Neil Gaiman’s New WHO Script Uncovered (Spoilers!)

The sacred text itself, apparently

Surely there can be no bigger news in the world of DOCTOR WHO right now than the report that the script for Neil Gaiman’s series seven episode was discovered in the back of a taxi in Cardiff. The lucky finder posted a photo to Facebook with the Puckish line, “found Dr Who script in the back of a taxi. Cheeky spoilers anyone?”

The story goes that the finder tried to get in touch with the production team without success, but after the story hit Reddit, the producers were most eager to meet with her, and undisclosed arrangements were made to sort out the situation. Gaiman himself confirmed the script was genuine via his Twitter account.

As one might imagine, the script is nothing but spoilers, however, only a few minor reveals have been linked to the found script – the biggest being the actual name of the episode. (The monster(s) involved were confirmed earlier by the BBC.) If you want to avoid even little scraps of knowledge/confirmations, don’t you dare make the jump!

OK, for those still with me, the name of the episode is “The Last Cyberman.” The script confirms that the new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman is indeed named “Clara,” and Warwick Davis is playing a character with the very Gaiman-esque name of “Porridge.” (Davies coincidentally Tweeted about completing a job on DW:

Just finished my first day’s filming on #DrWho. It’s been my ambition for years. And to top it all – there are Cybermen in this episode!

Ah, yes, the Cyberman. Obviously, at least one of the mechanized marvels figures in the script – but the truly exciting bit is the hints that we will meet the Cybermen from “our” universe, the monsters from Mondas (and later their adopted home, Telos). The classic Cybermen have not been verifiably seen in the revived series – unless that was the Cyberfleet the Doctor and Rory were destroying at the beginning of “A Good Man Goes to War” last season.

“Tomb of the Cybermen”

Naturally, the Cyberman are getting another upgrade, and a set reporter calling himself Ryan/Timeboy describes them thusly:

“Very similar to the Cybus ones, but they have tighter armour and Tomb of the Cybermen-like faces!!! Really shiny. The armour is slim-fitted rubber, similar to the new Sontarans, but silver. Guns fixed on arms, and the leader has an extra gun. They’re walking softly, slowly, and quietly, like the Hartnell/Troughton era Cybermen.”

Obviously, the Cybus Cybermen he’s referring to are the refugees from Pete’s Universe, built by Cybus Industries — not the “real thing” according to some fans (including myself).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said:

“Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing. And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it’s no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick.”

The Grand Moff is referring to cast members Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Watkins, as well as Warwick.

Oh, yeah? Sez you!

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