Neil Gaiman’s ‘Doctor Who’ episode takes show ‘back to its roots’

Spoiler alert: Gaiman teases his upcoming 'Doctor Who' story

Neil Gaiman took inspiration from the origins of Doctor Who for his forthcoming episode in the series, he has revealed.

The iconic fantasy author has penned an episode of the new series, to be broadcast next Saturday (May 14). It bears the teasing title The Doctor’s Wife. Now Gaiman has teased fans with a few more details about the story. He told SFX that the story takes The Doctor “back to his roots.”

The very first episode from 1963, An Unearthly Child, was set in a London junkyard on Totter’s Lane. Gaiman has now revealed: “It’s set on a junkyard planet. If I can’t actually take them back to Totter’s Lane, then I can take them back to somewhere which I described in the script as ‘the Totter’s Lane at the edge of the universe.

“When I was thinking of ways I could go further into the Tardis, I suddenly had this idea for a plot creep up at right angles to me. I got to do something that you’re only allowed to do once.”

Gaiman‘s episode guest-stars former Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones.