News Briefs: Neil Gaiman Will Write a Cybermen Episode of Doctor Who

By Tim Surette

Nov 08, 2012

GEEK NEWS

... The Sandman author and graphic-novel god Neil Gaiman will write an episode of Doctor Who, his second, for the upcoming season. Gaiman's episode will run in the spring and—get this—feature the villainous tin cybogs known as the Cybermen. The Cybermen first debuted in 1966 and last appeared in the 2011 episode “Closing Time.” [BBC America via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Approximately 66.8 million viewers tuned in to watch election coverage last night, down slightly (6 percent) from the 2008 election. Maybe some people saw Barack Obama versus white guy and figured it was a repeat? Early numbers suggest NBC won the ratings war, with an average of 12.56 million viewers in primetime. CNN took home the cable prize with a 4.9 rating in the adult demo, but Fox News claimed most overall viewers with 11.6 million. No spoilers! Don't tell me who won yet, I still have it on my DVR. I'm going to watch it as soon I get through all these Super Bowls that I have piled up. [TV By the Numbers]

... The third season of Downton Abbey will premiere in the United States on January 6. That should be plenty of time for you to perfect your scoff at those who don't watch it. [Vulture]

... Two projects from Black List writer Thompson Evans are in the works. Fox is developing Night Hunters, about two cops who pose as cab drivers, and NBC is working on Max General, about the goings-on in the trauma center of a hospital. Cops and doctors! Doctors and cops! We get it, TV! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Chelsea Handler is getting behind another female comic by producing a new show. Fortune Feimster, who writes and co-stars in Handler's Chelsea Lately, will star in the project Discounted, about two half-sisters who try to keep their family furniture business running. The way Handler is sheparding projects for her Chelsea Lately crew, the janitor will have an NBC sitcom in no time. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sundance Channel has unveiled its development slate for next season, and it features some very serious dramas. Valentines is based on the Olaf Olafsson novel and follows the love lives of a high-powered New York attorney and his three stunning daughters. Behind the Sun is set in mid-'80s Malibu and is about a family that discovers the only child is allergic to the sun. The Descendants is not based on the movie of the same name, and instead focuses on a sheriff who teams up with neighboring Native Americans after tragedy strikes his family. T looks at the life of a transgender man and his emotional present and flashes back to his days as a college lesbian. And Death in the Modern Age is about a man who fakes his own death to start over after his current life goes to shambles. [Sundance via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Actor Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has taken the lead in the HBO project The Missionary. He'll play a young American who gets tangled in the Cold War while in Germany. This was the role that Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul was set to take before scheduling commitments intervened. [Deadline]

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  • WillianStein Nov 13, 2012

    for a moment I thought, the missionary would be a really boring softcore porn.....

  • TrueTvWatcher Nov 10, 2012

    Can't wait for Neil Gaiman's Doctor Who Episode!

    Downtown Abbey!

    Chelsea Handler is becoming quite the mogul!

  • ElgaNelly Nov 09, 2012

    I hope the 2nd part of the season of Doctor Who won't suck like the 1st part.

  • fweak Nov 09, 2012

    Neil Gaiman is an epic storyteller, I'm sure it'll be a great episode.

    HBO's the Missionary sounds interesting!

  • dragon22a Nov 09, 2012

    Gaiman's "The Doctors Wife" was one of my favorite episodes of the series so far so I am really excited to see what he will do with the Cybermen. The Doctors Wife was a deep character driven episode so I wonder if he will take that type of approach to the Cybermen, possibly looking at the suppressed emotions of a Cyberman.

  • JT_Kirk Nov 09, 2012

    I wonder how much leeway they'll give Gaiman with the Cybermen. The Cybermen are really boring villains because they're the same exact thing every time, they're basically robot zombies, but the underlying concept has a lot of material for someone with a twisted vision like Gaiman to make a statement from, as he did with the TARDIS in his last episode.

    Poor Fox News viewers having to watch the on-screen talent bicker and melt down over Obama winning. That was some hilarious stuff with Karl "incredulous" Rove buying into the hype rather than the numbers.

    "Night Hunters" sounds kinda interesting, but not on Fox, it sounds too serious and slow and noir for the frenetic Fox network.

  • klotensen Nov 09, 2012

    I think you can do amazing things with the cybermen but almost every episode with them I dislike ...

    Hopefully Gaiman gets it done, I love Sandman and American Gods!

  • Komboloi Nov 08, 2012

    Cybermen have become boring. I think they should add new enemies for Doctor and not repeat old ideas of the past.

  • LarissaPeixot Nov 08, 2012

    I want to watch (almost) everything from the Sundance Channel!

  • No1Slayerette Nov 08, 2012

    I didn't actually enjoy Gaiman's 'The Doctor's Wife' all that much, and I'm not sure about the old series, but since their return in the new series the Cybermen haven't been very entertaining villians.

  • JT_Kirk Nov 09, 2012

    Wow, The Doctor's Wife was easily my favorite Matt Smith episode of all time, I'm surprised to hear it's not liked.

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