Neil Gaiman Defends Doctor Who Against Pratchett
It’s fair to say a lot of people were a bit miffed when Terry Pratchett, King of fantasy fiction, dissed Doctor Who recently labelling the show ‘ludicrous’.
Now fantasy novellist Neil Gaiman has stepped up to the plate to defend Who’s honour. Gaiman is the man behind Coraline and Stardust as well as the Sandman graphic novel series. He’s also a new writer for Who, having penned an episode that will air in 2011.
Gaiman told the BBC that, “Doctor Who has never pretended to be hard science fiction. At best Doctor Who is a fairytale, with fairytale logic, about this wonderful man in this big blue box who at the beginning of every story lands somewhere where there is a problem.”
You tell ’em, Gaiman! OK it’s not quite the bout we imagined but at least he stood up for the integrity of the Timelord.
Having written some wildly fantastical characters, Gaiman felt right at home being able to write a Who script. ‘I don’t know what it’s like to be God – obviously. Until that very first moment when you get to sit down and type the words in your script: INTERIOR. TARDIS. Suddenly I got a very good idea of what it must feel like. I went: ‘I’m writing it now, this scene in the Tardis. I’m writing it!’ And that was amazing. It was wonderful.”