The return of the Cybermen in the next run of Doctor Who isn’t much of a surprise, seeing as the sci-fi show’s modern episode structure seems to simply alternate between the Daleks and the Cyberman for inspiration, but what fans will like is news of a new Neil Gaiman episode.
Gaiman’s previous episode was The Doctor’s Wife, a rather convoluted but well received story from the fourth series of the show, that managed to combine the backstory of the TARDIS with the end of an alternate universe. This time Gaiman’s been allowed to plot an outing for the Cybermen, with ex-Eastenders actress Tamzin Outhwaite and Life’s Too Short start Warwick Davis among the big names that’ll feature in the romp.
There will also be the now usual Christmas Special on December 25th, while the show itself will return for an eight-episode run in the spring of 2013. [BBC]