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'Doctor Who,' Neil Gaiman And The Triumph Of 'Intellect Over Brawn'

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This morning, the amazing Neil Gaiman joined us in the studio to talk about the new prequel to his "Sandman" series and his incredible career as a writer.

Nicole — a listener from Attleboro, Mass. and a fan of Gaiman's work — made note of one accomplishment in particular: his stint as a writer on the long running British sci-fi series "Doctor Who," which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary this past Saturday. Nicole called in, still recovering from the emotional anniversary special that featured not one, but three doctors (well, four if you count a cameo by the fourth incarnation of the Doctor, Tom Baker, now almost eighty,) including fan favorite, David Tennant.

Three incarnations of the Doctor (Courtesy BBC Television)
Three incarnations of the Doctor (Courtesy BBC Television)
The TARDIS (Courtesy BBC Television)
The TARDIS (Courtesy BBC Television)

Gaiman, a lifelong Whovian (the affectionate moniker for fans of the show), remembered discovering the show back in his kindergarten days, when his peers turned milk bottles into Daleks (which as he kindly explained to host Tom Ashbrook as, "These little robots that look like pepper pot shaped, hatey, metal death machines, with eye stalks and toilet plungers as weapons.")

A Dalek (Courtesy BBC Television)
A Dalek (Courtesy BBC Television)

And like many in the century since the show's introduction, Gaiman fell in love with the odd man traveling through space and time in a little blue box: "The joy of 'Doctor Who,' was that it was always about intellect over brawn. Nothing was ever solved in 'Doctor Who' by somebody being bigger or stronger than somebody else, it was always about being smarter... That was what hooked me. I loved it."

"Getting to write episodes of doctor who, was my dream job." Gaiman admitted. (It's a sentiment shared by fellow life long 'Doctor Who' fan, actor Peter Capaldi, who will step into the role on Christmas Day as the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor.)

Happy Fiftieth Anniversary, Doctor Who!

- Emily Alfin Johnson

This program aired on November 25, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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