A Scene Cut form Neil Gaiman’s “Doctor Who” Script

On his blog, Neil Gaiman just shared this scene which he’s cut from his “Doctor Who” script.  He claims it has nothing to do with the plot, but we’re sure Doctor Who anoraks will intuit something from it.  For the rest of us, it’s just an entertaining bit of writing, and might give us a sense on where he’s got the right end of the stick (screwdriver?) Doctorwise.

The Doctor has just been given a bowl of something to eat. Something…possibly… alien

AMY
Is it something people can eat?
(to Doctor)
Shouldn’t you scan it with your screwdriver or something?

THE DOCTOR
Why would I scan food with my screwdriver?

AMY
See if it’s safe?

The Doctor leans over, dips his finger into his bowl, tastes it.

THE DOCTOR
Some unusual trace elements, smidge too much background radiation, but, yeah, very yummy.

Amy is about to try some of his food… he stops her.

THE DOCTOR (cont’d)
No. Don’t put it in your mouth.

AMY
Not for humans?

THE DOCTOR
Not for you. Tastes like Marmite on socks.

Well, that food may taste like Marmite on socks.  But this little exchange tastes 100% “Doctor Who”!  And if this is the quality of a cut scene, we have high hopes for the rest of the script.


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