Doctor Who writer Neil Gaiman wants to bring back the Yeti

The fantasy author is also keen on creating his own iconic villain but "the trouble is time"

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He’s humanised the Tardis, upgraded the Cybermen and now Neil Gaiman wants to take on the Yeti.

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The prestigious fantasy author, highly regarded by Doctor Who fans ever since his debut episode The Doctor’s Wife in 2011, revealed that he wants to bring back the classic foe who first appeared in 1967’s The Abominable Snowmen before returning the following year in The Web Of Fear, under the control of the Great Intelligence.

“In my head, I love that the Great Intelligence has come back, but I miss the Yeti. I would love to have a huge shambling robotic Yeti, just because I loved them when I was a kid. So, I would love to do that. That would be wonderful,” he told Collider.

As well as bringing back villains, however, Gaiman also went on to say he’d like to create one as iconic as the Daleks or Steven Moffat’s own Weeping Angels. Although, he admits, he simply might not have the time for such a commitment.

“I’d love to create a monster, and have it be one that’s interesting enough or fun enough to come back, written by somebody else, or turn up completely reinvented. I’d love to do that and have the feeling that you’d actually left something behind. I think that’s hard. I love that Terry Nation left us the Daleks, and I love that Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis left us the Cybermen.

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“The trouble with everything, these days, for me, is time. There is only one me. There are a ridiculous number of demands on my time. There are so many things I’m trying to do. It’s so much more about when I’m going to get time to do it, if I get time. I think they’ll have me back. They seem to like me at Doctor Who, and I know that I definitely like them.“