Some exciting Doctor Who news has been revealed today, as showrunner Steven Moffat announces a stellar cast and returning monster for the hotly anticipated Neil Gaiman 2013 episode.

Taking to the Doctor Who website to announce the news, Moffat sang high praise for one of the Doctor’s oldest adversaries.

“Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most,” he said in an official press release earlier today. “Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing.”

Having initially appeared opposite First Doctor William Hartnell in 1966’s “The Tenth Planet,” the cyborgs have attempted universal domination in an array of different guises – in fact, the Cybermen are one of the most frequently changed species in Who history. Their last makeover was perhaps the most dramatic, having been completely redesigned for their first appearance in the rebooted show in 2006 – a look they have more or less retained all the way up to their most recent appearance in last year’s “Closing Time”.

The notoriety of the Cybermen twinned with a script by Coraline and “The Doctor’s Wife” writer Neil Gaiman has certainly attracted a few big names to the episode. Principally, Harry Potter alumnus Warwick Davis (who earlier this year voiced his enthusiasm for a part on the show), as well as Being Human‘s Jason Watkins and the previously announced Tazmin Outhwaite.

“[W]ith one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it’s no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick,” Moffat added.

Production on the currently untitled episode has already begun, and will air next spring starring Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Are you excited to see the return of the Cybermen and the Doctor Who debut of Warwick Davis?

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