Doctor Who Matt Smith to face Cybermen in Neil Gaiman episode

Doctor Who is to battle the Cybermen in a second episode written by Neil Gaiman.

The 11th Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, are to tackle the metallic menaces in a 2013 story, the BBC has confirmed.

The iconic baddies will feature in Episode 13, penned by Gaiman and directed by Stephen Woolfenden.

Also starring in the story are Warwick Davis (Life's Too Short, Harry Potter), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, Hotel Babylon, Paradox) and Jason Watkins (Being Human, Lark Rise to Candleford) as a band of misfits on a mysterious planet.

Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffatt said: "Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! 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."

He added: "And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning,
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