Gaiman's second episode for the sci-fi drama will reintroduce the classic monsters, pitting them against Matt Smith's Doctor once again.
"One of the things that Neil was initially really excited about was being given one of the classic Doctor Who monsters and being able to bring a new twist," Skinner told SFX.
The episode - rumoured to be titled 'The Last Cyberman' - will also see the Doctor "in conflict with the Cybermen in a new way", Skinner hinted.
"[It's] a huge episode for Matt," she revealed. "It's a brilliant performance, that one. It's interesting what Neil does - he always delivers such wonderful visual sequences... but one of his real strengths is that he gets right to the heart of the characters as well."
Warwick Davis (Life's Too Short), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders) and Jason Watkins (Being Human) will also appear in Gaiman's new episode, expected to air as the penultimate instalment of Doctor Who's new run.
The series returns to BBC One on Saturday, March 30 with Steven Moffat's 'The Bells of St John'.
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