When I was a child there was one tv show I desperately wanted to watch, since everyone else was raving about it, but I wasn’t allowed to because my parents deemed it ‘too scary’ for a child of my age.
Years later, in my early 20s, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) began to replay several old tv shows on weekday afternoons. My employer had ‘flexitime’ which allowed us to arrive and leave earlier or later so long as we made up our hours. I used to go in early so I could come home in time to watch Degrassi High, Roger Ramjet, Monkey and – best of all – Doctor Who. I finally got to see the show I’d missed out on as a child.
I was thrilled when the new Doctor Who series began. I’ve been enjoying the new adventures and discovering that an awful lot of my Australian friends are huge fans of the show as well. So you can imagine my excitement when BBC books emailed to ask if I’d like to write a Doctor Who story.
It will be a Time Trip – novella-sized digital-only story published as part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. Here’s the press release:
BBC BOOKS TAKE DOCTOR WHO FICTION TO A NEW LEVEL
BBC Books is delighted to announce Time Trips, an exciting addition to their hugely popular Doctor Who digital list. Following the success of of the three digital-only e-shorts published last Autumn and earlier this year (The Angel’s Kiss, Devil in the Smoke and Summer Falls, each of which tied into a particular episode), as well as Doctor Who novels with Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds, Jenny Colgan and the estate of Douglas Adams. Time Trips is set to build on that success and expand the Doctor Who readership even further.
A new, long-term digital strand for the Doctor Who list, Time Trips will feature an exciting mix of high-profile commercial and literary writers, each of whom will write a 10,000 word adventure for their favourite Doctor. Authors confirmed so far include Nick Harkaway, AL Kennedy, Jenny Colgan and Trudi Canavan, with more to be announced shortly. From romantic fiction to high fantasy to high thrillers, there are a lot of Doctor Who fans in the literary world!
BBC Books Senior Editorial Director Albert De-Petrillo bought world rights in each of the stories. De-Petrillo said ‘Time Trips is a project I have long wanted to do. There’s a unique affection for Doctor Who amongst writers and readers across genres and I can’t believe our good luck to have Nick Harkaway, AL Kennedy, Jenny Colgan and Trudi Canavan on the launch list. It’s a truly formidable line-up, with more to come. This series really is taking Doctor Who fiction to a new level and I can’t wait for people to read these brilliant stories’
AL Kennedy said ‘I was first introduced to Doctor Who when I was three or four and he has been a happy part of my life ever since. I am delighted to become in any way a part of his stories’
Jenny Colgan, also a lifelong Doctor Who fan, said ‘It is such an honour to be part of the prestigous Time Trips line-up, with so many excitingly fresh perspectives on the Doctor’s life and adventures’ .
Nick Harkaway added ‘ There is a list of calls you want and know you’ll never get. Joel Rubichon invites you to eat any time; Penelope Cruz needs a tango partner…and then someone calls and asks you if you want to write a story for a new BBC Books’ Doctor Who digital series. And that is the real thing and it feels every bit as fantastic as you would imagine. I’m sure the tango would be good too, mind you’
BBC Books plan to release the first in the Time Trips series at the end of the year, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, with further stories to be published throughout 2014. Each story will be priced at £1.99. A print collection is due for release next year. Additional authors will be announced in the coming months.