The BBC have announced a series of Doctor Who eBooks by “well known children’s authors,” to be published one a month from now until November. Each is going to tell a story of a different incarnation of The Doctor, and then, in time for the show’s 50th anniversary, they’re all going to pe published in an anthology paperback.
The authors would seem to come with fandoms and reputations, as the very unveiling of their names is being turned into a media event. The first will be announced next Monday, and then next Friday, that author will appear in a special YouTube video. This pattern will be repeated each month.
Without any real evidence other than the fact that she’s a well known children’s author, several sites are already naming JK Rowling in their headlines – she’s got good clickability and SEO value in a way that Cressida Cowell, Michael Morpurgo or Terry Deary just don’t.
I can certainly imagine Rowling writing one of these stories, but I’m not expecting it. Nobody knows anything or is even claiming an unnamed source is associating Rowling with the project, they just see the value in putting her in the headline because she can’t be ruled out.
That’s dot one.
Now. Earlier this afternoon, Neil Gaiman revealed that he’s been doing some research by watching an old Doctor Who skit from Children in Need.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 4, 2013
It’s not going to be anything to do with Gaiman’s episode of this year, as that’s already been filmed.
Perhaps it’s for a tribute to Steven Moffat. Maybe it’s for something with Rowan Atkinson. Or Joanna Lumley. Most likely, though, it’s something to do with Doctor Who.
And that’s dot two.
And as the crayon makes its way from dot to dot, it’s nice to think that Gaiman could be writing one of these eBooks, and for any of the eleven Doctors.
‘His Doctor,’ Gaiman has said, was Patrick Troughton as the second. So, assuming he was given his pick of the run, that he’d actually pick ‘his Doctor’ and that I’ve drawn a crayon line where there should be one, I’d guess we’ll be seeing Gaiman announced at the beginning of February.