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Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible that J.K. Rowling might be connected to Doctor Who. The BBC has just announced a major project featuring a collaboration with children’s authors and the Doctor Who franchise.

As part of the 50th anniversary year of celebration, the BBC is planning on collaborating with “well-known children’s authors” to publish a series of eleven original Doctor Who stories called “eshorts.” Each eshort will feature one of the incarnations of the Doctor starting with the original William Hartnell version that debuted back in 1963. According to the BBC press release:

A paperback of the stories will be published by Puffin in November.

The first children’s author will be revealed on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page on Monday 7 January, followed by the first story on Wednesday 23 January.

A promotional video of each author will also be available each month on the BBC Worldwide YouTube channel starting on Friday 11 January.

Being his usual, cryptic self, showrunner Steven Moffat refused to give any hints as to whom would be on the list because it would ruin the surprise. Given that Doctor Who has very much kept to its roots as an unabashedly, iconic British show, it’s more than likely that each of these “well-known children’s authors” will have strong ties to the U.K. So the question is, who might appear on the list? Several names, Rowling’s among them, immediately leap to mind. Our prediction of likely candidates includes the following who are best known for their work in fantasy and sci-fi novels: Anthony Horowitz, Philip Pullman, Alan Garner, Geraldine McCaughrean, Michelle Paver, Susan Price, and Kate Thompson.

Commenting on the quality of the assembled authors, publisher Juliet Matthews stated, “We are delighted to have 11 sensational children’s authors involved in the series, all bringing an individual style, imagination and interpretation to their eshort tribute to The Doctor. This is a who’s who of children’s fiction coming together to celebrate the much-loved Doctor Who.”

Is there any British children’s author you think is likely to appear on the list?

  • http://twitter.com/JonHike jghike

    I think I just had a fandom-gasm.

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    You know what, I now want JK Rowling to write a few episodes of Doctor Who. They’d be so good.

    • http://twitter.com/a1000wtp Angie

      From what I’ve heard, they asked her to write some episodes a few years back but she declined :-( Maybe she’ll reconsider now that she put out her book?

      • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

        I hope so. I mean I know that she’s probably working on something new now, but I want to see her write for television. She could probably end up writing a great show.

      • Odd

        She was writing HBP at that time.

        • Ande Anderson

          Ah, that makes sense. I would LOVE to see her write for the Doctor though.

  • http://twitter.com/msqu Marie Squyres

    I think a pretty logical and somewhat obvious author who was not mentioned and I think could very likely be connected would be one Neil Gaiman. He’s already written for the show twice, but he’s infinitely better known for his novels and short stories, including “Coraline” which has been adapted for film, and “The Graveyard Book” which won the Newberry, Hugo, Locus, Carnegie, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy awards the year it was released. Also, he loved Doctor Who before he started penning screenplays for Eleven.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      I thought about him, but figured since he just wrote an episode and I think that they are tapping him to write in 2014, they might let him off this one.

    • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

      He’s already wrote for the show. I think they’re going for authors that are solely writing their own material. These authors might be fresh off writing a book.

    • http://twitter.com/Rockets2Writing Jamie K.

      I agree I think he’s a likely candidate.

  • Rachel

    im actually crying. YESSSSSSSS!

  • Gary65

    This headline alone released enough serotonin in my body to glee me into silence. I’d never recover from the actual episode. OMFG YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gary65

    If they wanted to have a more humanistic story for one of the Doctors, they might try Jacqueline Wilson. She’s not Sci-Fi but that mightn’t hurt. Just a thought.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      I thought about putting her on the list. Literally the only thing that held me back was the lack of sci-fi/fantasy. i also thought about the guy who wrote Watership down, but he’s practically 100 and it seemed a bit unlikely.

  • Nevermore1001

    He’s Irish, but I think Derek Landy should write a Who story it episode. Has anyone read the Skulduggery Pleasant series? His wit and dark humor would be a perfect fit for Matt Smith’s Doctor.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Not a bad choice, and I think there’s been enough Irish staffers on the show ever the years that this is plausible. Obviously, a different country, but I think it’s possible.

    • HeavyHearts

      I like this. Please make this happen.

  • Brough Archer

    Not strictly children’s, but how Cool would it be for Terry Pratchett to write one?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Monkman/502331043 Robert Monkman

      He has done kids books too such as Amazing Maurice plus his ‘older’ books aren’t inaccessible to young people I was reading them around 12 or 13, I think these stories will be aimed at 8-14 year olds so he could be a decent shout

      • Brough Archer

        Maybe Luggage could make a guest appearance!!?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Monkman/502331043 Robert Monkman

          That’d be brilliant if they could all take one of their own characters and play with it like Tracey Beaker as the Assistant

    • Whispy360

      Yes yes yes please and thank you

    • Larreh

      The annoying thing is that as far as I can tell PTerry wasn’t a massive Whovian. Well, he watched the series avidly, but he wasn’t happy with it – at least in the RTD era.

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  • Phantomfluteplayer

    I didn’t know how badly I wanted this until now. JKR+Doctor Who. It would be two of my favorite things combined.

  • Glaciusx

    OH MY GOD PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

    Jo rejected the offer of writing the Christmas special a few years back so this seems unlikely..

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

    Jonathan Stroud?

    • sobabycarpediem


      • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

        He’s so underrated!

  • vikehi

    Susan Cooper “Dark is Rising” Sequence

  • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

    So let’s assume for a moment J.K is one of the authors – which Doctor does she write? Which of the eleven best encapsulates her strengths as a writer?

    Personally, I would say either Troughton or Smith. Perhaps even Hartnell.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Excellent question. I would lean towards the Doctor that she would remember best from childhood. Given that she was born in 1965 that would put Tom Baker and perhaps Peter Davison as squarely “her Doctors”

      • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

        Well that’s if she watched Doctor Who as a kid?

        The more I think about it the more I like her writing Hartnell. It’d be a great way to kick-start interest for the general public, and I think she’d be spot on for writing the mysterious grandfather type who has a bit of a dark tinge to him. She could even write from Susan’s perspective if she wanted. Tell me she couldn’t hit that out of the ballpark.

        • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

          I’d really LOVE a bit from the Susan POV, for that matter I want Adric! Seriously not that I have any pull at all, I want Adric!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

    They might get Gaiman involved with this too since he wrote a few scripts, but I don’t think I would like that because he wrote a few scripts lol. (as a side note I would be horrified if Stephanie Meyer was chosen.)

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Highly unlikely. I doubt they’ll stray far from the UK-based/born writers.

      • SpiritWitch120

        Sadly that doesn’t count out E L James. :(

        • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

          I don’t even want to begin to imagine what E.L. James would do with a sonic screwdriver! However, since it’s strictly “children’s authors” I think it’s safe to say we are safe from the clutches of E.L. James.

          • rsprague

            Oh God, Laura. That would be terrible.

  • thegarbar13

    Oh she better write Ten’s novel….. if she doesn’t I am going to throw a fit

    • DubiousLucy

      I really hope so to!! It’d be like my first author writing for my first doctor and that’s enough to make me SQUEEE!!! And cry lots of course xD

  • jack

    Pullman could write a great Who story too!

    • Charlotte

      Yeah… although I hear he’s not big on fantasy (despite having written one), so I don’t know if Doctor Who would appeal to him.

  • Guest

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the tagged Gaiman for one since he’s written an episode for the show.

  • ellie

    just putting it out there that britain does have more than one children’s author that are like super famous. Like david walliams, micheal rosen, julia donaldson

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

      Yeah, and they’re grabbing 11 authors which is why we think Rowling has a good shot. Surely she was offered.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Yep, that’s why I put seven other names out there as well

    • BritishHobo

      Walliams is a pretty big Who fan, too. Did a lot of sketches about the show, and had Tom Baker in his show.

      Crap, and he appeared as well. Forgot about that.

  • Larreh

    Don’t forget the great Eoin Colfer. After all, he wrote And Another Thing… so it’s entirely possible he’ll do a Who. Probably Fourth, since that’s connected to Douglas Adams.

    • OhHello

      Actually, he’s been confirmed as the writer for the first Doctor story!

  • Just Sayin’

    I have always wanted to see her involved in this show. My two favorite franchises, Dr. Who and Harry Potter. Now they could combine. JK Rowling penning a Dr. Who story would be the ultimate. I would go out of my way to get a copy of that story for my shelf.

  • grapes9h5

    So awesome!! I hope she does write one. I’d also kill for Phillip Pullman to pen one.

  • John Rutherford

    Oh please let this be true.

  • Jonathan Antony

    go kill yourself J.K. Rowling. I liked Harry Potter for it’s simplicity and easy reading. Doctor Who is complex and you are NOT a good enough author to write for it…

    • Lexi89

      There’s a difference between “easy reading” (i.e. basic vocabulary) and complex plot. She plotted all 7 novels at the beginning, kept track of multiple subplots per story, and put in several hints to horcruxes and other info in earlier books.

    • Jen

      hahaha, surely you jest. I think we can all agree that Doctor Who hasn’t always demonstrated the best writing (thanks Moff and RTD) – Dinosaurs on a Spaceship/Journey’s End anyone? Don’t be silly, JKR is overqualified.

    • HeavyHearts

      While you might not like someone’s style of writing, you should never start anything with the words “go kill yourself”.

  • http://twitter.com/trickey_joe Joe Trickey

    How about Stephen Fry? He nearly wrote an episode in 2005

  • http://twitter.com/trickey_joe Joe Trickey

    How about Stephen Fry? He nearly wrote an episode in 2005

  • https://twitter.com/maramawhyte Marama Whyte

    PHILIP PULLMAN <3 <3 <3 (pretty pretty please)

  • dfghjk

    What Rowling writes 11 (my fav doctor) and then she gets interested and starts writing episodes :O I LOVE THIS PLAN!!!

  • http://twitter.com/BeccaPhoenix16 Liam I exist

    I think my life will be mostly complete after reading

  • Stella Athena

    I know he’s American, but I think Rick Riordan would be brillint

  • fumbeweed

    David Walliams.

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