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Normally “no” and “I’m not telling you” are the words frequently spat out of the mouth of Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffat, but he made an interesting comment this evening when asked about Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

In a Q&A session at the AdLib comedy event in Edinburugh on Wednesday night, Moffat was asked several questions about Doctor Who and Sherlock.

A member of the audience asked if J.K. Rowling will pen one of the planned Doctor Who 50th Anniversary short stories which the BBC has said will be written by famous “well-known children’s authors.”

“I can’t confirm that… right now,” said Moffat, insinuating that at some point he will confirm Rowling’s involvement.

Hypable had speculated in January that Rowling could be one of the authors who accepted an invitation to write. All 11 stories will be published this November. Eoin Colfer is one of the previously-announced authors.

It would make sense if the famous author were to write something for the U.K.’s biggest television show because it’s not the first time she was almost involved with Who.

We’ve known for some time that Rowling was invited to write an episode for a previous season of the show, but she declined.

In e-mails reported on by Metro back in 2008, former show runner Russell T. Davies said, “Back in 2004, I asked J.K. Rowling to write an episode of Doctor Who, though she politely declined, and reflecting that we can’t possibly get someone to star in next year’s Christmas Special who’s as famous as Kylie…when all those things coalesced. BAM! I thought, don’t ask J.K. to write a Doctor Who, ask her to be in a Doctor Who! We’ve done Dickens, Shakespeare, Agatha Christie…why should kids think that all great authors are dead?”

He went on to explain the decision to not include her in the 2008 Christmas special. “David [Tennant] doesn’t like the J.K. idea, he thinks it sounds like a spoof, so we’ve paused slightly, wondering whether to win him round or just abandon something that he’s not going to be happy with. We’ve got to keep him happy. He keeps us happy. Plus, he might be right. So that idea has parked itself, and I doubt we’d ever get J.K. – she doesn’t need to do it.”

So will this time be different? Will Moffat actually get J.K. Rowling to contribute to the Doctor Who universe? We can’t wait to find out!

Would you prefer J.K. Rowling writes a short story or an episode for ‘Doctor Who’?

Thanks to Blogtor Who, who was at the event.

  • PabloRuiz7

    Yes. Please. Give it to me. Now. I need this. Make it happen.

    • Lauren

      I always see your comments. You’re awesome.

      • PabloRuiz7

        No, the entire community of Hypable commenters is awesome! ;)

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  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    I hope so! I WILL DIE!! It would be so freaking amazing!

  • antonia31

    Wait, they wanted to do an episode with JK Rowling starring? THAT IS HILARIOUS

  • Guest

    EEEEEKKKKK! If this is true, which Doctor do you think/want her to write? 9,10,11 (has the author for next month’s been announced yet?)?

  • matthewhpg

    Moffat, if you do this…I will forgive you for Amy and Rory.

    • Souffle Girl

      Hell, I’d forgive him for every death, heartbreak and exploded feels that he’s responsible for!!!

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    I would be happy for her to contribute in any way, shape or form to Doctor Who. If she writes a short story, I would love for her to publish one on the Tenth Doctor. He was the regeneration who showed a love of Harry Potter (Good ol’ JK!) I think it would be cute if she wound up writing a story about him.

  • Maria Wang

    OMG dont’ tease me like that!

  • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

    I would love for her to write for either 9 (she’s good at writing morose and kinda dark) or 11 (with her affinity for the whimsical) – but I bet the internet would literally explode if she wrote a story for 10.

    … I like the internet, I don’t want it to explode. :/

  • http://dave.org.uk/ Dave Cross

    “All 11 stories will be published this November”

    Er… no. The stories have been published on the 23rd of each month of the year. The Paul McGann story will be published tomorrow.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/HarriSargeant Harri Sargeant

      Er… no. The article was referencing the bound book version which will feature all eleven stories.

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  • stine

    Yes, I hope it happend! :D It would be so cool! And I hope they also travel back in time when J.K. Rowling got the idea of Harry Potter for the first time. Maybe they also can travel back in time when J.K. Rowling was a child too.

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    This would be AMAZING!!!!

  • Flitzy

    asdfghjkl give me now. :c

  • MrsSwiggy

    Both Harry Potter and Doctor Who fandoms together? I think that might rip a hole in the space-time continuum .

    • CantBanThis

      It would certainly be as shitty as a hole.

  • Kalie

    LET THIS HAPPEN! I might knock myslef out simple from the pure amazingness of my favorite author writing for my favorite show.
    PLLEASSSEEE J.K. Rowling, write this? Pretty please?

  • Dalekbuster523

    I hope she writes for the 10th Doctor, but I have a feeling that if she is writing one, it’ll end up being for the 11th. They’ll want to save the most well-known(and the best) for last, so it gets more hype and they get more money.

    • Souffle Girl

      Though the 11th would have more time generating hype, I would think that the 10th Doctor would be considered ‘the most well known and the best”…I don’t know, just my opinion.

      I really hope she writes the 10th Doctor though!!!!

      • ComeAlongPond

        I think that bit was referencing JKR not whichever doctor she writes for. Were she to write for Eleven, you might say they were saving the best author for last. Of course I think the internet will implode either way.

      • Guest

        No. The 4th Doctor is the most well known. Best is arguable, better is definite.

  • James Howell

    I’m just throwing this out there for speculation, but what if she is hired on to write a short story for GASP! The Twelth Doctor?

  • Matthew Howland

    My panties would hit the floor so fast.

  • Mandieline Meow

    This would be the most awesome I could ever imagine people do this

  • SonickedYou

    For a second I thought JK was rumored to be writing an actual Doctor Who ep. Which would be too epic to even imagine. Hope she writes a story though!

  • Cguy

    Do you know what would really be a mindfuck? If it was revealed that the Doctor told JK the idea for Harrry Potter in the first place. My brain, my brain is melting.

  • Cguy

    Do you know what would really be a mindfuck? If it was revealed that the Doctor, after reading the books, gave the idea of Harry Potter to JKR in the first place! My brain, my brain is melting.

    • CantBanThis

      Except we know that isn’t how it happened, she ripped off an old horror movie and then being completely innocent of plagiarism she settled the suit out of court complete with a gag order. HMMMMMM.

      http://en.wikipedia dot org/wiki/Troll_(film)#Similarity_to_Harry_Potter

  • Paul Friday

    Better still JK rowlings to pen a Movie!!

  • Word weaver

    An eeeeeepisode. Where’s my jk Rowling episode??? And more importantly, where’s my Diane Duane episode at??????

  • CantBanThis

    Why should kids think that all great authors are dead? Why should kids think JK Rowling is a great author?

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  • krisha

    I think it is kinda stupid. I never ever seen jk rowling ever write a science fiction show . Only reason why they would do it is to publicity which it already has in so many ways. but how she did the last book i might be consider to be interesting if she writes the short story . since it is more on her trend. they mention harry potter a bunch of times in doctor who before steven so i think maybe it should happen since how often do yoiu see a famous person actually alive on doctor who.

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