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!
Thanks to Blogtor Who, who was at the event.