It seems that the news (and subsequent over the top reaction) of Michael Moorcock writing a Doctor Who novel for BBC Books all stems from the writer’s bad foot…

Writing in the Guardian recently, Moorcock was given the chance to put down his feelings about popular sci fi, his love of some classic Doctor Who and his subsequent rediscovery of the show since 2005.

When I was first offered the chance to write an original Doctor Who novel I hesitated. I felt I’d had enough fun and should settle down to the autobiographical stuff I’d mapped out for the next year or two. Then I realised that not only might I enjoy writing an original adventure, I could also take a look at what a character who has become part of our national folklore has come to mean.

I could do, in fact, what SF does best for an intelligent, knowing audience. So I told my agent to go ahead and draw up the contract.

Michael Moorcock’s acceptance of the offer to write for BBC Books is one of the biggest things to happen to Doctor Who written fiction in a long time – possible since BBC Books started publishing novels starring the Doctor in 1997, and certainly since the Virgin New Adventures range that preceded them began in 1991.