The BBC recently announced a release of eleven official ‘eShorts’, presumably short Doctor Who stories to be published online, to be released this year as part of the fiftieth anniversary plans.
Each story will be written by well known children’s authors and will feature one of the Doctors incarnations per book starting with the First Doctor, as portrayed by William Hartnell.
No authors have been announced as yet but one name that is currently being rumoured is none other than J K Rowling, the creator and writer of the internationally famous Harry Potter books. Rowling was originally asked to write an episode for Doctor Who back in 2005 when Russell T Davies was in charge of the show but she declined due to her heavy workload with the remaining Harry Potter books still to write and other projects. Perhaps now that Harry Potter has finished and her newest and more adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, hasn’t been as well received, she might want to try her hand at writing for a larger show such as Doctor Who.
Other well known writers that have been connected to this new series of Doctor Who novels include Philip Pullman and Anthony Horowitz but again, confirmation is pending. Publisher Juliet Matthews remained tight lipped about who would be contributing and instead talked about her excitement for the forthcoming series:
We are delighted to have such sensational children’s authors linked to the series, all bringing an individual style, imagination and interpretation to their eshort tribute to the Doctor.
Could this be a who’s who of children’s fiction coming together to celebrate the much-loved Doctor Who?