Will The Drosten’s Curse Expand The Death Pit?

A new Fourth Doctor story is coming out this summer, written by A. L. Kennedy (Day; The Blue Book).

Fans may remember Kennedy writing The Death Pit, a short story originally released as an ebook but collected together with the work of other writers (including Jenny Colgan, Cecelia Ahern, and Jake Arnott) in the Time Trips anthology. The Scottish writer obviously enjoyed writing for Tom Baker’s Time Lord because she’ll be tackling him again in The Drosten’s Curse.

And this is an interesting one – it sounds as if she’s expanded The Death Pit into a full 384-page novel…

Isn’t life terrible? Isn’t it all going to end in tears? Won’t it be good to just give up and let something else run my mind, my life?

Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers’ Golf Spa Hotel, never to be seen again. It might be related to the strange twin grandchildren of the equally strange Mrs Fetch – owner of the hotel and fascinated with octopuses. It could be the fact that people in the surrounding area suddenly know what others are thinking, without anyone saying a word.

Whatever it is, the Doctor is most at home when faced with the distinctly odd. With the help of Fetch Brothers’ Junior Receptionist Bryony, he’ll get to the bottom of things. Just so long as he does so in time to save Bryony from quite literally losing her mind, and the entire world from destruction.

Because something huge, ancient and alien lies hidden beneath the ground – and it’s starting to wake up…

At the time of the short story’s release (in December 2013), Kennedy said she’d like to make The Death Pit into a more expansive tale, and it seems as if the BBC has given her her wish. It’s a bit odd, though, considering the ebook garnered very mixed reviews; and with a talent like her on the good ship TARDIS, why not ask her to come up with a brand new tale instead?

We’ll have to wait until 16th July to find out how well this works, when it’s released as a hardback, and audiobook (read by Clare Corbett). Its RRP is £18.99, but Amazon UK currently has it for £12.91, while the BBCShop has it on pre-order for £11.49.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion: http://thedoctorwhocompanion.com/

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