J.K. Rowling Contributing a ‘Doctor Who’ Story?

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rowling J.K. Rowling Contributing a Doctor Who Story?

With each passing season, it seems that the BBC’s revived rendition of Doctor Who continues to grow, as more fans are discovering the series on Netflix and other services. We’ve already gotten a glimpse of what the second half of season 7 will offer, and the recent Christmas special has certainly kept interest high.

Since the Doctor won’t rematerialize on TV screens until the spring, the time seems ripe to whet fans’ appetites for more Who material. Now, it seems that everyone’s favorite Doctor could be about to receive a bit of magic from an unlikely source.

According to Hypable, the BBC plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who franchise with a series of 11 new short stories – called e-shorts – each featuring a different incarnation of the Doctor. However, what’s most intriguing is that this project will feature collaborations with a number of well-known children’s authors.

Showrunner Steven Moffat has refused to divulge precisely which writers will be involved; however, it’s hard not to wonder whether J.K. Rowling – whose Harry Potter saga stands as the best-selling book series and highest-grossing film franchise of all time – might lend her storytelling prowess to the world of Doctor Who.

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Rowling already has a relationship with the network, as the BBC is developing a television adaptation of her recent release The Casual Vacancy. It’s not a stretch then to surmise that she might be one of the writers contributing a story to this Doctor Who project.

Publisher Juliet Matthews made a brief comment on the list of authors fans can expect. Here’s what she had to say:

“We are delighted to have 11 sensational children’s authors involved in the series, all bringing an individual style, imagination and interpretation to their eshort tribute to The Doctor. This is a who’s who of children’s fiction coming together to celebrate the much-loved Doctor Who.”

Given Doctor Who‘s strong ties to the UK, it makes sense that such authors would include largely British writers who specialize in the kind of fantasy and sci-fi themes that the series deals with on a regular basis, and in that regard, no one has had more success than Rowling.

Promotional videos of each author will be featured on the BBC Worldwide YouTube channel starting January 11, and the first story will be released on January 23rd. A paperback collection of all the stories will follow in the fall.

Doctor Who returns to television on BBC and BBC America in April 2013.

Source: Hypabale

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  1. Did you just make this up for clicks?

  2. This isn’t so much news, as guessing… Will there be an article for each of the eleven suspected authors?

  3. Idea: Harry Potter and the Doctor team up to stop a Dalek invasion lead by the resurrected Lord Voldemor in an attempt to break out Rassilon from the Time-Lock. Boom! Epic as F**k. Ofcourse Harry and The Doctor don’t get along at first so there will be a small battle where it’s sonic screw driver vs magic wand.

  4. The information may be thin but this is still a credible guess at the very least. Part of how they ‘sell’ these stories to the people is by having famous children’s authors write them, so Rowling would be an obvious choice. If it turns out she isn’t writing one, it’d be more likely that she turned it down, rather than her not being offered the chance.

  5. NO!!! NO!!! NO!!!

  6. Some things are so boringly inevitable as to converge on nausea. This is one. Next step we may suppose is the great British icon co-authoring a Star Trek movie by way of again trying to substantiate a creative imagination and unique voice; the former she never did have, the latter she stole.

  7. She will just steal the idea from someone else like she did for harry potter from Troll, a 1986 move that she has never denied copying it from

    Even down to the name harry potter…

    Funny as she is the first to sue anyone that has a similar idea

  8. and a pity they were perfect together
    river and the eleventh doctor a couple breathtaking
    we would have views of the beautiful
    with two brilliant minds so
    river and the doctor thinks for a bit if they had children
    of children with a higher than normal intelligence
    would have been even greater than their rocking
    I wish that Steven Moffat took all this into consideration
    we’ll see
    you never know he is so unpredictable

    it would be fantastic
    I will not even
    that this pair
    river and the doctor to separate

    river and the eleventh doctor
    to imitate a pair ready to give our lives for one another
    for me this is true love