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12th Doctor Story “Lights Out”

lights-out-holly-black-coverThe Guardian has confirmed that author Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) has written a 12th Doctor story in Puffin’s eshort series of Doctor Who adventures entitled “Lights Out”.

Black said: “It’s a huge honour to get to write a story in such an amazing science fiction universe, one which makes for an ultimate writer’s playground with it’s flexibility across time and space.”

“I am a big fan of the series and of the Doctor himself, our alien hero who reminds us over and over of our humanity and carries a screwdriver instead of a gun.”

Black joins authors Eoin Colfer, Michael Stott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson and Neil Gaiman, whose stories were released throughout 2013 to celebrate each Doctor.

A new paperback anthology containing the story, “12 Doctors, 12 Stories”, will be released 23 October 2014.

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37 comments
TheFirst
TheFirst

Well, I am certainly glad I didn't buy they previous anthology yet. Guess I'll wait for this one.

TheTardisIsCrashingAgain
TheTardisIsCrashingAgain

I can't wait to get this book-Derek Landy (writer of Skulduggery Pleasant) wrote the 10th Doctor's Story!

Liana21
Liana21

Sounds great, but I don't know what to do with the book i already have.

And they could make one with War, couldn't they?

theuntaintedchild
theuntaintedchild

So I may just be out of the loop here. As in ignorant about the inner workings of the publication business. But I've got an honest question I would like answered by anyone who can help. How do these authors write a character we haven't seen in action yet? I've read a couple of doctor who novels and they seem to capture the voice of their respective Doctors quite nicely. We've seen so little of Capaldi in action. He's only said three of four lines. How are they going to capture his voice and mannerisms? Do prospective authors get a sneak peak at the show?(Is this how they keep getting leaked?) I know that it can take ages to write a good book. Are they busy writing all of the stuff that the Doctor isn't involved with and will they just stick him in there once they get to know him better? Please someone help me with the burning questions. LOL

The Eternal
The Eternal

Thats another 23rd. 23rd of November, 23rd of August now 23rd of October!... It won't be long untill anything related to Doctor Who can only be released on the 23rd day of any

month!

DWISCOOL100
DWISCOOL100

The title sounds interesting. Could this mean a horror style story? That would interest me

PK-S
PK-S

Right - my excitement levels have risen and I simply cannot wait. Oh, and DWTV, since that photo's pretty low quality, the Doctor Who Facebook page have put up a better one.

Venawesomeo
Venawesomeo

Eoin Colfer? Patrick Ness?! Good lord, I shall have to read those..

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Gah, I already own the 11 Doctors version. Oh well, at least I didn't spend any money on it, it was a Christmas present.

Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh

Oh my goodness! Holly Black?! This is awesome! Spiderwick used to be my favorite book series- I owned every single one! Wow!

TardisBoy
TardisBoy

Oh. My. Flipping. Goodness. I LOVE HOLLY BLACK!!!! I adore 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' they were a comfort of mine growing up. I seriously cannot wait to read this, she is an absolutely incredible author and I just know her story will be brilliant and she'll do the 12th Doctor justice. ARRRRRGH!!! SO excited :D



edoe101
edoe101

Ooh. Never saw this coming! I'm very glad I never got the 11 Doctor's paperback thing!

Time_And_Space_Pirate
Time_And_Space_Pirate

Watch as they select another writer to do a War Doctor short, and they release yet another paperback version as an evil ploy.


 

But in all seriousness, I'm a fan of physical copies, so I'm happy I procrastinated on getting the previous paperback collection. One of the few scenarios where laziness pays off!


Going by the use of past tense in the article, I assume she's already written it. The only concern I have is that Black probably wasn't shown footage of the new series, so she had no clue of what his character is like, so it might be awkward to read the story a few months down the line, the same scenario with Michael Moorcock's The Coming of the Terraphiles, featuring the 11th Doctor. 


Still, the story can still be great even if the personality may be off, so I'm optimistic overall.

mczolly
mczolly

I've bought the 11 Doctors version, because I thought it's a collection... apperantly it was not. Very stupid move, Pinguin.

The Shed Adventurer
The Shed Adventurer

Might get this, I enjoyed the Spiderwick Chronicles, and it'll be nice to have all 12 stories together

The Finn
The Finn

Haven't read anything from her, but I hope the story is good!

CyberSmith
CyberSmith

Now they need to do The War Doctor........

CyberSmith
CyberSmith

Only thought that they were only doing it for the 50th anniversary.......

ilyootha
ilyootha

They're re-relesing the paperback with a new story added? It's a good thing that I still haven't bought the 11 Doctors version then!

PK-S
PK-S

I must admit I was a little crestfallen when I found out the news. Black is a big name, yes, but, really, given that they're releasing 500 pages of already published material again then she really would have to be a big name in order to merit that. They should have just published it separately as an e-book.

PK-S
PK-S

@theuntaintedchild Well, the BBC officially sanction the release of scripts to authors tasked with writing for a Doctor yet to be onscreen - in this case, Holly Black along with Mike Tucker, Justin Richards and James Goss. The latter three will have completed their full length books a while ago but they'll have seen many scripts and clips to base the characterisation on. Really, if you're a good enough writer then you can use this tiny snippet alone and nail the character. And no, the release of the scripts aren't connected to the leaks (that was an admin error). Tommy Donbavand, who wrote for Clara in Shroud of Sorrow (before she started as a full-time companion in The Bells of St. John), said to me once that he had to sign several contracts when he was given scripts, and he couldn't tell anyone which scripts in particular. To conclude, it's not really that hard to write without seeing a character, especially Doctor Who when you have all these interviews describing the characters, direct access to the scripts and sneak peeks at clips. Hope this helps.

andyot7777
andyot7777

@StephenCoppins We just got a FULL length book featuring the War Doctor on 31st July! And it's available in both Kindle edition and paperback.

PK-S
PK-S

@Time_And_Space_Pirate I wouldn't be too certain. Black might have been allowed to see footage of him or she might still be writing it by the time Deep Breath hits screens. It'll be the same case with Justin Richards, James Goss and Mike Tucker. 

WhoFanNo565
WhoFanNo565

I have, and I'm hating myself so much right now!

PK-S
PK-S

@luckypenny @PK-S Haha. Yes, I really hope the rumours of a potential War Doctor e-book come to fruition.