|UPDATED 16th January 2010
Hi everybody! Long time, no news huh?
Well, there was an interesting development reported on the Doctor Who News Page on Thursday which *may* possibly lead to my doing novelisations of specific episodes in the near future -
though don't hold your breath obviously!
Russell T. Davies has just published an updated version of his collaborative book The Writer's Tale with Benjamin Cook, available from all good retailers. However, to help promote this no doubt, he has made available from the Writer's Tale website the scripts for various recent episodes to download FOR FREE as PDF files. Those are: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED, PARTNERS IN CRIME, MIDNIGHT, TURN LEFT, THE STOLEN EARTH, JOURNEY'S END, THE NEXT DOCTOR, PLANET OF THE DEAD, THE WATERS OF MARS, THE END OF TIME - PART I and PART II
Now, as he obviously will not be profitting from these downloads, and neither Penguin or Ebury have produced any novelisations since I was stopped doing mine, I nor anybody else would seem to be treading on any financial toes by downloading them and novelising them, producing comic book versions etc. nor any copyright toes as long as we totally acknowledge his copyright over the text/dialogue - funny, I seem to remember doing this before... :)
Therefore, in the next few days I intend to e-mail Edward Russell back at the BBC, enclosing a copy of my novel of ROSE - which I *still* believe he never read before banning it! - and asking permission to novelize these episodes to be distributed totally and utterly for free from either here on the TARGET ONLINE website or from the BBC's own. RTD obviously hasn't given away his copyrights to what he wrote, but allowing them to be downloaded for free pretty much gives them away into the public domain.
Obviously this time, I'm not going to waste my time writing them if I'm going to get the rug pulled out from under me again; that would be plain stupid.
I also intend to see if I can get in contact with either Penguin, Ebury or both to ask if they have any intention of publishing novelisations themselves of the series; it is interesting to note that, in the interim, episodes of THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES *have* been novelised by Penguin, so it would seem the respective publishers are not adverse to the idea. Perhaps ROSE, THE END OF THE WORLD, DALEK et al that I have done may yet see a home with them instead, Mr Russell permitting of course?!
So thanks to everybody for your support and hopefully Mr Russell might be more amenable this time.
I will get back to you with any replies, positive or not, as soon as possible.
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