|UPDATED 18th January 2018
And then things went even quieter! Life, you
The reason for this update now, six years after the last,
is to finally finish the tale.
And by 'finally', I do mean FINALLY.
Last September, I heard the infamous Mr Edward Russell
was finally stepping down,
along with all the other people going from the Steven
Moffat or Russell T Davies eras that had hung on in.
I thought 'Great, a clean sweep, I can really try again
now.' Let's see what 2018 brings...
Well now, in 2018, the screaming starts!
Although, to be fair, it should have started toward the
end of last year, but I missed this news story -
so much for the DOCTOR WHO NEWS PAGE
which I always go to for official news -
which really puts an end to my novelisations once and for
A YouTube video I was watching - thank you, MrTARDISreviews
! - happened to mention as an aside something he'd talked
about in an earlier post.
A post about Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies doing
Target novelisations of some of their episodes!
I went and ferreted out the original article, which
appeared on RadioTimes.com on 15th
I have no idea if it got a mention in the magazine itself
for that week, but anyway, here below is the text -
minus episode synopsises - of the article (which remains
their copyright of course, no dispute):
Steven Moffat and Russell
are writing special Doctor Who novels
Both the current and
former showrunner are adapting their own episodes
for the iconic Doctor Who Target Collection,
alongside novelists Jenny Colgan and Paul Cornell
Though Steven Moffat may be exiting as Doctor Who
showrunner this Christmas,
that doesnt mean hes done with the
wonderful world of the Whoniverse.
RadioTimes.com has learned that the screenwriter
is teaming up with former
Who boss Russell T Davies and novelists Jenny
Colgan and Paul Cornell to
write a series of Doctor Who novelisations.
Based on the iconic Target novelisations that
retold classic Doctor Who episodes
from the 1970s to the 1990s, this new Target
Collection will be published
by BBC Books and Penguin Randomhouse, and will
see Davies and Moffat
adapt one of their own episodes each while Colgan
adapts the first full episode
featuring David Tennants Tenth Doctor and
Cornell adapts Peter Capaldis final episode.
Davies will adapt Rose, the very first episode of
the revived Doctor Who, which aired in
2005 and introduced the world to Billie Pipers
Rose Tyler and Christopher Ecclestons
Ninth Doctor. Meanwhile, frequent Who novelist
Colgan is penning the
novelisation for Davies 2005 festive
special The Christmas Invasion, the first full
outing for Tennants popular Tenth Doctor
which saw the Time Lord
face off against the Sycorax.
Following on from this, Moffat is set to adapt
one of his own episodes
2013 50th anniversary spectacular The Day of the
Doctor, which united
Tennant and Matt Smiths Doctors with John
Hurts previously-unseen War Doctor.
And old series hand Cornell, who wrote Doctor Who
episodes Fathers Day,
Human Nature and the Family of Blood (the latter
two-parter based on his own 1995
tie-in novel Human Nature) as well as numerous
novels and other spin-off media
based on the series, will adapt upcoming
Christmas episode Twice Upon a Time,
which airs this December and serves as both
Moffat and Peter Capaldis
Doctor Who swansong.
All four titles will be released on the 2nd April
Based on this exciting return, it seems that both
Davies and Moffat
have found it tricky to say goodbye to Doctor Who.
But given the weird and wonderful universe they
got to play in,
can we really blame them?
To be honest - no, we can't, but at the same time, yes,
It seems the idea of doing novelisations has always been
on the cards.
Perhaps partly to bolster the sales figures of the re-issues,
as I don't know how well they've been selling.
However, it seems patently obvious that if the work of
doing them is going to go anywhere,
it's going to be 'jobs for the boys' (and in this case
girl where she's also already known)
Just like with submitting scripts - don't you just love
the 'open door' policy they have these days?
Bring back JN-T!
Anyway, as far as re-submitting my novels to BBC Books,
that's obviously going to result in a resounding 'NO',
followed shortly by a 'Oi, that's our copyright!' again.
So, this is now my final post on the matter.
will not be updating this site again,
nor making any of my novelisations available ever again,
even if you beg!
Sorry, but this is where me and this part of my love of DOCTOR
WHO part company.
I would ask that you support the new books when they
but I'm afraid I can't in all honesty do that.
I don't hate the authors - I hate the system.
of course, I won't be buying the books.
Please e-mail at email@example.com