Here’s a small clue to what I’ve been up to lately…
Yoinks! BBC TV Centre is more dangerous than I remembered!
I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I’ve written the third in Puffin’s year long celebration of Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary. Each month from January to November each of the eleven Doctors is being brought to life once more by a different writer.
The news about each writer is being strictly embargoed which means that up until today, all anyone’s been able to see about my book is this:
Ooh, who can it be?
Eoin Colfer kicked off with the First Doctor back in January, and last month Michael Scott’s Patrick Troughton-inspired Time Lord lived again.
Now I’ve been given the chance to write a new story featuring my all-time favourite Doctor, Jon Pertwee. If you’re not too familiar with classic Doctor Who (well, it is quite a long time ago now), then you might want to nip over here to find out a bit more about the Third Doctor.
I’ve never had to work so hard to keep my mouth shut.
Now that I can finally talk about it, I can share a little my excitement at getting this chance. Doctor Who is iconic. There is no other word for it. It’s now been a part of British culture for 50 years. 50! That’s a lot. So I admit that when I finally sat down to write the opening words of my story, I had a sudden freeze. Hands poised over the keyboard, I thought “Holy -insert-your-own-expletive-here-, this is Doctor Who! Doctor Who!”
Then I gave myself a quick slap and got on with it, deciding to have as much fun as possible with the Third Doctor and Jo Grant in a jaunt into the Viking-age world. The picture above of me moments before annihilation by a Dalek is slightly misleading – for various reasons I decided to put the Doctor up against his old nemesis, the Master.
The story links together a few nice pieces of mythology and legend – the Spear of Destiny was the spear which pierced Christ’s side as he hung on the cross. Legend has it that the armies of whoever holds the spear would be invincible. It was of the various supernatural things that Hitler was obsessed with. But as it happens, someone else who hung on a piece of wood was Odin. He hung on the ‘world tree’ for nine days and nights, and was pierced by his own spear, a magical weapon called Gungnir. Here’s a picture of Odin in happier times, resting on his throne with his faithful ravens, Huginn and Muninn, alongside.
Odin with Gungnir
There are more of these nice serendipitous connections in the story, but I don’t want to give away too much more about the plot for now.
Instead, I’ll just say that I hope people like it. Doctor Who is, after all, one of those things that has a very large and very faithful fanbase, of whom I was very aware when writing. I tried my best to bring the wonderful Jon Pertwee back to life for a short time, and if a few of those fans agree, I’ll be more than happy.
For now the story is only available as an ebook, and you know what that means: go here to see it.