Allons-y! Expelliarmus! A rumor is circulating that the magical J.K. Rowling will pen a piece of short fiction featuring our favorite Time Lord from Gallifrey. As reported recently, a series of eleven Doctor Who stories is being comissioned as online “e-shorts” in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the show, to be followed by a paperback release of all the stories in November 2013. Interestingly, all the stories are said to be written by “well-known children’s authors.” And while names like Philip Pullman and Anthony Horowitz are being bandied about, the biggest rumor is that J.K. Rowling will write one of the stories too!
If this is a legitimate rumor, might this lead to Rowling writing an actual TV episode of Doctor Who? It wouldn’t be without precedent. Russell T. Davies famously wanted the author to participate in a meta-fictitional Harry Potter episode in 2007. (It was scrapped by David Tennant and Davies before it got to script stage, with “Voyage of the Damned” resulting in its place.) And many who have written Doctor Who prose (Paul Cornell, Mark Gatiss) have gone on to write actual episodes.
In any case, on January 11th, the BBC will release a series of promotional videos featuring each author, at which point we’ll know exactly who is writing what, if Rowling is in, and who got stuck with what Doctor.
One wonders which Doctor would Rowling be best at portraying. We could see her portraying the imperiously goofy Tom Baker, with Sarah Jane Smith as the Hermione companion. What about you?
Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com. Stubby has been chosen to write about the 6.5th Doctor i.e. the wig Sylvester McCoy had to wear when regenerating into Seven.