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Phillip Pullman – writer of such modern classics as His Dark Materials, The Ruby in the Smoke and The Golden Compass – has spoken of his ambition to write for Doctor Who

Pullman was speaking to CBBC Newsround about the adaptation of The Golden Compass which is in cinemas now.

“This recent Doctor Who, since Russell T Davies came back and started having a hand in it, has been wonderful.

“I’ve really enjoyed it. David Tennant is terrific. Billie Piper was wonderful as Rose,” he added.

Pullman also talked about the end of series two of Doctor Who – when Billie was left in a parallel world – and how similar some people say it is to his own Dark Materials series.

“I was flattered by it,” Pullman said.

“That’s how stories work. Stories are made out of other stories. I borrowed things for His Dark Materials. He [Russell T Davies] took my ending and twisted it to fit his story. That’s fine.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Horowitz – creator of teen spy Alex Ryder – has recently approached the BBC with the aim of writing an episode of Doctor Who. Horowitz has a long TV pedigree.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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