Literary Cred

Doctor Who novels have been with us almost as long as the series, and whether adaptations or original works they’ve helped colour the unfolding text.

So it is refreshing to see The Times take the subject so seriously, although it’s taken the Oxford Literary Festival 2008 to push them in the right direction.

BBC Books commissioning editor and author Justin Richards is set to appear alongside authors Mike Tucker, Colin Brake and Steve Cole at the festival on April 5th – with a list of secrets to be revealed about writing Doctor Who and young adult fiction…

There are other details set to be revealed:

There is a team of 10 writers, but not all of them write full-time. They are paid a flat fee of £5,000 per book, with a bonus if a title sells more than 50,000.

Authors have four months to turn out a story.

Producers of the television series in Cardiff have a veto over the books

Sounds like a very interesting part of a superb looking festival – visit The Times to find out more.

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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