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Published on April 23rd, 2011 | by Patrick Riley

DWRS Meets Kate Orman

The Doctor Who Reprint Society managed to catch a rather fun interview with Doctor Who novelist Kate Orman earlier this month.

If you’ve never read a Doctor Who book in your life or you’ve just forgotten your Whovian authors, Kate Orman’s Whoniverse resume includes The Left-Handed Hummingbird, Set Piece, Sleepy, Return of the Living Dad, So Vile a Sin, and The Room With No Doors for the Virgin New Adventures range, and The Year of Intelligent Tigers as well as three books co-written with Jonathan Blum entitled Vampire Science, Seeing I, and Unnatural History, all four of which played a part in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures.  She’s also the first Australian and only female ever to have written for the New Adventures series.

The DWRS interview finds Orman giving her take on the comparisons that have been made between her Return of the Living Dad and the Ninth Doctor TV story Father’s Day, recommending classic Who novels for new fans and reprints, and teasing an idea she has for a new original science fiction novel she’s thinking of writing.  Here’s a couple of shorter sections from the interview, starting with Orman’s opinion on the Doctor’s age:

DWRS: The Doctor turned 1,000 during the course of your books, which is in keeping with a majority of fan opinion.  How do you feel about the de-aging of the Doctor to 900ish in the New Series?
Orman: It makes a lot of sense to me – “nine hundred years old” sounds like it could be someone’s real age, where “a thousand years old” sounds like a metaphor, or an unimaginably long time, or just incredibly old.

Also, it seems Orman shares Lance Parkin’s views when it comes to the definition of Doctor Who canon…

“…no such thing.  Seriously, I don’t carry a definitive version of the Doctor’s life around in my head – I’m happy to use whatever material is available and seems interesting.  Recently I’ve been poking around in Greek myth, and you don’t have to dig very deep to find wildly contradictory versions of the family trees etc of the various gods and monsters, because there were lots and lots of versions of the stories around, some of which got written down at different times by different authors.  These aren’t real events, like history or science – they’re true in other ways.”

Orman has an excellent sense of humour, which makes the interview a delightful read!  Check it out at the DWRS website! If you’re interested in reading some of Orman’s Doctor Who stories, you’re in luck – five of her novels are currently slated for rerelease later this year!

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