We’ve had Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick and Philip Reeve and now, the fifth author to tackle a short Doctor Who story will be… Patrick Ness.
The multi award winning author is the writer of the Chaos Walking trilogy and the Carnegie winning A Monster Calls; it will now be his turn to offer his interpretation of the Fifth Doctor in the Puffin eShort range that is being released monthly to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.
Tip of the Tongue is an adventure for the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa and finds the pair landing stateside:
In 1945, a strange new craze for Truth Tellers is sweeping the kids of small-town America. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa soon arrive to investigate the phenomenon, only to discover that the actual truth behind the Truth Tellers is far more sinister than anyone could have imagined…
Ness also elaborated on the idea behind his story:
The Fifth Doctor is always the Doctor I thought most likely to be a novelist. People sometimes call him slightly passive, but I think it’s more that he’s observing, watching, waiting on the fringe to make his move. Just like any good writer. Which is why I’ve made this story one of those – which I’ve always liked – where the Doctor stays a bit out of the action and we see what happens through a non-canon character and get a whole different point of view of all the strange things happening. It’s a bit how it feels when you watch the show as a young viewer.
Doctor Who: Tip of the Tongue will be released for Kindle on 23rd May 2013 for the splendid price of £1.99