BBC Books has announced a new series of Doctor Who eBooks, known as Time Trips, the first of which will be released to coincide with the 50th anniversary.
The announcement comes following the success of of the three tie-in eBooks, published last Autumn and earlier this year (The Angel’s Kiss, Devil in the Smoke and Summer Falls) and popular Doctor Who novels (from authors such as Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds, and Jenny Colgan) over the past couple of years.
Planned as a long-term series of books, Time Trips is intended to feature an exciting and impressive mix of high-profile commercial and literary writers, echoing the recent trend for the print novel series. Each eBook will be a 10,000 word adventure and authors confirmed so far include Nick Harkaway, AL Kennedy, Jenny Colgan and Trudi Canavan,
Says BBC Books Senior Editorial Director Albert De-Petrillo:
‘Time Trips is a project I have long wanted to do. There’s a unique affection for Doctor Who amongst writers and readers across genres and I can’t believe our good luck to have Nick Harkaway, AL Kennedy, Jenny Colgan and Trudi Canavan on the launch list. It’s a truly formidable line-up, with more to come. This series really is taking Doctor Who fiction to a new level and I can’t wait for people to read these brilliant stories’
But what about the authors? AL Kennedy said
‘I was first introduced to Doctor Who when I was three or four and he has been a happy part of my life ever since. I am delighted to become in any way a part of his stories’
Jenny Colgan, also a lifelong Doctor Who fan (and author of 2012’s Dark Horizons):
‘It is such an honour to be part of the prestigous Time Trips line-up, with so many excitingly fresh perspectives on the Doctor’s life and adventures’ .
Nick Harkaway is a popular fantasy writer.
‘There is a list of calls you want and know you’ll never get. Joel Rubichon invites you to eat any time; Penelope Cruz needs a tango partner…and then someone calls and asks you if you want to write a story for a new BBC Books’ Doctor Who digital series. And that is the real thing and it feels every bit as fantastic as you would imagine. I’m sure the tango would be good too, mind you’
Following the release of the first book later in 2013 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, further stories will be published throughout 2014, priced at just £1.99, with a print collection is following in 2014.