Doctor Who News Is JK Rowling Writing a Doctor Who eShort?

Published on August 22nd, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Is J.K. Rowling Writing a Doctor Who eBook?

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary short story collection – where famous children’s authors were invited to pen eleven short eBooks for each Doctor – has had its fair share of talented, wonderful storytellers adding their considerable talents to the canon.

Is JK Rowling Writing a Doctor Who eShort?

However one name, perhaps the most famous author working today, has been noticeable by her absence from the monthly collection.

Or has she?

You see, Steven Moffat, a man not afraid to shoot down a suggestion or too (and then jump up and down on said suggestion until it breathes no more) didn’t dismiss the idea – in fact, he made an interesting comment on Wednesday when a member of the audience asked if Harry Potter and pseudonymous crime author J.K Rowling will pen one of the planned short stories:

I can’t confirm that… right now.

The insinuation is clear – J.K Rowling could be confirmed as one of those eleven authors! Start getting excited!

This isn’t the first time the author has been linked with the world of Who.

Back in 2008, former show runner Russell T. Davies confirmed that he had asked Rowling to write an episode of Doctor Who.

In emails published in The Writers Tale and widely publicised at the time Davies commented:

Back in 2004, I asked J.K. Rowling to write an episode of Doctor Who, though she politely declined, and reflecting that we can’t possibly get someone to star in next year’s Christmas Special who’s as famous as Kylie…when all those things coalesced. BAM! I thought, don’t ask J.K. to write a Doctor Who, ask her to be in a Doctor Who! We’ve done Dickens, Shakespeare, Agatha Christie…why should kids think that all great authors are dead?

He went on to explain the decision to not include her in the 2008 Christmas special.

David [Tennant] doesn’t like the J.K. idea, he thinks it sounds like a spoof, so we’ve paused slightly, wondering whether to win him round or just abandon something that he’s not going to be happy with. We’ve got to keep him happy. He keeps us happy. Plus, he might be right. So that idea has parked itself, and I doubt we’d ever get J.K. – she doesn’t need to do it.

Further to this, rumours abounded earlier this year that the world-famous writer would be penning one of these e-shorts, to be compiled in a print book later in the year.

So is this the perfect way to tempt J.K Rowling to contribute to the Doctor Who universe? Which Doctor should she write for? Who wouldn’t want to see her pen an episode of the show itself?

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

6 Responses to Is J.K. Rowling Writing a Doctor Who eBook?

  1. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    I’m personally indifferent. No fan of her or her books/films.

    • avatar vortexter says:

      I agree. In fact I’m sure RTD asked her to write for Ecclestones Doctor and she laughed!
      I’d rather Steven Baxter or Alastair Reynolds pen an episode. Or maybe J M Strazynski.

      • avatar David F says:

        I’m sure she didn’t laugh. I’m sure she was just busy, or felt she didn’t have the experience to pull off a TV script.

        However, RTD’s attempts to woo her into involvement manifested themselves in one of Tennant’s occasional moments of sacharine euphoria: The Shakespeare Code’s “Good old J.K.” line, which stands as one of the most cringeworthy moments Doctor Who has ever had.

        She’s not a great prose writer, but she’s a very good storyteller, and I’d be interested in reading a short story if she’d written one.

  2. avatar Al says:

    Could they afford her, is the question. That and, considering she’s presenting busy writing books under her name and a pseudonym, would contracts allow her? We’re more likely to see Philip Pullman do one.

  3. avatar Rebecca Crockett says:

    Since I came into Who after the e-shorts had already begun, when I found them, it was with the unconfirmed report that Neil Gaiman, Terry Prattchet, and JK were all going to be writting one of these e-shorts, and it being the 9th, 10th, and 11th Doctors respectively. I’ve seen this more than once so I thought it was one of those unconfirmed but actually true rumors

  4. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    This won’t happen. But I have heard someone called Robert Galbraith is writing one.

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