Published on October 13th, 2013 | by James Lomond

Derek Landy Writes The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage

Cripes! The latest eBook installment from Puffin’s 50th Anniversary collaboration with BBC worldwide will be online on the 23rd of this month.  This time, award-winning author Derek Landy brings us the 10th eBook with Tennant’s corresponding Tenth Doctor accompanied by Martha Jones on an adventure apparently inside a book – it all sounds cunningly self-referential!

Landy is the author of the Skulduggery Pleasant franchise of children’s novels and clearly a fan of the horror and fantasy genres. Like the other authors in the monthly eBook series, he is a big name in children’s literature winning awards for both his novels and his 2003 screenplay, Dead Bodies. And, of course like all talented people, he’s a Who fan!

I can proudly say that I was one of those kids who hid behind the sofa while experiencing Doctor Who (one doesn’t ‘watch’ Doctor Who, one experiences it) and that crazy blend of science fiction and adventure and horror has made me the writer I am today.

Landy notes that the Tenth Doctor took a particular pleasure in language and wordiness (Allons y Alonso, Timey-wimey, wibbly wobbly, etc.) Have a butchers at an extract from The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage on the Guardian site…

Doctor Who: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy

Landy has nailed the tone of Tennant’s chatty-witty-wordy Doctor and unsurprisingly wanted to write for this incarnation in particular. The premise seems oddly familiar from other areas of Doctor Who’s long narrative history and promises lots of sinister RP and lashings and lashings of intrigue. Could there be an old foe returning to put 10 through his fictional paces or is something else afoot?

Wild speculation of course – I haven’t had the privilege of a sneak-preview, promise! You can read The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage, the penultimate eBook in the series, on 23rd October for £1.99 for Kindle readers/apps or purchase it in physical form in a compilation of all eleven stories after the series has completed in November.

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