Take A Short Trip
It’s always a good day when contributor copies arrive, and these beauties are particularly satisfying. I mean, for heaven’s sake, that’s the TARDIS on the cover. The bloody TARDIS! It sits in a sea of lovely pink! This is a good thing. Boys like Doctor Who, and so will buy the book. Girls like pink, and so will buy the book. All is good.
It strikes me though, that many of you might be here because you enjoy my horror fiction, and might be struggling for a reason to splash out on a Doctor Who book in these tough financial times. Here are some suggestions.
- Hey, it’s still me writing, and even though the book’s content has to stay PG-friendly to match the TV show, I think ‘Lonely’ remains a creepy little story that can sit proudly alongside the rest of my fiction. Doctor Who is a show that embraces all sorts of genres, but for me it’s always worked best when there’s horror in the background. I’d even go as far as to say that watching the show as a kid was my introduction to fear in entertainment. ‘Lonely’, hopefully, reflects that aspect of the show.
- If you collect my writing, it’s worth noting that this is the first time my fiction has ever been seen in hardcover. In the coming year, I hope it will be joined by at least one more, but for now it’s my hardback debut.
- If, like me, you’re a long time viewer of the show, this book should be a no-brainer. New stories featuring the Doctors you grew up with? I mean, c’mon…
- If you only know the show’s current incarnation, and have only met the ninth and tenth regenerations of the Doctor, as played by Eccleston and Tennant, then a book like this is a one-stop introduction to what has gone before. It’s the ultimate sampler, seventeen snapshots of the men the Doctor has been. ‘Lonely’, for example, features the eighth Doctor, as played by Paul McGann, the incarnation who would one day regenerate into Christopher Eccleston, and it’s speculated that this incarnation fought in the Time War referenced in the series, losing his life in doing so. If you know the current show, and saw season three’s ‘Human Nature’, you’ve even seen a sketch of the character, as drawn by Dr John Smith in his A Journal of Impossible Things. You really should meet him in person.
- In it’s own right, this is a good book, featuring some great writers playing with some fantastic ideas. ‘Lonely’, as I’ve mentioned before, is a story that could only exist in written form. It’s absolutely impossible to film (erm, probably).
So what do you think? Want to give it a try?
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