With the first batch of participating authors for Scot Lit Fest announced (how exciting!), we wanted to look to the world of Doctor Who, based on one of our events. So, here’s five contributors and creators who have crafted The Doctor in some form, whether it’s screenwriting, books or comics to get us started, who are from Scotland or published here.
Where better to start than with the event we’ll be hosting? A.L. Kennedy will be joining us for an hour online to chat about her new book, and her work Doctor Who, including 2015’s novel The Drosten’s Curse, an experience that she said “reminded [her] how precious storytelling is.”For more information on the Scot Lit Fest programme so far, check out this post. We can’t wait to hear from her.
Colin Bell & Neil Slorance
On top of working on their own comics, including award-winning Dungeon Fun, Colin and Neil work on back-ups for Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor, by Titan Comics. Colin said: “To be the men who put the words in the mouth of The Man Who Stops The Monsters is an incredible honor for us both!”
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Frank Cottrell Boyce is a children’s writer, published by Barrington Stoke, and screenwriter who has worked on so many projects you’d be hard-pressed to mention them all. Between winning the Carnegie Medal for Millions and helping devise the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony in London, he managed to squeeze in writing an episode of Doctor Who back in 2014, noting that nothing “compares to the buzz” of writing the words “Interior…TARDIS!”
The writer of books like Little Beach Street Bakery has also contributed Doctor Who storylines with the book Dark Horizons. On the project, released in 2012, she said, “Writing Dark Horizons has been, as my friends and family already know, a dream come true for me. I grew up on Terrance Dicks and I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the ranks of Doctor Who novelists.” She’s also returning to the Doctor, with the release of In The Blood next month, featuring David Tennant’s Doctor, and more to follow.