Neil Gaiman writing final story in Doctor Who ebook series

News Louisa Mellor 5 Nov 2013 - 06:48
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman will be providing the Eleventh Doctor story in Puffin's monthly Doctor Who ebook series...

Here's a fitting ending to Puffin's terrific run of Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary short stories: Neil Gaiman has been announced as writing the final in the series. 

Puffin has published one Doctor Who short story a month since January, one for each of the Eleven Doctors, with a different Young Adult talent each time. From Eoin Colfer, to Patrick Ness, Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Philip Reeve, Alex Scarrow and more, the list has included a crop of tremendous authors, and the trend continues with the announcement that Neil Gaiman is to complete the series.

Gaiman's short story will feature the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, and be titled Nothing O'Clock. Here's what he had to say about the story:

"Nothing O’Clock stars the Eleventh Doctor, the Matt Smith Doctor, with Amy Pond as his companion. I set it somewhere during the first season of Matt Smith, mostly on Earth, in our time now and in 1984, but also somewhere else, a very, very long time ago. I had never created an original monster for Doctor Who and really enjoyed getting to create a creepy Doctor Who monster of the kind that we haven’t quite seen before… I hope that the Kin will get out there and occasionally give people nightmares. And that you will be worried if a man in a rabbit mask comes to your door and tries to buy your house."

Always good advice, that.

The short story will be available as an ebook on the 21st of November for £1.99, and in an anthology of all eleven stories in audio download and paperback versions on the same date. As ever, we'll bring you our review on release day.

Read our review of Derek Landy's Puffin eshort, The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage, and previous stories in the series, here.

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