In case you haven’t heard, 2013 is Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary. A great many gifts will be given to fans for the occasion, I’m sure, but perhaps one the greatest is currently in the works.
The BBC has already announced that it’s developing a book of 11 short stories, one for every Doctor (so far), and they’re giving the keys to the Whoniverse to 11 popular British children’s book writers. Obviously, this proviso raises one interesting possibility: J.K. Rowling, the creator and author of the wizarding series Harry Potter.
According to Hypable, Rowling is at the top of a list of candidates that includes Michelle Paver, Susan Price, Kate Thompson, Anthony Horowitz, Geraldine McCaughrean, Philip Pullman and Alan Garner. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but securing Rowling would be a pretty big “get,” as they say in the business, and assure that the volume would be an immediate best seller.
The only question is now, which Doctor would Rowling write for? i09 seems to be of the impression that Rowling would be assigned a more modern Doctor like Ten or Eleven in order to capitalize on the merchandising opportunity, but they also digress that given her penchant for big scarves that the Seventh Doctor might a possibility. Of course, I don’t see why she couldn’t help kick-off the collection with a story about the First or Second Doctor, both of whom had very Dumbledore qualities. I guess the possibilities are endless…
Of course, as we said, there’s not confirmation that Rowling is even involved yet.
More news as it develops.