Nothing O’Clock – Neil Gaiman To Write Doctor Who Short Story


It’s been revealed that Neil Gaiman is to pen the last in a series of Doctor Who short stories commissioned as part of this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The series is made up of eleven different stories, one featuring each incarnation of the Doctor so far. Previous stories in the set have been written by a range of popular children’s authors including Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Eoin Colfer, Derek Landy and Charlie Higson. Gaiman’s story, Nothing O’Clock, will focus on Matt Smith‘s Doctor at an early stage in his adventures with companion Amy Pond, before her marriage to Rory Williams.

Neil-Gaiman-nothing-o-clock-300Unsurprisingly for fans of Gaiman’s work, it seems we can expect “an incredibly creepy Dr Who villain or possibly bunch of villains”, which he has called “The Kin”. Said Gaiman:

There was definitely part of me who went ‘You know, wouldn’t it be fun to put this on screen? Wouldn’t this be fun to see if I can actually make people wee themselves with terror in real life?’”

Below is the synopsis of Nothing O’Clock, given on the Doctor Who TV website. You can also read a longer extract here.

“Thousands of years ago, Time Lords built a Prison for the Kin. They made it utterly impregnable and unreachable. As long as Time Lords existed, the Kin would be trapped forever and the universe would be safe. They had planned for everything… everything, that is, other than the Time War and the fall of Gallifrey. Now the Kin are free again and there’s only one Time Lord left in the universe who can stop them!”

Speaking more generally about his work for Doctor Who, Gaiman also said that he wishes he could write an episode for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi:

Even though I managed to find time where there was no time at all to write this story, I haven’t been able to find time to write an actual Doctor Who episode, so I think that may have to wait a series or two.”

Nothing O’Clock will be available to download as an ebook from Amazon and iBookstore from Thursday 21st November. A paperback anthology of all eleven stories will then be released on Saturday 23rd November, to coincide with the broadcast of the anniversary special.

Click here to see a video of Gaiman talking about his story.

Sources: Doctor Who TV | BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat

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