Puffin Doctor Who 50th Anniversary “Eshorts” Books

January 4th, 2013

Puffin Doctor Who 50th Anniversary “Eshorts” Books

Puffin Doctor Who 50th Anniversary “Eshorts” Books

With thanks to Puffin Books


Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi TV show in the world and celebrates its 50th anniversary on 23rd November 2013. To celebrate, Puffin – in partnership with BBC Worldwide – is publishing an exclusive series of eleven ebook short stories each based on one of the Eleven Doctors, priced at £1.99 and to be released on the 23rd of each month starting in January 2013.

Each story is written by a different author, bringing together some of the most exciting names in children’s fiction. These authors will each bring their own interpretation and reimagining of their chosen Doctor to create a unique Doctor Who adventure in their own inimitable style.

The author of the first story, featuring the First Doctor played by William Hartnell (1963–1966), will be revealed on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page on Monday 7th January 2013 ahead of publication on 23rd January 2013. The authors of the subsequent eshorts will be unveiled on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page on the first Monday of every month throughout the year. A promotional video featuring the author will be released on the 11th of each month on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who YouTube channel.

A paperback anthology of the eleven ebook short stories, the Doctor Who Anniversary Anthology priced at £7.99 will publish, alongside the final eshort featuring the Eleventh Doctor, on 23rd November 2013.

Juliet Matthews, Publisher, Penguin Children’s says: ‘Penguin Children’s has been the proud home of children’s Doctor Who publishing for eight years and to be part of the 50th anniversary is incredibly exciting. We are delighted to have eleven sensational children’s authors involved in the series, all bringing an individual style, imagination and interpretation to their eshort tribute to The Doctor. This is a who’s who of children’s fiction coming together to celebrate the much-loved Doctor Who.

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17 Responses to Puffin Doctor Who 50th Anniversary “Eshorts” Books

  1. Posted by: McGann is The Doctor Reply

    January 5th, 2013 - 3:19pm

    Hope the covers are good !

    Hope the Sixth Doctor gets a good one that doesn’t have this photo http://www.scifinow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Doctor-Who-Vengeance-On-Varos.jpg

    Seriously, that picture has been used THREE times this year :!:

    • Posted by: John Smith

      January 6th, 2013 - 12:27am

      I don’t mind that picture. Makes him look more serious… And a little evil too. :O

  2. Posted by: Ben Roberts Reply

    January 5th, 2013 - 1:41pm

    I shall be getting this, without a doubt. I hope JK Rowling is writing one – do you think they will ask Neil Gaiman?

    • Posted by: John Smith

      January 6th, 2013 - 12:30am

      Good god! If J.K Rowling wrote one I know a friend of mine who would go berserk! It’d be interesting to see what her take would be o it though. She seems like the type of person who would like to write for the 8th Doctor. I hope Gaiman writes one.

  3. Posted by: John Smith Reply

    January 5th, 2013 - 3:23am

    Sounds exciting. I wouldn’t mind buying some paper backs of these. I wonder who the first writer will be???

  4. Posted by: Anonymous Reply

    January 4th, 2013 - 4:38pm

    I hope there is a dalek story

  5. Posted by: Anonymous Reply

    January 4th, 2013 - 4:23pm


  6. Posted by: drjakeyoung Reply

    January 4th, 2013 - 4:06pm

    cant wait! i hope one of the authors is J.K Rowling. i don’t know why but it would be awesome to see here wright a doctor who story

    • Posted by: Anonymous

      January 4th, 2013 - 10:39pm

      I hope not

    • Posted by: videogamemad00

      January 5th, 2013 - 1:54am

    • Posted by: drjakeyoung

      January 5th, 2013 - 4:10pm

      thanks, also anonymous how come you hope she is not writing one of the story’s?

    • Posted by: John Smith

      January 6th, 2013 - 12:34am

      Why not Rowling? I think her take on Doctor Who would be very interesting indeed! If she does write one of the books, I reckon that her story will be one of the best.

  7. Posted by: Connor Reply

    January 4th, 2013 - 3:29pm

    Can’t wait!wonder if they will have the eleven best classic doctor who monsters once a month with each issue! Hopefully in the order as:William hartnell story has the daleks, patrick troughton with the cyberman, jon pertwee with the master, Tom baker with the zygons, Peter Davison with the silurians/sea devils, Colin baker with the ice warriors,Sylvester macoy with the rani and tetraps, Paul maguawen with the sontarans, christapher ecelston with the autons, David tennent with the weeping angels, matt smith with the silence!What’s your thoughts?

    • Posted by: The TARDIS

      January 4th, 2013 - 7:02pm

      I’d probably place Peter Davison against the Mara, Colin Baker against the Rani and Sylvester McCoy against Fenric and the Haemovores. There isn’t much choice for Paul McGann having only had one story, but the Sontarans would be a good choice, given their status. With everything else though, I agree.

  8. Posted by: Tardis’nt Reply

    January 4th, 2013 - 2:06pm

    Looks Great :D

  9. Posted by: Mr Zarbi Reply

    January 4th, 2013 - 1:49pm


  10. Posted by: Mr Evil Fez Reply

    January 4th, 2013 - 1:23pm

    I hope J.K Rowling is doing the 4th Doctor!

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