A press release from Hannah McMillan of 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 2103.
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.”
January – First Doctor, William Hartnell (1963-1966)
February – Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)
March – Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)
April – Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker (1974-1981)
May – Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison (1981-1984)
June – Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker (1984-1986)
July – Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)
August – Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann (1996)
September – Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston (2005)
October – Tenth Doctor, David Tennant (2005-2010)
November – Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith (2010-present)
Penguin Children’s Doctor Who 2013 Publishing:
Doctor Who: Puffin Eshorts (January – November, £1.99)
Doctor Who: Anniversary Sticker Book (4th April, £7.99, Paperback, 9781405909150)
Doctor Who: Where’s the Doctor? (4th April, £5.99, Paperback Reissue, 9781405909044)
Doctor Who: Official Annual 2014 (1st August, £7.99, Hardback, 9781405911795)
Doctor Who: Lost in Space (5th September, £8.99, Hardback, 9781405911801)
Doctor Who: The Essential Guide to Fifty Years of Doctor Who (October, Hardback, £12.99)
Doctor Who: Anniversary Anthology (November, Paperback, £7.99)