BBC Books has signed short stories from Jake Arnott, Cecelia Ahern and Joanne Harris to its new Doctor Who digital shorts series Time Trips.
Time Trips will launch in December to celebrate "Doctor Who"’s 50th anniversary. It will pair some of the biggest UK authors with the Doctor Who brand through the digital short stories.
Senior editorial director Albert DePetrillo acquired world rights to Arnott’s story from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown, Ahern’s story from Marianne Gunn O’Connor at Marianne Gunn O'Connor Literary Agency, and Harris’ story from Peter Robinson at Rogers Coleridge and White.
Jake Arnott’s story, featuring the Sixth Doctor as played by Colin Baker, will publish in the spring, with Ahern’s and Harris’ contributions coming later in the year.
BBC Books has also revealed the first six Time Trips titles with The Death Pit, a fourth doctor adventure by A L Kennedy published on 5th December, followed by Jenny Colgan’s 11th doctor adventure, Into the Nowhere; Nick Harkaway’s Keeping Up With the Joneses, based on the 10th doctor; and Trudi Canavan’s Salt of the Earth, based on the third doctor. Arnott’s story, A Handful of Stardust, will be released in April.
Arnott said: “Writing for the Time Trips series really was a trip—the chance to jump around in time, space and genre, to play around with a classic of popular culture and try to find a place in its vast universe—but most of all it was an opportunity to travel back all those light years ago when I was a kid, full of wonder, watching 'Doctor Who' for the first time.”