Reynolds to write new Doctor Who novel

British Science Fiction award-winner Alastair Reynolds is the latest author to try his hand writing a Doctor Who novel, after signing a deal with BBC Books.

Editorial director Albert DePetrillo bought world rights from Robert Kirby at United Agents for an undisclosed sum. Harvest of Time will be published as a £16.99 hardback in 2013. It features the third Doctor, who was played by Jon Pertwee in the BBC series.

The book is about the Doctor battling his arch-nemesis The Master on 20th-century earth and far into the future.

DePetrillo said: "We've been carefully planning our venture into Doctor Who's past for a while now, first with our reissues of six of the Target novelisations, then our novelisation of Shada in 2012.

"The next step is all-original adventures with past Doctors, and we knew we needed to publish those in a special way. I'm absolutely delighted that Alastair can be part of that plan. He is simply one of the best science fiction writers around, and we're thrilled to have him contributing to the Doctor Who list."

Reynolds added: "Doctor Who has been a big part of my life for 40 years . . . I am delighted and honoured to have the chance to write a novel featuring not only one of my favorite Doctors, but the single greatest villain ever imagined: The Master."

Reynolds' novels include Revelation Space, shortlisted for the British Science Fiction and Arthur C Clarke awards and Chasm City, which won the British Science Fiction Award for best novel. He worked as a scientist for the European Space Agency for 12 years.