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11/05/2013 05:02:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Nothing O'Clock, by Neil Gaiman (Credit: Puffin Books)Puffin Books have announced the author of the final of their e-books celebrating fifty years of Doctor Who as the author Neil Gaiman.

Nothing O'Clock
Written by Neil Gaiman
Published 21st November 2013

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!

A long-term fan, Gaiman is of course best known in Doctor Who circles for his two scripts broadcast on television, the award-winning The Doctor's Wife and Nightmare in Silver. However, his extensive writing career has encompassed novels for adults and children including Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline and The Graveyard Book, and the highly successful Sandman series of graphic novels. Literary honours include the Locus and Hugo Awards and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals.

On his latest contribution to Doctor Who, Gaiman said:
Nothing O’Clock stars the Eleventh Doctor, the Matt Smith Doctor, with Amy Pond as his companion. I set it somewhere during the first season of Matt Smith, mostly on Earth, in our time now and in 1984, but also somewhere else, a very, very long time ago. I had never created an original monster for Doctor Who and really enjoyed getting to create a creepy Doctor Who monster of the kind that we haven’t quite seen before... I hope that the Kin will get out there and occasionally give people nightmares. And that you will be worried if a man in a rabbit mask comes to your door and tries to buy your house.

The e-book is due to be released on 21st November 2013, with BBC Worldwide to upload a brief interview with the writer the the Doctor Who YouTube channel later this month.

Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories - 50th Anniversary Collection

Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories (Credit: Puffin Books)All eleven stories in this series will also be released together as am anthology as both a paperback and as an audiobook for download, with the latter to feature the following readers:
  1. A Big Hand for the Doctor by Eoin Colfer – read by Nicholas Briggs
  2. The Nameless City by Michael Scott – read by Frazer Hines
  3. The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick – read by Marcus Sedgwick
  4. The Roots of Evil by Philip Reeve – read by Sophie Aldred
  5. Tip of the Tongue by Patrick Ness – read by Nicholas Pegg
  6. Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead – read by Sophie Aldred
  7. The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman – read by Malorie Blackman
  8. Spore by Alex Scarrow – read by Nicholas Pegg
  9. The Beast of Babylon by Charlie Higson – read by Charlie Higson
  10. The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy – read by Ian Hanmore
  11. Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman – read by Peter Kenny
Both are to be released on 21st November.


The Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who (Credit: Puffin)We have a copy of both the above anthology and The Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who available as a prize for readers to win, courtesy of Puffin Books. To be in with a chance to win please answer the following question:
Name a televised story of Doctor Who that was (definitively) set in 1984.
Send your answer to with the subject line "That Essential Moment", including your name, address, and where you read about the competition.

This competition is only open to UK residents, and the closing date is Sunday 24th November 2013.

The Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who
Written by Justin Richards

This essential guide to fifty years of Doctor Who includes all eleven incarnations of the Doctor and fascinating facts on his adventures in space and time, as well as his helpful companions and fearsome foes. Find out all about the Doctor's TARDIS, his regenerations, and much, much more!