Whose Doctor Who?

The writers of the Doctor Who anniversary series tell us how their Doctors introduced themselves . . .

Doctor Eoin

Eoin colfer cover“As a boy I had been reading the Doctor Who books for years before I
ever saw a single episode and I found that the on-screen version of the First
Doctor was almost identical to the version in my imagination.” Eoin Colfer





Michael Scott cover2
Doctor MSCott‘Everyone has their ‘own’ Doctor – usually the one they first started
watching. Patrick Troughton, the Second Doctor, was mine and so writing this
story was an opportunity to revisit a really important part of my childhood.
There are elements of Patrick Troughton in every Doctor who followed – that's
how influential and important he is.” Michael Scott 




Doctor Marcus Sedgwick

Spear of destiny “To me, Jon Pertwee is the quintessential Doctor – a hero of both
thought and action. When I was young he seemed like a schoolmaster you were a
bit afraid of, and yet really liked at the same time. Bringing him back to life
and pitting him against his old nemesis, The Master, was a huge thrill for me
and I hope fans will recognise Jon in the pages of my story.’Marcus Sedgwick




Doctor Reeve
Philip reeve cover‘I started watching Doctor Who during the Tom Baker era and so to me he
is the ‘real’ Doctor, and it was a huge honour to be asked to write about him.
I tried to imagine myself at saturday teatime, circa 1979: a new Doctor Who
story was about to begin – where would the TARDIS materialise and what would be
waiting for it?’ Philip Reeve 




Doctor Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness cover‘The Fifth Doctor is always the Doctor I thought most likely to be a
novelist. People sometimes call him slightly passive, but I think it's more
that he's observing, watching, waiting on the fringe to make his move. Just like
any good writer. Which is why I've made this story one of those – which I've
always liked – where the Doctor stays a bit out of the action and we see what
happens through a non-canon character and get a whole different point of view
of all the strange things happening. It's a bit like how it feels when you watch the
show as a young viewer.’ Patrick Ness


Doctor Richelle Mead
Richelle cover‘I’ve always loved watching Colin Baker as The Doctor.  When he’s on
the screen, you can’t take your off eyes off of him—and no, I’m not just
talking about his infamous wardrobe! Everything about him is larger than life:
his personality, his ingenuity, his biting humour.  He’s one of the darker
of the Doctors,
and yet through it all, that heroism and need to do what’s
right never fails.  That’s what makes him so fascinating to me.  It’s
an author’s dream to be able to write with a character like that.’ Richelle Mead



Doctor Malorie Blackman

‘I have always loved Doctor Who – from the time I was a child and the
Daleks used to make me run and hide behind the sofa, to Saturday morning
pictures when I first saw the Doctor Who films featuring Peter Cushing, right
up to the current Doctor with Matt Smith. So when I was asked to write a Doctor
Who story featuring the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, I didn't even need to
pause to think about it. My answer was an immediate yes. I've always found
Sylvester McCoy's Doctor fascinating because of the way his character developed
from a bit of a clown to a Doctor with a more Machiavellian strea
k. In my
story, the Doctor's actions are responsible for a universal catastrophe which
forces him to face up to his own fears and prejudices.’Malorie Blackman

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