As fans eagerly await the premiere of series 11 and the brand new thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, the BBC has been signing book deals to bring the newest incarnation of the Doctor to your local book shop.
Shortly after the premiere of series 11 in October, a book featuring the thirteenth Doctor and her companions is set to release on the 1st of November. The book, written by award winning author David Solomons, will be the first of two that he has been contracted to write for BBC Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s UK.
“We have watched the wonderful David Solomons take the middle-grade world by storm with his novels. They’re full of incredible characters, excitement and humour. These are also the things that make Doctor Who so very special and so we are delighted to have David bring the Thirteenth Doctor to the page for young people in 2018.” – Ruth Knowles, publisher at PRH Children’s
Solomons is a British/American accounting scholar who has written multiple books on the subject of accounting. However, he has also worked in the children’s fiction genre, writing books such as My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord and My Evil Twin is a Supervillain. He has won several awards for his writing in this genre, including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the British Book Industry Awards Children’s Book of the Year in 2016. In 2018 he was awarded the Laugh Out Loud Award.
His first book in the Doctor Who series will be The Secret in Vault 13: A Doctor Who Story and follows the Doctor and her companions as they infiltrate a Galactic Seed Vault. The team will face an old enemy as they unveil a collection of plant specimens from all over the galaxy.
“The Doctor has never faced a challenge quite like this . . .
In the coldest spot in the universe is the Galactic Seed Vault. For generations it has existed to store and preserve examples of plant seeds from across the galaxy, ensuring that in the event of planetary catastrophe, the seeds will survive.
And at its heart lies a secret. Vault 13.
Unopened for millions of years, no one is sure what it contains. There are rumours of a great treasure, and a terrible weapon.
Now the Doctor and her companions are in a race with an ancient order known as the Gardeners of Tellus to unlock the vault. Whoever gains access first will discover the horrifying secret of the Genesis Seed.” – Amazon
This 250 page story is currently available for pre-order for £3.99 on Kindle, £6.99 in paperback format or £12.99 as an audio CD.
Lifetime ambition achieved! Still can’t believe I’m doing this, but the manuscript open on my Mac suggests it’s real. https://t.co/ouq31pG7Bj
— David Solomons (@DavidSolomons2) March 9, 2018
The second book by Solomons is scheduled to be released in Autumn of 2019, the title of which has yet to be announced.
International Women’s Day seems like a good day to show the cover of the new Doctor Who picture book I had the pleasure of illustrating for the BBC and Penguin books! 1 Doctor 2 Hearts is a numbers book for young Whovians. Published August ’18.#doctorwho #internationalwomensday pic.twitter.com/FTHkLmP03I
— Adam Howling (@AdamHowling) March 8, 2018
For those not willing to wait until after the series 11 premiere for a taste of Whittaker’s Doctor, a number counting book is scheduled to be released on the 2nd of August. Doctor Who: One Doctor, Two hearts is an adorable and colourful Doctor Who themed book to help children learn to count by author and illustrator Adam Howling. Fans may recall Howling’s handiwork in the popular T is for Tardis book released in Spring of 2017. If you are unfamiliar with T is for Tardis, check out our review.
Learn your 1, 2, 3 across the stars, with the help of the Doctor and friends!
One Doctor. Two Hearts. Three Knocks. Four Daleks . . . A Doctor Who counting book with a timey-wimey twist on every page! Featuring Doctors, companions and monsters both past and present, kids of all ages will love this Doctor Who numbers book.
In the wonderful style of T is for Tardis, this includes stunning original illustrations, in a retro style, on every page. – Amazon
Doctor Who: One Doctor, Two Hearts is also currently available for pre-order in either hardcover format for £7.99 or Kindle Edition for £3.99.