EXCITING NEWS! BBC Books has announced the forthcoming publication of Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter by Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook. It will be published in paperback on 14 January 2010 (with a RRP £16.99). The cover is pictured above, and features David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Russell T Davies, and John Simm as the Master.
For this new and thoroughly updated edition of The Writer’s Tale, Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook expand their in-depth discussion of the creative life of Doctor Who to cover Russell’s final year as Head Writer and Executive Producer of the show. Candid and witty insights abound throughout two years’ worth of correspondence, covering David Tennant’s last episodes as the Doctor and the legacy that Russell and David leave behind as a new era of Doctor Who begins. This edition will also include new, never-before-published photos from behind the scenes of David Tennant’s final adventures.
With over 300 pages of new material (that’s over 130,000 words, spread across 13 brand new chapters!), and taking in events from the entire five years since the show’s return in 2005, The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter will be the most comprehensive - and personal - account of Doctor Who ever published.
The original The Writer’s Tale was first published in September 2008, to critical acclaim. Boyd Hilton of Heat magazine described the book as “a funny, revealing insight into the workings of the genius who puts the show together”. Veronica Horwell of The Guardian said: “It’s the Doctor Who Annual for adults, and it’s not nearly enough, should have been 1,001 pages, because Davies doesn’t need to be writing fiction to be a storyteller. He’s the Scheherazade of Cardiff Bay.”
Albert DePetrillo, Editorial Director at BBC Books, commented: “Russell and Ben’s book is the ultimate behind-the-scenes account of Doctor Who, and a brilliant piece of writing, a book about drama that reads like great drama. I think fans will really respond to this new edition – the generous amount of new material brings the story bang up to date, and provides closure to the adventure Russell and Ben started two years ago.”