Former showrunner Russell T Davies returns to Doctor Who for poetry book

By Cameron K McEwan

In time for this year’s National Poetry Day, BBC Books have announced the release of the very first collection of Time Lord verse, Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred.

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Written by author James Goss, the book features illustrations by former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies – his first role as an illustrator, using the comic artist skills he developed in his youth.

Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred will be published on September 14, 2017, just two weeks before this year’s National Poetry Day on September 28.

A gentle and humorous riff on the classic Now We Are Six, this is a collection of charming, funny and whimsical poems that celebrate the joys, sorrows and wonders of Time Lord life. Russell T Davies says:

“I’ve been drawing for Doctor Who long before I was writing it, so it was like time-travel for me, voyaging back to that young scribbler who used to cover his school desk with Daleks!”

Check out the wonderful cover art from Russell T Davies below.

Cover of poetry book

James Goss, who has also novelised the classic stories City of Death and The Pirate Planet, amongst many Doctor Who projects, including the forthcoming The Krikkitmen, adds:

“The poems have been a delight to work on. Who could resist retelling the fiendish Daleks’ Masterplan in verse, or finding bizarre and ludicrous rhymes for monster names?”

Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred will publish in hardback on September 14, 2017 – pre-order here

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