Patrick Ness named as Fifth Doctor eBook author

Author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy, Patrick Ness, has been announced as the author of the fifth Doctor Who 50th anniversary short ebook.

Following on from short stories by Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick and Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness has written Tip of the Tongue for the Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, and his companion Nyssa:

"In 1945, a strange new craze for Truth Tellers is sweeping the kids of small-town America. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa soon arrive to investigate the phenomenon, only to discover that the actual truth behind the Truth Tellers is far more sinister than anyone could have imagined…"

The short ebook will be available from May 23. You can pre-order from the following retailers (these links take you to sites outside of our control):

Patrick Ness commented: ‘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 how it feels when you watch the show as a young viewer.’

A paperback anthology of the eleven eshorts, The Doctor Who Collection: 50th Anniversary will publish, alongside the final eshort featuring the Eleventh Doctor, on 23rd November 2013.

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