Two huge fanbases are about to collide. Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling is rumored to be writing a short story about none-other than cult-favorite Brit character Doctor Who.
First, here’s why there are Doctor Who stories on the horizon: BBC reports that in honor of the Doctor’s 50th anniversary this year, a collection of 11 “estories” has been commissioned to be written by “well-known children’s authors.”
“A new series of Doctor Who stories is set to be published monthly to celebrate the 50th anniversary year of the hit television program. The 11 tales, known as ‘eshorts,’ will each be written by a well-known children’s author.
“Each story will feature one of the various regenerations of the Doctor, starting with William Hartnell, who played the character from 1963-1966.”
Now, why J.K. Rowling might be involved: Honestly we’ve already answered this question. The press release says that each Doctor Who story will be written by a “well-known children’s author.” Quick, name a children’s author.
… No? Us neither. At least, we can’t come up with more than a couple before we get to Rowling.
The site Hypable first started the speculation ball rolling, but technically we still have to report with a “we don’t know for sure” editorial.
You’ll just have to stay tuned to the BBC‘s Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page on January 7, when they announce the first author. The first story to go online on the 23rd of that month.
What do you think of the prospect of J.K. Rowling writing Doctor Who? Could she pull it off?
[Let the fan-fiction begin]