The random witterings of Jonathan Morris, writer.

Friday, 5 October 2018

To Cut A Long Story Short

A brief news round-up.


Out now is a new Doctor Who Magazine bookazine, The Story of Doctor Who. It’s an introduction to the magical world of Doctor Who for the uninitiated, for any new fans that may burgeon over the next few weeks with the new series on television. I have two bits in the magazine. Firstly The Story So Far of the past fifty-five years of the television series, all in under 2000 words. As a guide, I went back and read how Terrance Dicks had summarized the first ten years of the series in the 1976 edition of The Making of Doctor Who, and aimed for a similar brevity and tone. That said, it was still one hell of a tricky task to squeeze all of Doctor Who into such a small space, and of course I had to leave so much out – I couldn’t mention all the companions, or all the monsters, and I had to focus on the stories which were significant within the progression of the series and skip over the rest. However, fortunately all that other stuff is covered elsewhere in the magazine.

My other bit in the magazine is Pages of History, a history of Doctor Who in the world of books in under 1500 words. Again, a big subject to squeeze into such a small space, and so I kind of focussed on four areas; the novelisations, the annuals, the original novels and non-fiction, plus a box-out on biographies (unfortunately Christopher Eccleston’s autobiography was announced just too late). Anyway, I tried not to leave out anything significant but there’s only so much you can fit into four pages.


In other news, a blurb has been released for my forthcoming The Diary of River Song adventure The Bekdel Test. It’s due out in January and can be pre-ordered here. You can also hear the trailer here.

Back at the start of her imprisonment, Dr Song becomes a guinea pig for an innovative new security system.
But it’s her fellow prisoners she needs to be most wary of.
Because it’s early days for Missy, too. The Doctor is dead, and she is outraged that somebody else killed him first...


There’s also a blurb for my forthcoming Missy adventure, The Belly of the Beast. It’s due out in February and can be pre-ordered here. There’s a trailer available too but it doesn’t contain any bits from my story.

Missy’s scheme nears completion. All she must do is subjugate one little planet and bend the inhabitants to her will. Not too much to ask, is it?
But slaves will keep rebelling. It’s almost as if they don’t want to unearth an ancientartefact to help her plans for universal domination.
She’ll have to do something about that.


Mostly excitingly, there’s also now a trailer available for my forthcoming story in the Doctor Who – The Early Adventures range, The Crash of the UK-201. You can listen to it here, and pre-order the story here. It’s due out in December, not long to wait.

And finally, a reading of my Doctor Who story Lant Land is now available as part of Short Trips Rarities. It’s a fifth Doctor Who story, featuring his companions Tegan and Turlough, and is read by Duncan Wisbey of Dead Ringers and The Ladies’ Bras fame. The story was originally published as part of the Short Trips: Life Science anthology way back in 2004, while this reading was originally released as a bonus thing on the story Army of Death in 2011. Now, excitingly, it has its own cover, which can be viewed below:


As it was written quite quickly, a very long time ago, I can remember virtually nothing about it. Checking through my old emails I have found an email from John Binns asking where the story is, and an email from me sending him the finished story eight days later, so that’s probably how long it took. Anyway, it can be ordered here - it's only £2.25.

Anyway, that is October’s news, so far.

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