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Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies to write new Doctor Who adaptations

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Nov 15, 2017

Steven Moffat may be leaving his gig as Doctor Who showrunner following this year’s upcoming Christmas special titled “Twice Upon a Time” to make way for Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch), but it looks like he isn't done with the Whoniverse-at-large just yet.

According to Radio Times, Moffat will team up with former showrunner Russell T Davies and novelist Jenny T. Colgan for a series of Doctor Who novels that will adapt several episodes from the Davies and Moffat eras of the BBC series.

Published by BBC Books and Penguin Randomhouse, the new “Target Collection” is based on the old Target novelizations that strived to adapt classic Doctor Who episodes from the 1970s to the 1990s, with the episodes’ original scriptwriters penning the adaptations whenever possible from the original scripts.

Davies will be adapting the first episode of the show’s revival, “Rose,” which introduced Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as his new companion, Rose Tyler, while Colgan is on writing duties for Davies’ wacky yuletide adventure “The Christmas Invasion.” The special saw David Tennant take over the role as the highly popular Tenth Doctor.

Moffat will adapt not one but two of his episodes: the 2013 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor” which had Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctor join forces with the previously-unheard-of War Doctor, played by John Hurt. The second will be “Twice Upon a Time,” which will see Peter Capaldi’s Doctor regenerate into Jodie Whittaker’s 13th incarnation, with David Bradley co-starring as the First Doctor.

Based on Penguin Books' Australian website (it's not yet on the U.S. site), all four novels will apparently materialize on April 2, 2018. No word on the books' North American release yet. Will you be adding them to your Doctor Who book collection?

(via Radio Times)