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Eoin Colfer Introduces His Doctor Who Short Story, A Big Hand For The Doctor

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There are sure to be lots of fun surprises this year as Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary, but the BBC has already announced one project worth following. Beginning this month and running through November, each month will bring us a new Doctor Who short story, one for each incarnation of the Doctor, penned by well-known authors. Up first is writer Eoin Colfer, with his First Doctor story, “A Big Hand for the Doctor.”

The story itself won’t be released until January 23rd (although you can read an excerpt here), but to further intrigue the Whovians amongst us, now we’ve got a video of Colfer introducing his story. Take it away, Eoin:

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Read An Excerpt From Eoin Colfer’s Doctor Who Short Story

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Yesterday the BBC announced a very cool Doctor Who event to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary this year: monthly short stories penned by well-known authors, each story focusing on a different incarnation of the Doctor. So far we don’t know who will be lending their talents to 10 of the stories, but the BBC has announced that Eoin Colfer (who wrote the Artemis Fowl kids’ books and the sixth Hitchhiker’s Guide book, And Another Thing…) would be penning this month’s story. It focuses, appropriately enough, on the First Doctor, played beginning in 1963 by actor William Hartnell.

The story is entitled “Big Hand for the Doctor,” and Colfer says that he was excited to write an adventure for the First Doctor because “he is a bit of a grump. Subsequent Doctors became more chipper and almost childlike and I found the first Doctor interesting because he was not so developed and I could have a little leeway with the character.” Here’s a short synopsis:

London. 1900. The First Doctor is missing his hand and his granddaughter, Susan. Faced with the search for Susan, a strange beam of soporific light, and a host of marauding Soul Pirates, the Doctor is promised a dangerous journey into a land he may never forget . . .