The first ever book of Doctor Who poetry will be released later this year, featuring illustrations by former showrunner Russell T Davies.
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred celebrates the joys, sorrows and wonders of Time Lord life, and will be written by James Goss and illustrations by Davies. It will be Davies’ first role as illustrator, using comic artist skills he developed in his youth.
The book will be published on 14th September, two weeks before National Poetry Day on 28th September.
Goss, who has adapted three ‘Doctor Who’ stories by Douglas Adams for BBC Books, said this must be the “most charming” book in the franchise yet. “BBC Books have carefully baited an irresistible trap to lure people into reading poetry. Russell’s beautiful illustrations make this the most charming ‘Doctor Who’ book there’s ever been (and I’m including that magical first ‘Doctor Who’ book you discovered as a child),” he said. “The poems have been a delight to work on. Who could resist retelling the fiendish Daleks’ Masterplan in verse, or finding bizarre and ludicrous rhymes for monster names?”
Davies added: “I’ve been drawing for Doctor Who long before I was writing it, so it was like time-travel for me, voyaging back to that young scribbler who used to cover his school desk with Daleks.”