As part of Doctor Who's big 50th anniversary bash this year, the BBC has announced its plan to release 11 short stories set in the Who-niverse written by beloved and popular children's book authors. While the authors haven't been confirmed yet, at the top of the list of likely candidates is none other than J.K. Rowling; others include Michelle Paver, Susan Price, Kate Thompson, Anthony Horowitz, Geraldine McCaughrean, Philip Pullman and Alan Garner, according to the folks at Hypable.

Apparently, each author is going to take on one incarnation of the Doctor, which is extra exciting (certainly moreso than 11 tales about Tennant and Smith, at least). The first short story is due out at the end of the month, and a paperback of all 11 stories should be out in November. Personally,'m guessing BBC maximizes the potential interest/sales and has Rowling write either the Tenth or Eleventh Doctors, although there does seem to be something weirdly appropriate in Rowling taking on the Seventh Doctor to me. Your thoughts?


[Via Blastr]