Who’s Afraid Of The Dark?
Spiderwick writer pens a Capaldi short
To celebrate last year’s 50th Who- niversary, Penguin Books assigned 11 major SF authors the task of writing a mini adventure for their allocated Doctor. Spiderwick Chronicles co- author Holly Black was enlisted to fill the Capaldi- shaped hole in the collected anthology for this year’s updated collection, an opportunity the huge Who fan couldn’t pass up.
“I’m a planner,” Black tells Red Alert. “I have a schedule that goes through 2017, but I was like, ‘ Push all of that aside, I want to do this!’”
In “Lights Out” the 12th Doctor journeys to the intergalactic coffee roasting station to get Clara a caffeine fix. There he meets 78351, an adolescent alien who helps the Doctor solve the mysterious spate of deaths occurring on board whenever darkness descends.
“I think we’re all afraid of the dark. Doctor Who has found a lot of different ways to literalise that,” Black says. “I was interested in doing something you can’t do in an episode. And you can’t shoot an episode in the dark, so I thought it would be fun for them to be in darkness – and for action to happen.”
Black also had a very specific idea of when “Lights Out” would take place. “I wanted it to be set between the first and second episodes of series eight, so whatever happens later will not disrupt my canon!
“The wonderful thing about the Doctor Who universe is that it has room for almost any story you can come up with. That is great and also intimidating – because you really can do anything.” “Lights Out” is available now as an ebook or as part of a collected anthology. To win one of 20 copies of the collectable slipcase edition head to http:// bit. ly/ LightsOutComp
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