Who’s Afraid Of The Dark?

Spi­der­wick writer pens a Ca­paldi short

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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

sci- fact! One of Firestorm’s Kick­s­tarter stretch goals was to cre­ate a

huge ex­plo­sion!

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