Writer pens tale for sci fi publication
Rutherglen writer Andrew Smith has contributed to a new Doctor Who book.
The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who is the first official guide to the science of the hit BBC series, written by Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, the public astronomer at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
Editor Simon invited Andrew, who wrote a Doctor Who story on television with evolution at its heart in 1980, to contribute to the book, which has authoritative scientific discussion accompanied by related short works of fiction.
Andy, a former pupil of Stonelaw High, admitted that at school: “I liked physics, and I did chemistry at O level, but I really didn’t enjoy it.”
He was delighted to get involved with the book, which is published on June 4.
Andy explained: “Simon and I had a bit of lunch and he mentioned a pitch he was sending into the BBC, and would I be interested in doing it? He hadn’t heard back in a while from them, and was at the stage of thinking, ‘They’re not going to do it. Then than night, he went home and there was the email from the BBC saying ‘yes’.
“There’s always been real science in Doctor Who over the years, so it’s a good book which people can pick up, and learn something from it, as well as being entertained.
“I had the regeneration story and Simon told me he wanted me to do something a bit different. There’s a lot of adventure stories in there, and with mine being the last one in the book, he wanted it to be more off the wall and a different take on things.
“There’s things in nature which are fascinating - how there’s animals that can regrow limbs if they lose one, or ones that can survive if you cut them in half.
“I didn’t want to have too much Doctor Who continuity in it - the book’s very much for people into new Doctor Who, not just the old.”
The book’s co-author was delighted to have the Rutherglen man involved with the publication.
Simon said: “I’ve been a fan of Andy’s work for a long time. In fact, his TV Doctor Who story Full Circle is my earliest memory of anything. So I was very keen to have him involved in the book.
“In fact, of all the authors I gave Andy the hardest brief. Everyone else was given an incarnation of the Doctor and a theme - for example ‘Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and the future of Earth’.
“But with Andy I wanted something more specific as his would be the last story in the book, which meant tying up some threads. That meant a bit of back and forth between us, but he was brilliant - engaged, enthusiastic, and patient when I changed my mind on things.
“I’m delighted with the story - it’s fun, it’s surprising and I find myself thinking over the implications even now, months after Andy finished it.”
Andy will be signing copies of the book at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on June 4.
Write stuff Andrew Smith with The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who book