Writer pens tale for sci fi pub­li­ca­tion

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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

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