BBC Books and Penguin Random House Children’s UK are quick. The book publishing duo has announced along with Ebury Publishing that they have acquired to publishing rights for Doctor Who series 11 from BBC Worldwide. The books will be available worldwide and in multiple languages.
This announcement should come as no surprise to long term fans of the show since Penguin Random House and/or BBC Books have been publishing Doctor Who titles since the 1990’s.
Rebecca Smart, Managing Director, Ebury Publishing, says: “We are really delighted to have completed a two series publishing deal with BBC Worldwide. At BBC Books we have a long history of publishing alongside Doctor Who and are so pleased to be able to continue, particularly as the series enters this exciting new phase!”
Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK, adds: “What an exciting time to be renewing our partnership with BBC Worldwide as Doctor Who moves into a new era with its first female Doctor. Doctor Who stands for transformational magical storytelling and we can’t wait to take the new Doctor on new adventures in our books as we continue to expand the Doctor Who universe. We’ll be publishing for brand new fans meeting the Doctor for the very first time, as well as the existing fans who already know and love the show as much as we do.”
Jan Paterson, Head of Book and Audio Publishing, BBC Worldwide comments: “The Penguin Random House publishing agreement is one of the most important and successful partnerships for the Doctor Who brand, and so we are really pleased that we have renewed terms with them for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor. Both in their publishing for the Children’s and Adult audiences, they have created an imaginative, diverse, extensive range of quality books that have reflected the content and values of the series and brand. We have worked with them on Doctor Who publishing for many years, and are excited about the plans for the future.”
Doctor Who returns this Christmas with the episode entitled “The Doctors” featuring Peter Capaldi’s last outing as the Twelfth Doctor before he regenerates into Thirteen (Jodie Whittaker). Also appearing in the episode will be David Bradley who will revive the role once played by William Hartnell, the first and original Doctor. The show will also mark the last episode from current lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat. Starting with the first words of the Thirteen Doctor, Chris Chibnall will assume the role as the long running programmes show runner.