James Goss returns to adapt another Douglas Adams Doctor Who story into a novel. It may not be a novel idea but it’s still worth exploring ‘Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen’.
If you haven’t read any of the recent Douglas Adams Doctor Who novel adaptations then you’re certainly missing out. James Goss has, very successfully, adapted two of the three Douglas Adams stories out there. ‘The City of Death’, and ‘The Pirate Planet’, which was released earlier this year. Goss, somehow manages to faithfully capture the tone of Adams, which we all love so much, without coming across as a gimmick or parody. It must be challenging but he rises to the occasion, time and time again.
‘Doctor Who and The Krikkitmen’ is something of a different beast then the other adaptations though. This is a rejected pitch that Adams had done for the program during his time on the show. The other stories all had some sort of a life. Shada, despite not making it to television was a full script that was mostly shot (Be sure to learn more about its upcoming release here) and is well known, and loved, by fans. The Krikkitmen only has notes and a treatment, finding the right balance as this is less of an adaptation and more of a first writing.
Despite being rejected, Krikkitmen is said to be the origins of Adams third Hitchhikers novel, ‘ Life, the Universe and Everything’. So, if you had any doubts that this may not be a worthwhile story, please reconsider. What may not work on Television, especially back in the 1970’s, doesn’t mean it can’t be a great book. Adams certainly proved that with his retooling of the story and now Goss is about to remind us with his take.
Be sure to grab your copy of ‘Doctor Who and The Krikkitmen’ when it becomes available in hardback, January 2018, for £16.99.