Together again! Douglas Adams and James Goss are taking on the world through semi-posthumous novelisations.
After January’s smash-hit novelisation of ‘The Pirate Planet’, James Goss will once again take on the work of Douglas Adams. ‘Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen’ will hit the shelves in the New Year.
“The Doctor promised Romana the end of the universe, so she’s less than impressed when what she gets is a cricket match. But then the award ceremony is interrupted by eleven figures in white uniforms and peaked skull helmets, wielding bat-shaped weapons that fire lethal bolts of light into the screaming crowd. The Krikkitmen are back.”
So Long, and Thanks for All the Pitch
Douglas Adams is best remembered for his series ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ in all its permutations. He served as Doctor Who script editor during season 17 and wrote three stories for the show. Only ‘The Pirate Planet’ and ‘City of Death’ would see an airdate, however, as industrial action put the kibosh on his third story, ‘Shada’.
‘The Krikkitmen’ was a story idea that Adams conceived in 1976 and pitched to then-script editor Robert Holmes. Though rejected, Adams would eventually retool the story for his third Hitchhiker’s novel, ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’.
Give Us the Goss!
James Goss is something of a renaissance man when it comes to Doctor Who. He started out as senior content producer for the Doctor Who website back in 2000. Seeing it through the show’s revival and subsequent spin-offs. He went on to produce animated Doctor Who works, including ‘Scream of the Shalka‘. Before long he was turning his talents to fiction in novel and audio forms. These days, he can be found writing for Big Finish, including serving as producer for Torchwood. He also writes original fiction, including 2015’s ‘Haterz‘.
Stay on Target
This is the fourth time BBC Books has been granted permission to adapt a Douglas Adams story. Back in the day, Doctor Who serials were typically novelised by the scriptwriter. In the absence of a home video market, these sold like hot cakes during an ice age. However, the publisher, Target Books, was unable to work out a deal with Adams. This ended in 2012 with Gareth Roberts’ adaptation of the unmade serial ‘Shada’. Soon followed by the Goss trilogy of ‘City of Death‘, ‘The Pirate Planet‘ and now ‘Krikkitmen’.