Things I love:
2) Doctor Who.
3) Me, writing stuff.
4) Me, getting published.
All four of these things are combined in one glossy, hardback book this festive season, with the publication of Big Finish's Doctor Who Short Trips: Christmas Around The World. It's my first published slice of officially-licensed Who fiction, so extremely significant and joyous for me. The physical book arrived this morning, and I've been holding it in my hand like some kind of precious topaz.
Oh, did I not mention? I didn't write it all. Lord, no. It's a short-story compilation, to which I've contributed the story Christmas Every Day. I was delighted when editor Xanna Eve Chown allowed me to write a Fourth Doctor (that's Tom Baker, to the Who layman) and Leela story: I had a ball creating a brand new mini-adventure for that classic duo.
The hardback book's theme, as you'd expect from its title, is the ways in which Christmas is celebrated around the globe. Of course, I had to be awkward and set mine on another planet entirely, but it's good to be different. The tome opens with a lovely map of the globe, indicating the times and places of each story. I'm in the good company of 19 other authors - including TV's James Moran, former Who script editor Andrew Cartmel, Simon Guerrier, Eddie Robson and Rebecca Levene - so it's splendid value for money. So far, I've only read Moran's top-notch tale. Why? Because he threatened to "brain" me with a "porcelain bog seat" if I didn't. He's a proper thug - people don't realise. Besides, I'm saving the rest of the stories for Christmas, as is only good and proper.
Christmas Around The World is out December 15. You can see full ordering details on Big Finish's site. Go on, spoil yourself. It's (almost) Christmas.
Ho ho, and furthermore, ho!