Susan Calman (Author) Susan Calman is a comedian, actor, presenter and writer. A regular on The News Quiz, Susan has written four series for BBC Radio 4 and her last tour, The Calman Before The Storm sold out nationally. In 2016 she published her memoir, Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate. In 2017, she quickstepped into the nation's hearts as maybe the most joyful contestant ever on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. An advocate for LGBT and mental health issues, Susan lives in Glasgow with her wife Lee and their cats. Jenny T. Colgan (Author) Jenny Colgan has written twenty-five novels under her own name and, as Jenny T. Colgan, has published extensively in the Doctor Who universe, including the novels In the Blood and Dark Horizons, and the Big Finish audio drama Time Reaver, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate. Jacqueline Rayner (Author) Jacqueline Rayner has written many books, audioplays and comic strips, many of them set in the world of Doctor Who, including the number one bestseller The Stone Rose and two 'Quick Reads' for World Book Day. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked at BBC Books as an editor on their Doctor Who range. Dorothy Koomson (Author) Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of twelve novels. Her third book, My Best Friend's Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006 and sold more than 500,000 copies. Since her early days of buying comics and working in a well-known comic store, Dorothy has been a die-hard science fiction fan, so she was delighted to work on this anthology.
THE MARY SUE -- Regardless of the fact that my favorite companion hasn't been featured (coughDonnacough) I'm still really excited that there is going to be this middle-grade/young-adult collection for young female fans of Doctor Who (boys can love it too, of course). Even though there are so many women in the Doctor Who fanbase, sometimes it can be overwhelming or hard to get into "geek" spaces because so much of it is coded male. Most of the DW novels have 9, 10 or 11 right on the front of the cover with their female companion in the background. This book has the companions front and center. It is also a good mix of women: Rose, who was a great working-class, everywoman heroine. Clara...she's nice (I'm sorry, I'm sorry Clara fans). Bill who is an awesome lesbian woman of color, and a great way to expose young women to differences early. And Sarah Jane Smith...the legend. The Queen. A heroine who is a grown woman still living an exciting life. I'm super excited that young fans of the show will get to read stories about women kicking butt.