been a fan ever since childhood, when I enjoyed being scared
by the monsters.
The fourth Doctor - as played by Tom Baker - was my childhood
hero. He's still my favourite.
I grew up, I became a typical obsessive teenage Doctor Who
enthusiast (the popular term is 'fanboy').
I began buying Doctor Who Weekly and the Target books.
Baker's Doctor is still Nick's favourite
also started compiling lists - the fanboy rite of passage
- and writing my own Doctor Who adventures.
did I know it then but my teenage literary enthusiasm would
eventually bear fruit.
My first Doctor Who novel Dominion was published in 1999 and
since then I've barely broken stride.
The Fall of Yquatine came out in 2000, Superior Beings in
2001 and now Reckless Engineering in 2003.
Bristol and Brunel
always been was my intention to write a story set in Bristol.
Not just because it's the town in which I happen to live,
but because it has got a fascinating and colourful history.
I decided to include as many famous Bristol locations in Reckless
Engineering as reasonably possible.
I managed to fit in the Suspension Bridge, Queen Square, Ashton
Court and its Mansion House, the Floating Harbour, the Downs
and the ss Great Britain.
It's not named in the book but the Llandoger Trow is also
in there. The King Street pub has a previous literary claim
to fame - Robert Louis Stevenson stayed there to imbibe atmosphere
for Treasure Island.
then there's of course, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the greatest
Briton (whatever the polls say).
I realised that he would be the perfect foil for the Doctor.
And so a story in which the Doctor teams up with Brunel to
save the world (or as it turned out, reality itself) seemed
to me a fun idea that would make a great story.
> Start reading Nick's Doctor