Sunday, May 16, 2010

Who is Oli Smith?

Until the autumn of last year, I had never heard of Oli Smith. Then, the next thing I know, he's writing an 11th Doctor DYD. And then it turns out he's also writing an original 11th Doctor and Amy novel. And then he's written the audio story that was given away free with the Telegraph (which was a significantly better story that Matt Smith's reading of it - especially his 'impression' of Amy Pond).

But where did this Oli Smith come from? According to his website, he is 'a freelance writer living in London. He has written various comics and short stories as well as a few non-fiction works, mostly for Doctor Who.' But that doesn't really tell me anything either. I mean, how did he come from nowhere to write not only a DYD but also a novel, making him one of a very select band of writers? (I enquired about writing a Doctor Who novel once and didn't even get an acknowledgement that my letter had even been received!)

Then it turns out that this Oli Smith has also written for the Doctor Who Storybook 2010 and Doctor Who Adventures magazine. And he's been interviewed on the official Doctor Who website!

But WHO is Oli Smith?


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3 Comments:

Blogger Andrew said...

Strange post Jon - are you jealous?

Now you know how all us FF fans feel when we try to get new FF adventures written by others, and get knocked back, only to see all the same old same old by Livingstone and Jackson republished again and again.

cheers

Andy

May 17, 2010 at 3:59 AM  
Blogger Lucifal said...

He was a co-founder of London Underground Comics and did a brilliant job of networking. Networking, and his charm and 60's looks, seem to have been his anchor for success.

May 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Green said...

Hi Andy

Course I'm jealous! ;-)

But you raise a good point and make it well.


Lucifal

Thanks. Ah, networking. Sadly I'm lacking in either charm or 60s' looks.

May 22, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

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