Children's authors to pen Doctor Who stories

Scottish actor David Tennant played the 10th incarnation of Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010. (BBC)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic and long-running British sci-fi show Doctor Who, the BBC has announced there are plans to publish 11 short stories featuring the time traveling adventurer penned by different prominent children's authors.

"We are delighted to have 11 sensational children's authors involved in the series, all bringing an individual style, imagination and interpretation to their short tribute to The Doctor," said Juliet Matthews of Puffin Books. "This is a who's who of children's fiction coming together to celebrate the much-loved Doctor Who."

Both the broadcaster and publisher have remained tight-lipped about which authors have been selected, but the names will be revealed one at a time in the coming weeks, with the first author's identity being announced on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page Monday, Jan. 7.

A paperback collection of the stories will be released in November, according to the BBC.

The news has generated buzz among book lovers and pop-culture bloggers online, with big time names being bandied about. Hypable's Laura Bryne-Cristiano believes that because the show has remained "an unabashedly iconic British show" over the years, the children's authors would likely have strong ties to the U.K., and put Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling and novelists Anthony Horowitz and Kate Thompson as strong candidates.

What renowned children's authors do you think would be spin a good yarn starring Doctor Who?