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Author Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) is confirmed as the writer of a Twelfth Doctor short story, entitled ‘Lights Out’.

Speaking to The Guardian, Black said: “It’s a huge honour to get to write a story in such an amazing science fiction universe, one which makes for an ultimate writer’s playground with it’s flexibility across time and space.”

“I am a big fan of the series and of the Doctor himself, our alien hero who reminds us over and over of our humanity and carries a screwdriver instead of a gun.”

Black is joining authors Eoin Colfer, Michael Stott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson and Neil Gaiman, whose short stories were released throughout 2013 to celebrate each of the Doctors.

A new paperback anthology containing the story, ‘12 Doctors, 12 Stories’, will be released on Thursday, 23rd October 2014.

eBay has compiled a list of the top 10 Doctors in order of merchandise sales.

Top of the list is Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, whose 7 year run created enough memorabilia to outsell the other Doctors by 203%. 

The more recent Doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith fall into 2nd and 3rd place, while Peter Capaldi is down in 10th place.

Here is the list of the top 10 Doctors in order of sales:

1. Tom Baker
2. David Tennant
3. Matt Smith
4. William Hartnell
5. Paul McGann
6. Patrick Troughton
7. Sylvester McCoy
8. Colin Baker
9. Peter Davison
10. Peter Capaldi

eBay spokesperson, Laura Wilkinson-Rea said: “It really speaks to Tom Baker’s iconic Doctor Who status that he continues to outsell the other Doctors. It also seems like the Universe is safe for now as the Doctors are far outselling the baddies.

“For example, ebay.co.uk currently lists 200,000 items of Doctor Who merchandise - totally dwarfing the Dalek’s 14,000. We’d be fascinated to see what spin Malcolm Tucker would put on this!”

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