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For four years in the late 1970s, the Dalek Annual was a must-have item for the discerning Doctor Who fan. Now, BBC Audio has brought its timeless tales of galactic resistance and derring-do back to life in the Dalek Audio Annual.
Terry Nation’s Dalek Annual 1976.
The Dalek Audio Annual features new readings of stories from the Dalek Annuals published in the 1970s.
An illustration by Edgar Hodges for Terror Task Force, the first story in the Dalek Annual 1976. The adventure introduced Joel Shaw, Reb Shavron and Mark Seven of the Anti-Dalek Force.

I think one’s age determines which wave of ‘Dalekmania’ you’re more familiar with,” says Michael Stevens, Doctor Who Range Editor at BBC Audio and executive producer of its Audio Annuals series. “For me, it’s that mid-to-late 1970s period when there was a Dalek Annual every year, the paperback Dalek Special, toy models from Palitoy and Denys Fisher, and the Genesis of the Daleks LP.”

The four Dalek Annuals are dated 1976 to 1979, though each of them appeared in shops in time for the previous Christmas, as was customary. World Distributors had published a Doctor Who Annual most years since Christmas 1965, but had never before had access to the Doctor’s arch-enemies. They’d lost out, during Dalekmania’s first flush, to Souvenir Press, who published The Dalek Book, The Dalek World and The Dalek Outer Space Book in 1964-66.

World’s Doctor Who Annuals were usually compiled in-house – sometimes, notoriously, by people unfamiliar with the TV show. Their Dalek Annuals, however – in common with the Souvenir volumes before them – boasted the services of the Daleks’ creator himself. Indeed, strictly speaking they’re titled Terry Nation’s Dalek Annuals. Nation’s agent at the time, Roger Hancock, was keen to build a brand around his client’s name and insisted on this prominent credit.

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Contents include: Tom Baker speaks to DWM ahead of the publication of his first Doctor Who novel! • Tom Baker answers questions from our TARDIS tin • An interview with Doctor Who author James Goss, who helped Tom write Scratchman • Actor Shaun Dooley (who played Epzo in 2018 episode The Ghost Monument) reveals his photographic contribution to Series 11 • A look at BBC Audio's resurrection of the 1970s Dalek Annuals • Part Four of The Warmonger, a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches three episodes - from 2007, 1966 and 1987 - which introduce new companions • Cosplayer Jamie Lenman shows his appreciation for the Sixth Doctor's coat • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2011 Eleventh Doctor story The God Complex • DWM's reviews of Series 11 episodes It Takes You Away, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos and the New Year's Day Special Resolution • An overview of Series 11’s ratings • Answers to the DWM Christmas Quiz • The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!