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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > DWM Special 47 - -Referencing the Doctor > THE STUFF OF LEGEND


In 1986 Jeremy Bentham earned a place among Doctor Who’s gamechanging authors with a book that featured unprecedented analysis of the William Hartnell era.


Jeremy Bentham at the party to celebrate DWM’s 400th issue in 2008. Photo © Peter Ware.

In the late 1970s there were three authors who proved inspirational where the chronicling of television and radio was concerned. BBC studio technician Roger Wilmut mixed fun and facts in The Goon Show Companion (Robson Books, 1976). Screenwriter Gary Gerani assembled incredible data for the first major telefantasy volume, Fantastic Television (Harmony, 1977). And the by-line of IBM techno-wiz Jeremy Bentham became a guarantee of wisdom and information via the Doctor Who Appreciation Society in the same period. His subsequent book, Doctor Who: The Early Years (WH Allen, 1986), proved a major step forward in Doctor Who publishing, taking what was already a rather specialist field to a whole new level.

Jeremy’s Doctor Who: The Early Years (1986) was unprecedented in its analysis of the William Hartnell episodes.
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The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is devoted to the many non-fiction books based on the series. This comprehensive guide traces the history of the series’ reference works, from the very first episode guides compiled by Doctor Who story editors for their colleagues in the 1960s, to the fanzines of the 1970s, the first authorised books based on the series and the plethora of books available today. Exclusive interviews, behind-the- scenes features and numerous rare photographs tell the whole story, from the black-and-white days of Doctor Who to the 2017 series starring Peter Capaldi.