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A Brief History of Time

Some of Doctor Who’s most dedicated fans and historians have spent years trying to untangle the series’ haphazard continuity.

Efforts to harmonise the inconsistencies in the Doctor’s history began in the 1970s. Questions such as ‘How could Atlantis have been destroyed three times?’ (in 1966-67’s The Underwater Menace, 1971’s The Dæmons and 1972’s The Time Monster) have inspired many writers to try to reconcile the various points of view.

A notable early attempt was by former story editor Gerry Davis in the prologue to Doctor Who and the Cybermen (1974), his novelisation of the 1967 story The Moonbase. This brief, two-page summary attempted to explain the link between the cloth-faced Mondasians of The Tenth Planet (1966) and the more robotic Cybermen of the Second Doctor stories.

John Peel’s The Gallifrey Chronicles included extracts from ‘The Scrolls of Rassilon’. The book was published in October 1991.
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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.