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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.

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Its enigmatic title promises mystery – yet Doctor Who is perhaps the most forensically documented TV series of all time.
An imminent production handover prompted story editor Dennis Spooner to create the first Doctor Who episode guide.
The seminal Making of Doctor Who was published in 1972. Its co-author was Malcolm Hulke, a man who divided his career between writing episodes of television series and compiling guide books...
The long tradition of highly illustrated Doctor Who reference books can be traced back to a treasured series edited by Terrance Dicks in the 1970s.
In the days before Doctor Who Magazine, the devotees of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society went to extraordinary lengths to chart the history of their favourite programme.
In the 1970s, television series were generally seen as disposable products, unworthy of in-depth cataloguing. In the early 1980s, a pair of Doctor Who books by Jean-Marc Lofficier led to a new approach...
Doctor Who’s first coffee-table book, 1983’s A Celebration, was a publishing phenomenon that accidentally turned author Peter Haining into the show’s ‘official historian’.
The most serious, and arguably the most challenging, books about Doctor Who are the numerous cultural studies texts that have appeared since the early 1980s.
For two decades, John Fitton provided an essential service to Doctor Who fans – supplying books and other merchandise direct to their doors.
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.
David J Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker are jointly responsible for more Doctor Who reference books than any other authors.
With the television series seemingly over, Doctor Who Magazine provided dedicated fans with the most detailed series of retrospective articles it had ever attempted.
Some of Doctor Who’s most dedicated fans and historians have spent years trying to untangle the series’ haphazard continuity.
BBC Books’ Albert DePetrillo explains how Doctor Who’s range of official non-fiction continues to evolve.
The advent of digital printing technology has transformed the world of short run, niche publishing. This quiet revolution has left Doctor Who fans spoilt for choice…
Written by Russell T Davies and long-time Doctor Who Magazine contributor Benjamin Cook, The Writer’s Tale is a unique chronicle of the series’ twenty-first century production.
In recent years, ‘infographics’ have brought a new dimension to the presentation of information and data about Doctor Who’s rich and varied history.
Doctor Who’s account brand manager Edward Russell is the ultimate authority on what goes into a reference book.
Doctor Who: The Complete History is arguably the most ambitious reference work ever compiled about this, or any other, television series.
The research that goes into Doctor Who reference books and magazines has helped to define the series itself.
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