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With the television series seemingly over, Doctor Who Magazine provided dedicated fans with the most detailed series of retrospective articles it had ever attempted.
Editor John Freeman tailored the content of Doctor Who Magazine to dedicated fans. Below: The first

With Doctor Who off the air and no sign of it returning any time soon, the early 1990s might have seemed like a bad time to be a Doctor Who fan. But in many ways, fans reached new heights of productivity in this decade – and one of the areas in which this manifested itself was in the chronicling of Doctor Who’s production.

Doctor Who is without doubt one of the most scrutinised television series ever made, and the professional publication of in-depth studies largely began in the 1990s. Sources of information such as the BBC Written Archives Centre were beginning to become more easily accessible to outside researchers, and perhaps the fact that the series now existed – for the time being, at least – as a complete body of work added to the attraction of preparing such histories.

In books, Virgin Publishing began work on its acclaimed series of reference works. And at Doctor Who Magazine, in 1991 editor John Freeman initiated one of the longest-lasting and most ambitious series of regular articles – the Archives, by Andrew Pixley. The aim: to tell the history of the production of each and every Doctor Who story, one per issue, until all 150-plus had been covered.

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About Doctor Who Magazine

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.