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BBC Books’ Albert DePetrillo explains how Doctor Who’s range of official non-fiction continues to evolve.


As an imprint of Ebury Publishing, BBC Books has a remit to publish a wide range of titles tying in to BBC programmes. The company’s list includes numerous books related to a much-loved television institution that has been on our screens for six decades.

“I’ve always felt like Doctor Who is its own beast,” explains Albert DePetrillo, publishing director of BBC Books. “Like any brand, it’s going to have peaks and troughs, but it’s always been a consistent part of what we do and there’s always been a dedicated readership. That’s something we’re grateful for and take very seriously.”

Historically speaking, BBC Books has published official Doctor Who books since 1996, the year of the Paul McGann TV Movie, its titles covering both fiction and non-fiction. In its modern incarnation – Ebury Publishing became a majority shareholder in 2006 – BBC Books continues to publish a wide range of non-fiction Doctor Who books in a constantly changing publishing world.

“One of the ways that Doctor Who perhaps bucks the trend is that you can publish all year round,” says Albert. “There’s a good amount of focus on what you’re going to publish while the show is on air, because you get more attention for what’s published when it’s on. But there’s such love for the show that it gives you the opportunity to publish outside that TV window more confidently that you would otherwise.”

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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.