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Historical Accuracy

Doctor Who: The Complete History is arguably the most ambitious reference work ever compiled about this, or any other, television series.

Published by Panini in collaboration with Hachette Partworks, Doctor Who: The Complete History is a comprehensive Doctor Who partwork that launched in September 2015 and is released fortnightly as a series of lavish hardback books. The Complete History claims to be ‘The definitive guide to the making of Doctor Who’.

“There are so many wonderful books devoted to the history of Doctor Who, but a partwork has the beauty of building up across many volumes, so there can be a more detail,” says co-editor Mark Wright. “And not to put too fine a point on it, as Doctor Who fans we are collectors. We like having things that line up and look pretty on the shelf – and that can be pulled out and read again and again.”

John Ainsworth (above) and Mark Wright are joint editors of the partwork Doctor Who: The Complete History.

Mark co-edits The Complete History alongside John Ainsworth, who was initially approached to be the sole editor of a partwork which would be based on Andrew Pixley’s Doctor Who Magazine Archive features. “Andrew’s DWM Archives were published over a very long period of time,” John points out. “There was no real consistency in the way they were presented, so there was a lot of interest in the idea of republishing and updating the Archives in some form, and this ultimately led to the decision to turn them into a partwork.

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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.