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Readers could join the Sixth Doctor and face big decisions in parallel worlds thanks to a series of exciting Make Your Own Adventure game books published in 1986.
Gail Bennett’s cover art for the UK edition of Search for the Doctor featured the Sixth Doctor (as played on TV by Colin Baker) and K9.

Have you ever longed to climb aboard the TARDIS and enter another dimension? Meet the Doctor and join him in outwitting his enemies? Well, now’s your chance! All you need is a pair of dice, a pencil, a little bit of luck and all your wits about you. Ready?”

So ran the cover blurb on half a dozen Make Your Own

Adventure game books, all featuring the Sixth Doctor and published in 1986. Adventure game books, bringing complex, collegiate roleplaying games to younger audiences, became a phenomenon in British children’s publishing when The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, first appeared in August 1982. Telling a story with points of decision embedded in the narrative, aided by dice throws, it sold two million copies, spawning a series of popular Fighting Fantasy game books from Firetop Mountain’s publisher, Puffin.

Inevitably, others jumped on the bandwagon. Editor Clare Dannatt approached BBC Enterprises on 8 May 1984 with a proposed Doctor Who range of what she called Plot-As-You-Go books. Though interested, BBC Enterprises quickly discovered that Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner had already agreed to a similar informal approach from Severn House; the deal was officially confirmed on 26 June.

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Doctor Who’s creators envisaged a series that would go forwards, backwards and sideways in time. The Doctor’s trips to parallel universes and alternative dimensions have provided the show with some of its best-loved adventures – from its black-and-white beginnings to the latest episodes, starring Jodie Whittaker. Uncover the background to these memorable journeys and explore the greatest stories beyond the television series in this lavish publication, which is packed full of exclusive features and rare images.