12 Essential Doctor Who Books Coming This Autumn/Fall


Whographica: An Infographic Guide to Space and Time

51fbtaqhsblRelease Date: September 22, 2016

More colourful than Tom Baker’s scarf, and more clever than Osgood, Whographica explores the rich and peculiar history of Doctor Who through infographics, charts, maps – and more! Follow the tangled threads of the Doctor’s family tree. Discover the secrets of Dalek evolution. Learn what the Doctor so desperately wants to know himself: where and when to find his home planet.

Captivating, intriguing, beautiful and strange, Whographica will show you so much more than the average eye is allowed to see. Because, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could have ever dreamed of.

odd0sgdv_normalAvailable to preorder via Amazon.

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Volume 1 – Gaze of the Medusa

51g9jhvaiwlRelease Date: October 5, 2016

This incarnation is generally regarded as the most recognisable of the Doctors and one of the most popular, especially in the United States. The Fourth Doctor Vol 1 centres on one of the most beloved Doctor’s among fans, which was played by Tom Baker between 1974 and 1981. Adding to the impressive range of Titan Comics Doctor Who graphic novels, The Fourth Doctor promises thrills and surprises for Whovians everywhere!

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Doctor Who: The Official Annual 2017

91arscxlgvlRelease Date: October 6, 2016

Join the Doctor for brand-new adventures on board the TARDIS in this year’s Doctor Who Annual. With secrets from the latest series, fact files on the latest terrifying monsters, exciting comic strips, stories, puzzles and activities, it’s the perfect read for any fan of the brilliant BBC show Doctor Who.

odd0sgdv_normalAvailable to preorder via Amazon.

Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales (Slipcase Edition)

81zqf2o-2zlAuthor: Justin Richards
Release Date: October 6, 2016

With 16 hardback books each containing a fairy tale set in the world of Doctor Who, this slipcase edition of Time Lord Fairy Tales includes a brand new story for 2016: The Emperor Dalek’s New Clothes. Time Lord Fairy Tales contains legendary stories of monsters, mysteries, villains and heroes from across the Whoniverse. A beautifully illustrated collection of dark and dangerous Whovian fairy tales, this slipcase is the perfect gift for any true Doctor Who fan.

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Doctor Who: A History of Humankind: The Doctor’s Official Guide

91hezwk-d9lRelease Date: October 6, 2016

Over billions of years of time travel, the Doctor has run into his fair share of important people – and he’s formed opinions on most of them too. Now the Twelfth Doctor has got hold of a history textbook from Coal Hill School, and he’s decided to improve it with notes of his own.

From Nefertiti to Robin Hood, this essential Doctor’s guide gives us his unique take on Earth’s most famous historical figures. Through annotations, scribblings and his trademark snarky humour, the Doctor has plenty to say about the pudding-brained humans he’s met on his travels. It’s history . . . but perhaps not quite as you know it!

odd0sgdv_normalAvailable to preorder via Amazon.

Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas


Authors: Jacqueline Rayner, Colin Brake, Richard Dungworth, Mike Tucker, Scott Handcock
Release Date: October 6, 2016

Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you’ll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic.

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Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs

913zyaid8hlAuthor: Peter Davison
Release Date: October 6, 2016

His fans have spoken, but despite their requests, Peter Davison has gone ahead and written his autobiography anyway. It wasn’t the book they tried to stop it was more like the book they didn’t want him to start. An aspiring singer-songwriter, once dubbed Woking’s answer to Bob Dylan (by his mum, who once heard a Bob Dylan song), Peter actually penned a hit for Dave Clarke (still awaiting royalties) but soon swapped a life on the pub circuit to tread the boards.

From colonial roots – his dad was Guyanese and his mother was born in India – the family settled in Surrey where Peter’s academic achievements were unspectacular, he even managed to fail CSE woodwork, eliciting a lament from his astonished teacher ( All you have to do is recognise wood! ).

Despite this, Peter has secured his place in science fiction history, becoming the Fifth Doctor, despite nearly turning down the role. The Time Lord connection continued with the marriage of his daughter Georgia to Doctor number ten, David Tennant.

The artist formerly known as Peter Malcolm Gordon Moffett has starred in a number of television series including Love for Lydia, A Very Peculiar Practice, At Home with the Braithwaites and The Last Detective and became a national treasure for having his arm up a cow in his role as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small. He was also in a Michael Winner movie…

He made his first stage appearance with an amateur dramatic company, but The Byfleet Players loss is now the West End’s gain as he now has a number of musicals to his name, including Legally Blonde, Chicago and Spamalot. Most recently he starred in the box office record breaking Gypsy where he rubbed shoulders backstage with Dames Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, all asking him for directions to Imelda Staunton’s dressing room.

One thing is for sure: of all the British screen and stage actors of the last fifty years, Peter Davison is certainly one of them and, within these pages, intrepid readers will at last have the dubious honour of sharing in his life and times as he despairs over whether there truly ever can be life outside the box.

odd0sgdv_normalAvailable to preorder via Amazon.

Doctor Who: The American Adventures

81xfthrdnklAuthor: Various
Release Date: October 25, 2016

Travel through time and space with the Twelfth Doctor in these six brand new adventures, set in a host of locations across the US and eras from throughout US history.

An invisible spacecraft turns up at the Battle of New Orleans, an alien presence is detected at the 1944 D-Day landings, and ghosts take over New York’s subway tunnels as they’re being dug in the early 1900s… Filled with mystery, excitement and the Doctor’s trademark wit, these timeywimey stories will delight any Doctor Who fan.

odd0sgdv_normalAvailable to preorder via Amazon.

Doctor Who: The Whoniverse

51klhekzvllAuthor: George Mann & Justin Richards
Release Date: October 27, 2016

The Whoniverse is a never-before-seen history of the Human Race – from the formation of Earth round the Racnoss eggs, and the creation of life by the destruction of the last Jagaroth spaceship, through to the eventual expansion of the sun and end of the world and beyond – to New Earth, and Utopia…

Along the way, The Whoniverse also explores the untold histories of other planets and other lifeforms as they have interacted with humanity. We examine the Daleks and Cybermen, the Time Lords and the Sontarans, the Ice Warriors, Silurians, Weeping Angels, and many many more… We visit Gallifrey and Skaro, Mondas and Telos, Mars and Sontar, to explore how their histories have coincided with the Time Lords, and with our own.

With full-colour illustrations, maps, charts and photography throughout, The Whoniverse is a dramatic retelling of the uprisings, wars and battles that formed Doctor Who‘s universe, and an astonishing compendium of the races that live within it. It is the definitive, essential companion to this universe, and any other.

odd0sgdv_normalAvailable to preorder via Amazon.

Class: The Stone House, Joyride & What She Does Next Will Astound You

Authors: A.K. Benedict, Guy Adams, James Goss
Release Date: October 27, 2016

Three thrilling tie-in novels for Class, the new BBC Three series created and written by bestselling author Patrick Ness.

odd0sgdv_normalThe Stone House: Aavailable to preorder via Amazon.

odd0sgdv_normalJoyride: Available to preorder via Amazon.

odd0sgdv_normalWhat She Does Next Will Astound You: Available to preorder via Amazon.


Book Preview: The Legends of River Song


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‘Hello, sweetie!’

Melody Pond, Melody Malone, River Song…She has had many names. Whoever she really is, this archaeologist and time traveller has had more adventures (and got into more trouble) than most people in the universe.

And she’s written a lot of it down. Well, when you’re married to a Time Lord (or possibly not), you have to keep track of what you did and when. Especially as it may not actually have happened to both of you yet.

These are just a few of River Song’s exploits, extracted from her journals. Sometimes, she is with the Doctor. Sometimes she’s on her own. But wherever and whenever she may be, she is never far from danger and excitement.

This is just a tiny portion of her impossible life. But it will reveal more than you’ve ever known about the legend that is River Song.

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A new book from the BBC will explore the further adventures of River Song, charting her exploits as extracted from her journals.

Doctor Who Magazine 495 revealed that Jacqueline Rayner, Guy Adams, Jenny T Colgan, Steve Lyons and Andy Lane will all be contributing to the anthology entitled The Legends of River Song.

Editor Justin Richards says the release will reveal more about the legend of River:

[su_quote cite=”Justin Richards”]These are just a few of River Song’s exploits, extracted from her journals, sometimes she is with the Doctor. Sometimes she is on her own. But wherever and whenever she may be, she is never far from danger and excitement. This is just a tiny portion of her impossible life. But it will reveal more than you’ve ever known about the legend that is River Song.[/su_quote]

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[su_spoiler title=”Jenny T. Colgan” style=”fancy”]Jenny T. Colgan has written 16 bestselling novels as Jenny Colgan, which have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, been translated into 25 languages, and won both the Melissa Nathan Award and Romantic Novel of the Year 2013. Aged 11, she won a national fan competition to meet the Doctor and was mistaken for a boy by Peter Davison.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Jacqueline Rayner” style=”fancy”]Jacqueline Rayner is the author of over 40 books and audio plays, including number one bestseller The Stone Rose, the highest-selling Doctor Who novel of all time, and two Doctor Who ‘Quick Reads’ for World Book Day. She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons and writes a regular column for Doctor Who Magazine about family life.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Steve Lyons” style=”fancy”]Steve Lyons has written nearly twenty novels, several audio dramas and many short stories, starring characters from the X-Men and Spider-Man to the Tomorrow People and Sapphire & Steel. He has also co-written a number of books about TV shows, including Cunning: The Blackadder Programme Guide and the bestselling Red Dwarf Programme Guide. His previous Doctor Who work includes the novels Conundrum, The Witch Hunters and The Crooked World, audio dramas The Fires of Vulcan and Colditz, and work for the official Doctor Who Magazine. He lives in Salford, near Manchester.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Guy Adams” style=”fancy”]Guy Adams lives in Spain, surrounded by rescue animals. Some of them are his family. He isn’t a spy, but he is a boy, so naturally he’s always dreamed of being one. Having spent over ten years working as a professional actor and comedian, eventually he decided he’d quite like to eat regularly, so switched careers and became a full-time writer. Nobody said he was clever. Against all odds he managed to stay busy and since then he has written over twenty books.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Andrew Lane” style=”fancy”]Andrew Lane has written more than 30 books in various genres – fiction and non-fiction, adult and Young Adult, crime and science fiction. Most recently he has been responsible for the internationally successful Young Sherlock Holmes series of novels (8 and counting) while the first book in his new Crusoe series will be published this year. His first novel was a licensed Doctor Who book – the Seventh Doctor novel Lucifer Rising – and he also writes Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions.[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]

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[su_note note_color=”#46a6dd” text_color=”#ffffff”]The Legends of River Song is available to preorder now via the Amazon link above, it will be released on June 2[/su_note]

Book Preview: Evening’s Empire


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Arriving in Middlesbrough, the Doctor, Ace aid Colonel Muriel Frost in an investigation into a plane crash during WWII.

Meanwhile, women are being kidnapped, and UNIT is trapped on a strange world of contemporary Earth building, primitive humans bows and arrows and with two suns in the sky.

How are these events connected? The Doctor is about to find out.

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Evening’s Empire is released coming July.

Evening’s Empire, a Doctor Who comic strip from the 1990s written by Andrew Cartmel, was never completed in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine. Although a version was printed subsequently, this new collection contains the first publication of the full story as originally intended, with brand-new artwork from the original artist, Richard Piers Rayner.

Originally intended as a multiple-chapter story for Doctor Who Magazine, only the first chapter was ever published in DWM, in November 1991. The remainder was abandoned due to production issues. In September 1993, the complete strip, colourised and altered, was published as the Doctor Who Classic Comics Autumn Holiday Special.

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Written By: Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Richard Piers-Raynor

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[su_label]Evening’s Empire is available to preorder now via ForbiddenPlanet.com or via the Amazon link above, it will be released on July 14[/su_label]

New BBC Book Explores The Legends of River Song


A new book from the BBC will explore the further adventures of River Song, charting her exploits as extracted from her journals.

Doctor Who Magazine 495 reveals that Jacqueline Rayner, Guy Adams, Jenny T Colgan, Steve Lyons and Andy Lane will all be contributing to the anthology entitled The Legends of River Song.

Editor Justin Richards says the release will reveal more about the legend of River:

“These are just a few of River Song’s exploits, extracted from her journals, sometimes she is with the Doctor. Sometimes she is on her own. But wherever and whenever she may be, she is never far from danger and excitement. This is just a tiny portion of her impossible life. But it will reveal more than you’ve ever known about the legend that is River Song.”

The collection will be published first as an ebook on February 11, priced £8.34 and subsequently as a hardback physical edition on June 2, priced £9.99.

Yee Jee Tso To Publish Doctor Who Book, New Interview Available Online


Yee Jee Tso, Chang Lee in the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie, has given a new interview where he talks on his experiences working on the McGann special, learning photography, writing his first book, and how his life is twenty years after the premiere of the episode.

Speaking during his appearance on the New Year Special of the MarkWHO42 podcast, hosted by MarkWHO42‘s Christian Basel and Patty Hawkins, Yee Jee Tso, also discussed his new book coming out in 2016 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the TV Movie!

Time and Spaces: A Photo Journal of Doctor Who Filming will be released in May 2016 by MIWK Publishing.


MIWK say:

“Yee Jee took a number of photographs during filming and has collected these behind-the-scenes images into this book. But it’s more than that, because as well as photographs from 1996, Yee Jee has taken a number of ‘then-and-now’ images of the filming locations as they look in 2015.

Alongside these photographs, Yee Jee has provided a running text commentary regarding the filming and locations, including some of the local history surrounding them.

This love-letter to the Doctor Who TV Movie is presented in a full colour hardback featuring photographs never previously published.”

Pre-orders are expected to be available in March.

You can listen to Yee Jee’s interview for free or download the episode at http://www.markwho42.net/2015/12/30/episode-130-happy-new-year-2000-wait-what/ You can also visit the MarkWHO42 website at www.MarkWHO42.net.

Video: The Second Doctor’s Letter To Victoria


If you’ve ever wondered what the Doctor thinks after one of his companions has departed or wondered just what he’d say given another chance, now you can hear just one example – the 2nd Doctor’s letter to his companion Victoria Waterfield.

A reading from Justin Richards’ excellent The Time Lord Letters, YouTuber Christopher Thomson evokes the spirit of Troughton to give us this glimpse of things unsaid:

The Time Lord Letters is available now from Amazon.

Ashildr/Me Returns in New BBC Books Release


Key Series 9 character Ashildr, aka Me, returns just in time for Christmas with The Legends of Ashildr, the latest Doctor Who release from BBC Books.

Featuring tales from Ashildr’s infinitely long life, the release is set between the events of The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived, filling in the gaps between the viking era and 17th century.

Legends of Ashildr is out this Thursday from BBC Books

The BBC description says:

“Ashildr, a young Viking girl, died helping the Doctor and Clara to save her village. Brought back to life by the Doctor using alien technology, she is now immortal – The Woman Who Lived. Since then, Ashildr has kept journals, detailing her extraordinary life. The Legends of Ashildr is a glimpse of some of those stories: the terrors she has faced, the battles she has won, and the treasures she has found. These are tales of a woman who lived longer than she should ever have lived – and lost more than she can even remember.”

Featuring four short stories by James Goss, Jenny Colgan, David Llewellyn and Justin Richards, The Legends of Ashildr is released this coming Thursday at £9.99 from all good bookstores, or just £8.60 from Amazon.

Towel Day: James Goss Speaks on Novelising The Pirate Planet for 2016 Release


Author James Goss has spoken on his next project for BBC Books following his immensely well received City of Death novelisation – The Pirate Planet. Scheduled for release in 2016, The Pirate Planet will be the final Douglas Adams story left to novelise from the writer’s Doctor Who output.

Speaking to SFX Magazine, Goss says his aim with the new novel is to try and make people love The Pirate Planet as much as they do City of Death and Shada, recognising that he has a much harder task this time than with the beloved City:

“The Pirate Planet has that sort of slightly, ‘Oh, maybe we can manage to take seven people in loin cloths out to a quarry in Wales’ feel to it. The script is amazing but you do have this slight feeling that Douglas Adams has ended up in the middle of an episode of Blake’s 7. And it’s a very odd experience watching it. I hope that doesn’t make me sound like I’m slagging off The Pirate Planet but City Of Death is probably the most beautiful-looking the classic series ever managed to pull off. This was Doctor Who being chic and stylish and glamorous. Like everybody has just come in from a Noel Coward play. And it’s just perfect.”

Goss also reveals the exciting news that he’ll seek to reintroduce Douglas Adams original vision for the scripts into his new novelisation:

The Pirate Planet is very exciting. There’s a brilliant researcher called Jem Roberts, who has written a very good biography of Douglas Adams, and he has access to Douglas Adams’s archive at St John’s College in Cambridge. And I’m hoping he’ll help me get into the archive, because when I was researching the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary coffee table book, every single quote that I managed to find about The Pirate Planet referred to how much more there was of the story before the BBC turned up and went, ‘No, this is too wild a sky for us.’

For more from James Goss, where he speaks on The Pirate Planet and hopes for his finds in the archives, head over to Gamesradar. City of Death meanwhile is available now from all good bookshops and via the Amazon link below.

Review: City of Death by James Goss


The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris – a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years. But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks – not in their wine glasses but in the very fabric of time itself. Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth. Aided by British private detective Duggan, whose speciality is thumping people, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni – all twelve of him – if the human race has any chance of survival.

But then, the Doctor’s holidays tend to turn out a bit like this.

City of Death by James Goss, released May 2015.

City of Death is considered to be one of the bona-fide classics of the original series of Doctor Who. Originally broadcast in 1979, the serial was penned by “David Agnew” – a pseudonym for a combination of David Fisher, Douglas Adams and Graham Williams. Averaging 14.5m viewers across it’s four episodes, the serial is one of the highest rated in the history of the show, with the fourth episode remaining the show’s highest ever audience with 16.1m tuning in.

Reaction to City of Death these days is almost universally positive, regularly placing in top ten lists and highlighted as one of the serials that changed the show as a franchise, contemporary critics were frequently divided on the lighter tone of the serial however, feeling the show and it’s star Tom Baker had gone too far into the realms of parody, largely through the input of Douglas Adams.

Attempting to novelise anything by the late great Adams is no easy task for the most skilled of writers, yet alone an iconic story such as City of Death, yet James Goss takes up the challenge left by the excellent Shada and Gareth Roberts and is proven a shrewd choice for the adaptation, having worked both on the Shada webcast and Dirk, a 1990s stage play adapted from the novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency that Douglas Adams was said to be delighted with.

The plot of the novel remains faithful to that seen on TV, needing little introduction. Having arrived in the then contemporary Paris of 1979, the Fourth Doctor and companion Romana are taking-in the sights of the French capital when they become aware that somebody is tampering with time itself. Who is the mysterious Count Scarlioni and why does he seem to be scattered throughout time? What role does Leonardo Di Vinci and the Mona Lisa play in proceedings and why does the Count what to steal the world’s most famous painting?

Cutting a fine-line between novelising the scripts as broadcast and adding new material to give a deeper backstory and fill the holes, James Goss has done both Adams and the iconic story proud, producing a very current and genuinely enjoyable novel that more than lives up to it’s billing. Full of descriptive and high quality prose, City of Death gives the perfect sense of character and location, giving more depth to the characters and a wonderful evocation of Paris. The author is not satisfied in merely relying on what Adams had already done as surely he could have, here we see an expanded City of Death, the Doctor, Romana and the Scarlionis faring particularly well.

Nobody could be as stupid as he seems...

Nobody could be as stupid as he seems…

The comedy that was so devising in 1979 is on full display here and if you’re looking for hard and serious sci-fi, this one isn’t for you. With one-liners and surrealism throughout, the novel brings an immense smile to the face, Goss seemingly understanding exactly what it is about Douglas Adams that appeals, his own additions being the equal of any of the originals. The City of Death quote book just got a lot thicker!

A very special blend of the Adamsian surreal, with atypical comedy, drama and fantasy, City of Death is a work of an immense imagination, one that like so much of Adams work successfully mixes the normal with the outrageous, yet it doesn’t attempt to mimic the late author, Goss’ own voice added to the City of Death talent pool. Immediately readable, memorably entertaining and a perfect example of adding depth to a story, the novel is one of the best novelisations of the original series that has been produced. An essential purchase.

City of Death is available now via the Amazon link below. An audio reading is also available from BBC Audio, as of course is the DVD of the original TV source material.

Kickstarter of the Week: Whovian Cookbook – Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated


Chris-Rachael Oseland, the culinary mad scientist behind Kitchen Overlord and author of nerdy cookbooks including: An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery, SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks and Dining With the Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook is seeking funding for a new edition of Dining With the Doctor via a new campaign on Kickstarter.


Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated takes the best content from the first edition, doubles the total number of recipes with all new content, and packages it all in a handsome, professionally printed book any geek would be proud to display on their coffee table.

So what does revised and expanded mean?

The first edition of Dining With the Doctor had one recipe for every episode of series one through six. Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated will have recipes for every episode of series one through eight, taking you all the way from Eccleston to Capaldi. Each recipe also includes a little bit of recap.

The revised & expanded 2nd edition includes:

  • 60 recipes from the 1st edition (87 episodes, stories 157-224)
  • 60+ brand new recipes (116 episodes, stories 157-253)
  • Brand new, high quality food photography
  • Interior artwork by Tom Gordon
  • Bonus chapters for both Cocktails and Fish Fingers & Custard
  • Index broken down by dietary restrictions & food allergies so you can easily feed all your friends

Please click below and donate generously to this worthy project, as ever the better the gift the better the reward!