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Doctor Who Reference Books

Reference Books covering a wide range of subjects

 

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About Time 4: Seasons 12-17 (Fourth Doctor)

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Highly detailed reference guides to each era of Doctor Who by Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood.

In addition to the usual concerns such as the TV show's continuity (alien races, the Doctor's abilities, etc.) and lore (anecdotal, Did You Know?-style material), Miles and Wood will examine each story in the context of the year/historical period it was produced, determining just how topical the stories were.

Along those lines, each About Time volume will include several essays on a myriad of comprehensive "Doctor Who" topics such as: When are the UNIT stories set?, What's the Timeline of the Earth Empire?, How believable is the British Space Programme? and Just How Chauvinistic is Doctor Who?

To aid continuity Season 18 is NOT covered in this volume. Tom Baker's last season is covered in the next volume.

 

Softcover

 

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About Time 7: The Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who 2005-06 (Series 1 and 2)

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In About Time, the whole of classic Doctor Who is examined through the lens of the real-world social and political changes — as well as ongoing developments in television production — that influenced the series in ways big and small over the course of a generation. Armed with these guidebooks, readers will be able to cast their minds back to 1975, 1982 and other years to best appreciate the series’ content and character.

Volume 7 of this series focuses on Series 1 and 2 (2005 to 2006) of the revamped Doctor Who starring Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. Essays in this volume include: Why Now? Why Wales?; Is the New Series More Xenophobic?; What’s So Great About the 51st Century?; Gay Agenda? What Gay Agenda?; Is Arthur the Horse a Companion?; and more.

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An Electric Storm: Daphne, Delia and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

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With extensive access to the Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire archives, and interviews with associates and members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, this book contains all you need to know about the innovative and experimental geniuses who were responsible for a golden age of electronic music in Britain and some of the most famous sounds to be heard on UK television.

 

From the formative years before the Workshop was established right up to its dissolution in the late 90s, and unlikely rebirth today, all the history is here. Not only that, but author Ned Netherwood also provides the first ever in depth guide to the discography of the Radiophonic Workshop and its members.

 

Whether you are a Doctor Who fan who loves the theme tune, an experimental music enthusiast with an ear for abstract sound or an obsessive record collector, there is something for you here.

 

Paperback 224 pages

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Back To The Vortex (Deluxe)

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Christopher Eccleston Is... The Doctor!

The adventures in time and space continue, as the Doctor and his faithful companion Rose Tyler travel time and space fighting evil, righting wrongs and saving the course of history. This is the ultimate guide to the newest adventures of the Doctor: an archive of information, review and commentary, from the press to the production to the fans, as the venerable Time Lord returns to television in 2005 in a thirteen-part series set to stun viewers and critics alike.

Back to the Vortex unfolds as history happened, from the announcements to the press releases, casting calls, the highs and lows, and the start of production. Discover the background to the new series, through the eyes of the press, the commentators and fans; read about the casting of Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and one-time pop princess Billie Piper as Rose; and be there during the lead-up to the return of the travelling Time Lord to regular prime time television after sixteen years away. And as the show débuts, investigate the stories themselves, through detailed analysis, facts and figures, as well as extensive reviews and commentary with a panel of fans and aficionados spread across the world.

This is the essential guide to the long awaited and anticipated return of the Doctor... and it's about time! Image shown is for illustration only and not actual cover

 

Signed by Phillip Segal & J Shaun Lyon

 

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Back to the Vortex (Standard)

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Christopher Eccleston Is... The Doctor!
The adventures in time and space continue, as the Doctor and his faithful companion Rose Tyler travel time and space fighting evil, righting wrongs and saving the course of history. This is the ultimate guide to the newest adventures of the Doctor: an archive of information, review and commentary, from the press to the production to the fans, as the venerable Time Lord returns to television in 2005 in a thirteen-part series set to stun viewers and critics alike.
Back to the Vortex unfolds as history happened, from the announcements to the press releases, casting calls, the highs and lows, and the start of production. Discover the background to the new series, through the eyes of the press, the commentators and fans; read about the casting of Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and one-time pop princess Billie Piper as Rose; and be there during the lead-up to the return of the travelling Time Lord to regular prime time television after sixteen years away. And as the show débuts, investigate the stories themselves, through detailed analysis, facts and figures, as well as extensive reviews and commentary with a panel of fans and aficionados spread across the world.
This is the essential guide to the long awaited and anticipated return of the Doctor... and it's about time!

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Behind the Sofa (Hardcover)

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Steve Berry decided to do something a little bit different to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research UK. A life-long DOCTOR WHO fan, he began to interview celebrities, writers, actors and people who had worked on DOCTOR WHO, asking for their earliest memories of the show that sent us cowering behind the sofa. Now he presents the fruits of his four years of labour - a beautiful, touching book containing short articles and touching memories of one of the most successful TV shows ever. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO - this is the perfect way to enjoy those 50 years! This revised and expanded edition includes over 30 new entries from people such as Sophia Myles, Ben Aaronovitch, John Leeson and many more.

Contributors include comedians Al Murray, Stephen Merchant, and Bill Oddie; actors Lynda Bellingham, Nicholas Parsons, and Rhys Thomas; writers Neil Gaiman, Jenny Colgan, Jonathan Ross and Charlie Brooker and politicians Louise Mensch and Tom Harris. In addition, there is input from a number of the writers, actors and production staff who were involved in creating DOCTOR WHO stories new and old.

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Bernard Wilkie: A Peculiar Effect on the BBC

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Bernard Wilkie is a pioneer in the world of visual effects. Along with Jack Kine he co-founded the BBC’s Visual Effects Department in 1954. Between them they worked on too many BBC productions to list, but chief among them were Doctor Who, Out of the Unknown, Quatermass, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and Some Mothers Do ‘ave ‘em. He passed away in 2002, writing this book in the late 1990s.

 

A Peculiar Effect on the BBC is his previously unpublished memoir and looks back on his career as a whole, covering each programme in detail with a light, but still educational, and often cautionary tone.

 

Whether it’s trying to make a smoke gun, encase an Ice Warrior in a block of ice, creating a Loch Ness Monster or simply coming up with a way of presenting a photo collection on screen utilising only one studio camera, Bernard and Jack rose to the occasion – often choking, soaking and terrifying their colleagues in the process. And almost all of these effects had to be done live – the pressure was on!

 

Bernard also talks in detail about the BBC taking over Ealing Studios and the construction of the now-defunct Television Centre. For anyone interested in the history of television, this is a fascinating eye witness account.

 

Foreword by visual effects designer Mat Irvine and afterword by visual effects designer Mike Tucker

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Calling The Shots: Directing The New Series Of Doctor Who

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SIGNED BY GRAEME HARPER

 

Renowned classic series director, Graeme Harper takes us on a trip behind the scenes to find out what it's like directing Doctor Who in the 21st century

Softcover

 

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Cracks in Time: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who 2010 (Hardcover)

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Last few copies - only 100 signed and numbered copies produced

 

Cracks in Time is the comprehensive guide to Series Five of Doctor Who — the first to feature Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor, with his new companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).

 

All 13 episodes plus the Christmas special, 'A Christmas Carol', are discussed in depth. Also covered are all the associated major news stories, press releases, casting announcements and public response to the episodes. The arrival of the 'new paradigm' Daleks; the return of the Weeping Angels; the reintroduction of the mysterious River Song (Alex Kingston); and the trap awaiting the Doctor in the Pandorica — all these things and more are recalled within these pages.

 

The book also details The Adventure Games series of Doctor Who computer games; the Doctor Who Live show; and all other significant events that occurred in the Doctor Who world during 2010, presenting all the facts and figures, behind-the-scenes notes, press reaction and detailed and insightful analysis.

 

Cracks in Time is an essential read for all fans of the show, and continues Telos's unrivalled coverage of Doctor Who.

 

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Cracks in Time: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who 2010 (Softcover)

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Cracks in Time is the comprehensive guide to Series Five of Doctor Who — the first to feature Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor, with his new companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).

 

All 13 episodes plus the Christmas special, 'A Christmas Carol', are discussed in depth. Also covered are all the associated major news stories, press releases, casting announcements and public response to the episodes. The arrival of the 'new paradigm' Daleks; the return of the Weeping Angels; the reintroduction of the mysterious River Song (Alex Kingston); and the trap awaiting the Doctor in the Pandorica — all these things and more are recalled within these pages.

 

The book also details The Adventure Games series of Doctor Who computer games; the Doctor Who Live show; and all other significant events that occurred in the Doctor Who world during 2010, presenting all the facts and figures, behind-the-scenes notes, press reaction and detailed and insightful analysis.

 

Cracks in Time is an essential read for all fans of the show, and continues Telos's unrivalled coverage of Doctor Who.

 

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Doctor's Effects, The

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Last copies, out of print

 

A comprehensive tribute to the BBC Visual Effects Department staff with contributions from members past and present. Contains many photos never published before, production drawings, notes and sketches

Paperback

 

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Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia

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Celebrate the Doctor's 50th anniversary with over 200 characters - past and present

 

Step into the TARDIS, watch out for the odd Dalek, and allow yourself to be swept away into the weird and wonderful world of the good Doctor Who. Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia covers every single Doctor and each of his resourceful assistants from the past 50 years, as well as unforgettable baddies like the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Master.

 

Every single regeneration of the Doctor can be found in Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia, where each of the 200 characters has a full profile, including the very strangest of aliens from the classic series. Data files provide fascinating stats on every character included in the book, from the faithful K-9 to Amy Pond.

 

If you consider yourself a Time Lord in the making, Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia a must-have. Perfect for Doctor Who fans of all ages, and for those times when you're too scared to watch!

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