What’s All the Fuss About… Doctor Who?

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FBS Publishing have announced a new non-fiction book about Doctor Who which has been co- authored by occasional downthetubes contributor Ian Wheeler.

Ian has teamed-up with Will Hadcroft to write What’s All the Fuss About…? An Introduction to Doctor Who: An Unofficial Doctor Who Companion.

Who is the Doctor, what are the Daleks and why is the TARDIS a police box? Here is a television programme that has been running for over fifty years and has seen twelve different actors play the title role, each a unique incarnation. Why are people so devoted to this phenomenon? What is all the fuss about?

Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler present the basics, with an overview of each Doctor’s era and recommended stories to try, delivering the essential information that you need to know, your introduction to a television legend. It is the perfect beginners’ guide for anyone wondering where to start, and equally suited to the die-hard fan who wants be reminded of and relive the very best bits all over again.

Will Hadcroft watched Doctor Who avidly from the age of seven and became rather obsessed with it throughout the 1980s. He fantasized about being a writer like Doctor Who scribe Terrance Dicks. He is the author of the Anne Droyd children’s books, the young adult novel The Blueprint, and the Mia series for younger children. His autobiography, The Feeling’s Unmutual, was endorsed by Tripods trilogy author John Christopher and the Sixth Doctor himself, Colin Baker. Along with his writing, Will also runs FBS Publishing Ltd with Theresa Cutts.

Ian Wheeler has contributed to books about Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 and has written widely about cult television. He was Coordinator of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society from 2001 to 2007 and has spoken about the series on television and radio. He has written for publications as diverse as the Financial Times, Best of British, Dreamwatch Bulletin, Comics International, CSO, Celestial Toyroom, TARDIS and Odeon Cinema Magazine. In 2008, he won the Harrogate Advertiser Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival competition.

What’s All the Fuss About…? An Introduction to Doctor Who: An Unofficial Doctor Who Companion is due to be published on 5 March 2015 and is now available for pre-order from the FBS Publishing website. All copies supplied by the publisher will be signed by the authors.

Jeremy Briggs

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