Some British retailers may be getting Doctor Who exhaustion right now given the number of different titles based on the show now available – but that hasn’t stopped Panini from launching what is surely one of its most ambitious tie-ins yet today: Doctor Who: The Complete History, in partnership with Hatchette.
A part work title, which have had a good deal of success with Doctor Who related releases, this 80-issue series was road tested earlier this year and clearly had a strong enough reception in its “test areas” and with “test subscribers” to go to full production.
Doctor Who: The Complete History Book Collection, which will be released fortnightly every Wednesday, and is only, for now, being distributed in the UK and Eire, takes you behind the scenes of the world’s longest running science fiction series. From William Hartnell’s debut as the First Doctor in 1963, right up to Peter Capaldi’s adventures as the Twelfth Doctor, you’ll discover how each story was brought to the TV screen. You can relive your favourite adventures and discover the ones you’ve yet to see.
Each issue offers a specially written introduction for each Doctor Who story featured, highlighting the contributions that each one has made to the mythology of the series; a full, episode-by-episode synopsis of every story, including quotes from the characters and illustrated with images from the TV broadcast; a detailed account of the production process, from scripts, through casting, rehearsals, location filming, studio recordings and editing and music.; information on how each story was promoted in the papers, on TV, in magazines such as Radio Times, and by personal appearances from the cast and production team; details of when and where each story was originally shown, along with viewer ratings, plus the reaction from the newspaper critics; a complete listing of each story’s cast members and the characters they played, including those not credited on screen, along with the production personnel; a biography of a key crew member, actor or author for each story; and a guide to the “extended life” of each story and its characters, featuring in reference books, full-length novels, video games, DVDs, gadgets, action figures, and toys.
The Collection, brought to fans by the same team who work on Panini’s Essential Doctor Who series (including Andrew Pixley and Marcus Hearn, to name but two) aims to build up the ultimate Doctor Who reference collection, featuring over 250 adventures with all 12 Doctors.
The spine of each individual book is colour-coded by Doctor and has a unique volume number. Doctor Who – The Complete History builds to form the complete chronological history of Doctor Who. Each book is given in a specially chosen order to reflect the variety and breadth of the series.
Part works rely on firm orders and subscriptions as part of their business model so once the first four issues have been released, you may not see the title on the shelves of your local WH Smiths. You can ask your newsagent to place a regular order for you so you can pick up your issues from them, or alternatively you can subscribe here and receive issues straight to your door. If you start your subscription from issues 1-4 you’ll also receive free gifts.
With your first delivery (for people starting with issues 1, 2, 3 and 4), you will receive three issues (one free), with your Doctor Who Travel Mug and free Doctor Who Wallet.Thereafter you will receive two issues packed together every four weeks at a price of £9.99 (€14.99) per issue.
Issue One comes at the special price of £1.99 (€3.99). Premium subscribers pay £2.99 (€4.99). You are free to cancel your subscription at any time. You will be able to keep your free gifts and you will not owe any money for goods not yet delivered.
• For more information on the Doctor Who: The Complete History Book Collection, check out the project’s web site at www.dwcompletehistory.com