Unofficial Doctor Who Television Companion Republished

The Television Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to "Doctor Who"The acclaimed Doctor Who reference book The Television Companion is being reissued next year by Telos Publishing.

Rather than being a straight reprint authors David J Howe and Stephen James Walker intend to rework some of the material from the Virgin Doctor Who Handbooks into the reprint with the aim of making it the definitive guide to the TV series. It will also have some material reinstated that did not make it into the BBC Books edition.

The unofficial and unauthorised Telos edition will retail for £15 in A5 paperback, and will be available from May 2003. There will also be a limited edition hardback, numbered and signed by the authors available.

Meanwhile, Telso have also announced their licence to publish Doctor Who novellas will cease in 2004, as BBC Worldwide have declined a request to extend the license for the books beyond that date.

“We are shocked and of course deeply saddened by BBC Worldwide’s decision,” commented David Howe of Telos, “which we know will greatly disappoint the thousands of regular readers of the Doctor Who Novellas. However, having discussed this with BBC Worldwide, we are resigned to the fact that there is nothing we can do to persuade them to change their minds.”

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