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Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, here is an in-depth look at the world’s longest-running and most successful science fiction show.

Airing the day after JFK’s assassination, the first episode, “An Unearthly Child,” humbly launched one of the entertainment world’s first super-brands. We begin with a look at the programming of the day and the original pitch documents for this family show before delving into the Daleks, which almost didn’t make the cut. After three years, first Doctor William Hartnell left, prompting the BBC to recast their hit rather than ending it, giving us the first “regeneration” and making television history. We follow the succession of doctors—including third Doctor Jon Pertwee, exiled to Earth with his Moriarty in The Master—and see how the program reflected the feminism of the 1970s while gaining mainstream popularity with fourth Doctor Tom Baker … until declining support from the BBC led to cancelation. Yet millions worldwide continued to enjoy the Whoniverse in syndication, novels, audio dramas, comics, and Doctor Who Magazine.

A new age dawned in 2005 with ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and a serious special effects budget. Tenth Doctor David Tennant helped rocket the series back to international popularity and a new era of spinoffs. With Matt Smith as eleventh Doctor, the show has become a success here in America, where it was long considered just a cult classic.

Featuring discussions of the show’s concepts and characters and interviews and insights from producers, writers, and actors from across the years; current and former editors and writers of Doctor Who Magazine; and the titular heroes themselves, here is a rich, behind-the-camera investigation into the dazzling multiverse of Doctor Who.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who.”

    Steven Spielberg

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