Out Now: The Essential Doctor Who – Science and Technology

From the makers of Doctor Who Magazine comes the latest Who bookazine, The Essential Doctor Who: Science and Technology.

In case you’re unaware of what bookazines are, these are lavish titles generally thicker (and by extension, more expensive) tomes than magazines. The Essential Doctor Who range launched shortly after the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013, and each issue shines a light on parts of Doctor Who perhaps otherwise ignored. And this latest release looks at the amazing notions our favourite show plays with on a regular basis.

Ever since the TARDIS was first revealed in An Unearthly Child (1963), Doctor Who has presented a bewildering array of alien technology and gadgetry. Human scientific knowledge can do nothing to explain the mysteries of the astonishing devices and phenomena that the Doctor takes for granted.

This the first publication devoted to the incredible ideas that the series has made its own. Highlights include a comprehensive guide to the sonic screwdriver, the secrets of the Time Lords, and the weaponry of the Doctor’s most dangerous enemies.

Editor, Marcus Hearn says:

“There have been a number of books and other studies looking at how conventional physics relates to Doctor Who. With this bookazine we’ve tried to do something different – this issue celebrates six decades of pseudo-science. It’s packed full of the numerous gadgets, weapons, vehicles and other devices that have been specially created for the series. We’ve never done anything quite like it!”

And we love the cover, which features the Tenth Doctor from Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead (2008) surrounded by fantastic tech, like Starship UK (from The Bast Below), the Ice Tombs of Telos (The Tomb of the Cybermen), and the half-open Confession Dial from Heaven Sent.

The Essential Doctor Who: Science and Technology is on sale now in all good newsagents (and probably a few bad ones too), priced £9.99.