100 Objects of Dr Who, written by me, is out now from Candy Jar Books.
The tome includes new and archive interviews with Christopher Eccleston, aka the Ninth Doctor; Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith; Cutaway Comics’ Gareth Kavanagh; Turlough actor, Mark Strickson; Nick Abadzis, writer of Titan Comics’ The Tenth Doctor; and more.
Here’s the blurb:
“So, all of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will: where do you want to start…?”
100 Objects of Dr Who is a celebration of everyone’s favourite sci-fi show. Perfect for fans, no matter your mileage – whether you’ve just started your journey through all of time and space, or have lived through the highs, the lows, the Wildernesses, the Androzanis, and the Twin Dilemmas.
Inside, you’ll find: A terrifying army of three Daleks! Death’s Head’s head! A really quite astonishingly heavy door! Dinosaur fossils! A framed piece of wall!
And much, much more!
This is a book about Doctor Who. But probably not the one you’re expecting.
It’s been a huge project, summing up Doctor Who in 100 objects — that sounds like a lot, but in it, I wanted to cover as much as I possibly could, from the details you’d expect (the genesis of the show, changing leads, anniversary celebrations, producers, its revival, etc.) to the stuff other books generally don’t include, like:
- How many people have played the First Doctor?
- How colour television was adopted by the masses.
- Curious uses for the sonic screwdriver.
- The hierarchy of the Daleks and Cybermen.
- Our fear of radiation.
- Anthony Ainley’s final Masterly performance.
- Greek mythology in Doctor Who.
- When audiences were given sneak previews of upcoming stories, like The Five Doctors Target novel, and Martha Jones’ first appearance — in a book by Terrance Dicks!
- Was Mary Whitehouse right?
- Agatha Christie and Doctor Who.
- Which companions have never met the Daleks?
- The fire at Longleat.
- Scream of the Shalka.
- Monster makers.
- Spin-off series, including some that never got off the ground.
- The Weeping Angels.
- Casting announcements.
- The origins of the “never cruel or cowardly” mantra.
- Doctor Who‘s impact on Cardiff.
- Live events.
Candy Jar’s Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, says:
“100 Objects is a fascinating adventure through Doctor Who history. It is a wildly original take, which reads almost like a ‘make your own adventure’. The addition of exclusive material from Christopher Eccleston makes it an indispensable tour of the timey-wimey history of Doctor Who.”
It was a lot of fun to write and I sincerely hope it’s fun to read too.
100 Objects of Dr Who is available to order now exclusively from Candy Jar. It’ll be available through standard retail stores at a later date (hopefully when the threat of Coronavirus has eased).