Out Now: The Essential Doctor Who – Adventures in History

The latest special edition bookazine from Panini, The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in History, is out now and focuses on the Doctor’s exploits in Earth’s past.

Editor, Marcus Hearn said:

“History in Doctor Who is about much more than the purely historical stories that were made in the 1960s. We decided to follow the Doctor’s entire journey through Earth history, with some of our best writers and designer Peri Godbold as our guides. We’ve never done anything quite like this before, and some of the rare pictures we’ve uncovered are amazing.”

Made by the folk who give us Doctor Who Magazine, this 116-page magazine includes extensive interviews with a whole array of Doctor Who actors, writers, editors, and designers from both Classic and new Who. These include:

  • Artist, Jeff Cummins (Doctor Who Discovers)
  • Story editor, Gerry Davis (The Highlanders)
  • Actor, Bernard Kay (The Crusade)
  • Costume designer, Odile Dicks-Mireaux (The Visitation)
  • Writer, John Lucarotti (Marco Polo; The Aztecs)
  • Writer, Jamie Mathieson (The Girl Who Died)
  • Actor, Ian McNeice (Winston Churchill in, amongst other tales, Victory of the Daleks)
  • Director, Saul Metzstein (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship)
  • Writer, Marc Platt (Ghost Light)
  • Story editor, Donald Tosh (The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve)
  • Artist, George Underwood (The Doctor Who Dinosaur Book)
  • Actress, Anneke Wills, who played Polly Wright from The War Machines to The Faceless Ones.

Plus, walking-talking Doctor Who encyclopedia, Andrew Pixley shares Donald Cotton’s notes for the missing serial, The Myth Makers (1965).

And to top all that off, there are also numerous timelines that chart the Doctor’s adventures from the creation of the Earth through to 1963, and 15 trips into history are revisited, from the era of the First Doctor, who arrives on Earth with his granddaughter Susan, right through to current age of the Twelfth Doctor, who was recently seen in a diner in Nevada.

The Essential Doctor Who #8: Adventures in History is on sale now at all good newsagents, price £9.99. As it’s a bookazine, you might have to wait a little longer for stock to trickle into stories, however.