BBC Books have unveiled the first official Doctor Who book for the new era, Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived.
Featuring “inspiring tales” of the women of Doctor Who, the book, described as a “beautifully illustrated collection of stories about the remarkable women” is written by former The Doctor Who Show presenter Christel Dee (Doctor Who: Paper Dolls) and writer Simon Guerrier (Whographica).
According to The Bookseller, the book contains more than 75 stories of women of the show, both real and imagined – from historical figures such as Agatha Christie and Queen Victoria to fan favourites like Bill Potts and River Song – each woman has made a unique contribution to the world of Doctor Who.
Illustrated throughout with specially-commissioned artwork by a team of female artists – including Gwen Burns, Valentina Mozzo, Sonia Leong, and more – the book also features new companion Yasmin, and an extended entry on the Doctor.
Co-writer Christel Dee said:
“With Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor arriving this autumn, we thought this would be the perfect time to reflect upon the wealth of incredible female characters from Doctor Who’s 55-year history – because there are so many! We hope the stories in this book will inspire a whole new generation of fans and existing fans too.”
Albert DePetrillo, BBC Books publishing director, said:
“We thought long and hard about which book would start our publishing programme for Jodie Whittaker’s first series of Doctor Who – and Christel and Simon’s book is the perfect choice. It’s bold and fresh in its approach, it makes a strong statement, it’s beautifully written, and stunning in its design.
“It represents everything we love about Doctor Who, and we couldn’t be happier to be publishing The Women Who Lived on the BBC Books list.”
Fellow writer Simon Guerrier added:
“We hope this offers a fresh perspective on the history of Doctor Who, a chance to celebrate the richness of past episodes as well as looking forward to the series’ exciting future. I thought I knew Doctor Who backwards, but we discovered loads of new things in our research for the book.”
Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived is available to pre-order now for release on 27th September in hardback, priced £16.99 from Amazon.