Obverse Books Announces New Black Archive Editor, Reveals 2020/21 Schedule

The first six titles in 2021 for Obverse Books’ Black Archive range have been announced, alongside news of the appointment of a new editor, Paul Driscoll, known for previous instalments in the series on The God Complex and Doctor Who (1996), not to mention the fiction imprint, Altrix Books.

The Black Archive is Obverse Books’ series of critical monographs about individual Doctor Who stories, with stories featuring every single incarnation of the Doctor already covered. Driscoll joins Philip Purser-Hallard and Paul Simpson as joint editor of the series. He begins his work this year, on books to be published from 2021 onwards.

So what are those 2021 titles?

Paul himself will examine the much-loved Eleventh Doctor episode, Vincent and the Doctor, while long-serving Black Archivists Jon Arnold and Simon Bucher-Jones look respectively at 1970s staples, Invasion of the Dinosaurs and The Hand of Fear.

New authors Andrew Orton and Billy Seguire will be writing on 1976’s The Deadly Assassin and 2005’s Dalek respectively. Theologian James F McGrath, editor of the academic essay collections Religion in Science Fiction and Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith, will be exploring the Thirteenth Doctor’s first series finale, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.

The rest of 2021 will bring further releases, some of which will particularly please fans of the Fifth Doctor, who so far has been rather underrepresented in the range.

In other news, while the catalogue of titles for 2020 remains the same, unforeseen circumstances behind the scenes mean that two forthcoming Black Archives will be delayed. James Cooray Smith’s book on The Underwater Menace and Jonathan Dennis’ on Vengeance on Varos will now be published in April 2020, alongside William Shaw’s Black Archive on The Rings of Akhaten.

My own book, covering the Eleventh Doctor epic, The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, is scheduled for June 2020, the first anniversary of its original transmission, and covers how fairytales form a key component of Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who, the end and beginning of the universe, and paradoxes.

Here’s how the schedule currently looks:

  • January 2020 – The Black Archive #39: The Silurians by Robert Smith?
  • April 2020 – The Black Archive #40: The Underwater Menace by James Cooray Smith
  • April 2020 – The Black Archive #41: Vengeance on Varos by Jonathan Dennis
  • April 2020 – The Black Archive #42: The Rings of Akhaten by William Shaw
  • May 2020 – The Black Archive #43: The Robots of Death by Fiona Moore
  • June 2020 – The Black Archive #44: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang by Philip Bates
  • July 2020 – The Black Archive #45: The Unquiet Dead by Erin Horáková
  • August 2020 – The Black Archive #46: The Awakening by David Evans-Powell
  • September 2020 – The Black Archive #47: The Stones of Blood by Katrin Thier
  • October 2020 – The Black Archive #48: The Tenth Planet by Michael Seely
  • November 2020 – The Black Archive #49: Arachnids in the UK by Sam Maleski
  • December 2020 – The Black Archive #50: The Day of the Doctor by Alasdair Stuart
  • December 2020 – The Black Archive #50A: The Night of the Doctor by James Cooray Smith
  • January 2021 – The Black Archive #51: The Deadly Assassin by Andrew Orton
  • February 2021 – The Black Archive #52: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos by James F McGrath
  • March 2021 – The Black Archive #53: The Hand of Fear by Simon Bucher-Jones
  • April 2021 – The Black Archive #54: Dalek by Billy Seguire
  • May 2021 – The Black Archive #55: Invasion of the Dinosaurs by Jon Arnold
  • June 2021 – The Black Archive #56: Vincent and the Doctor by Paul Driscoll

You can order all previous volumes of The Black Archive from Obverse Books now!