The award-winning Black Archive series of Doctor Who monographs has appointed Paul Driscoll as a new editor, and will move to a bi-monthly schedule.
Since its launch in early 2016, The Black Archive from Obverse Books has established itself as a key critical work on the history of televised Doctor Who. Responding to reader feedback, the series moved to a monthly schedule in 2018, and is now approaching its 50th title. However, while the books remain hugely popular and widely praised, the volume of work required to keep up the high standards for a new book every four weeks is massive. As a result, the editorial team, who all have day jobs and other creative projects, has found their time constricted to a painful degree.
Consequently, the books will revert back to their original bi-monthly schedule after Archive #50.
Paul Driscoll, meanwhile, will join Stuart Douglas, Phil Purser-Hallard, and Paul Simpson as a new range editor.
Driscoll is the co-founder of Altrix Books, and has written two well received Black Archives plus a Silver Archive.
Stuart Douglas, publisher of the Black Archive, said:
“It’s been a bit of a high wire act publishing a Black Archive every month – both exciting and hugely satisfying as we released a new, high quality book every few weeks – but now, as we head into our second set of 50 Archives, seemed a good point to free up some time for the editorial team to work on their many other projects. Paul Driscoll was the only person we considered when we decided we also wanted to bring another editor on board. The various Archives he has written have all been of the very highest quality, and his editorial experience with Altrix will undoubtedly prove invaluable. We’re all looking forward very much to putting together the next half century of Black Archives!”
The Black Archive #50: The Day of the Doctor by Alasdair Stuart will be out in December 2020. You can buy all previous Archives from Obverse, including tomes dedicated to Marco Polo, The Awakening, Rose, Face the Raven, and The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang – the latter written by yours truly!