‘The Leisure Hive’ opened Tom Baker’s final season and was the first full Doctor Who story of the 1980s.
July brings us to the Seventh Doctor in this series of anniversary audios and ‘Shockwave’ delivers the TARDIS to a planet on the literal edge of destruction.
The 23rd of November 1963 holds particular significance for Doctor Who fans as the date of its first transmission. The previous day is etched into history, far more significantly, by the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy and this globally resonant event frequently comes up when discussing the start of the show.
‘The Festival of Death’ is a highly ambitious tale for the Fourth Doctor and represents Tom Baker’s take on the Time Lord for BBC Books' 50th Anniversary Collection.
The wonderful thing about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary is the upsurge in unofficial publications.
Companions by Andy Frankham-Allen takes an in-depth look at the brave souls who have battled at the Doctor's side, endured the excitement of time travel and crucially, asked the questions on our behalf.
Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters delves into the production design of Guillermo del Toro’s epic new movie with lots of exclusive content not usually seen in a book of this type.
Written and read by voice of the Daleks and Big Finish exec Nicholas Briggs, ‘The Dalek Generation’ features the Doctor travelling solo, presumably post-Ponds and prior to ‘The Snowmen’.
Movie novelizations are strange beasts. On one hand, if you've seen the film, what would compel you to then read it? And on the other, if you haven't seen a film yet, why would you want to buy several hundred pages of entertainingly presented spoilers?
Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman is the kind of sturdy coffee table book that looks best when casually left open, brazenly revealing one of its many glorious double-page spreads of the film's pre-production artwork. Or the big photo of Henry Cavill's bare glistening torso. Hey, it's all part of the film's aesthetic appeal.
Terry Nation’s script for the ‘Planet of the Daleks’ was a slice of traditional Doctor Who even in the early 1970s.
Reliant on many of his favourite elements such as inhospitable plant life, biological weapons and people hiding in Dalek casings, it acts as a sequel to his original Dalek tale and has been accused of being little more than a rewrite. We prefer to see it as a homage to those early days of black and white adventure serials.