BBC Worldwide has issued a press release for the forthcoming book Doctor Who: The Legend by Justin Richards, due out November 13. We've covered this book's release in the past, but this provides some interesting details about the book and its contents. Of note is the comment "special celebration planned on air during the anniversary weekend" on UK Gold. We'll keep you posted. (Thanks to Stuart Ian Burns and BBC Worldwide)
DOCTOR WHO: THE LEGEND
Doctor Who epic explores four decades of TV history
What is uniquely British, has its origins in the white heat of the technological revolution of the 1960s, features the most intriguing small screen characters ever to travel through space and time, and celebrates its 40th birthday on November 23, 2003?
It can only be Doctor Who. Last seen on terrestrial television in its original series format in 1989, Doctor Who is still shown twice weekly on UK Gold* and is known and celebrated around the world. To mark the Doctor's forty fantastical years of tea-time travel, on November 13th 2003, BBC Books is publishing Doctor Who: The Legend, a large format lavishly illustrated book that stretches to an amazing 400 beautifully designed pages.
At ú40.00, this epic publication chronicles every one of the 158 television stories, which ran to nearly 700 individual episodes. Each story entry includes a summary of events, new facts about the characters and fascinating behind-the-scenes information. Stunningly illustrated with 500 full colour and black and white photographs, including previously unseen pictures from archives and private collections, this book is a must-have - not only for die-hard Doctor Who fans but for anyone who has a fondness for the show. As well as providing a unique overview of the series, Doctor Who: The Legend includes features on the make-up, special effects, Radiophonic Workshop, and many other behind-the-scenes secrets that have contributed to the massive success of Doctor Who.
The author Justin Richards met the second Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton, on a visit to the set in 1968 when he was only eight years old. Since then he has built up an encyclopaedic knowledge of the series and is now the BBC Books Doctor Who range consultant. He has written numerous Who-related novels, articles and audio plays, and this summer publishes the first of a new series of children's books, The Invisible Detective (Simon & Schuster).
Publication date: 13th November 2003 Price: ú40.00 ISBN: 0563 486023
* Special celebration planned on air during the anniversary weekend.