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11/21/2013 10:02:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Obverse Books have announced a new book for 2014 which will explore the alternative worlds of the Doctor as depicted in what would become the staple Christmas present for Doctor Who fans for some two decades - the original Doctor Who Annual, as released by World Distribution between 1965 and 1986.

The Annual Years has been written by Paul Magrs, and features illustrations from Adam Bullock; it is due to be published in 2014.

"These extraordinary books are like weird, grotesque shadow-versions of the Show we recognise. They are mutations haunting the wilderness between the domed, protected cities of Canonicity. The world of the Annuals is odder, darker, madder, more psychedelic and surreal. These are adventures in a wilder, destabilized universe. The cosiness of what we recognise as Doctor Who has gone."
Paul Magrs, from the Introduction


Continuing our recent tradition of doing Doctor Who non-fiction titles, next year will see Obverse Books publish, in hardback, The Annual Years, a serious and detailed look at that most maligned of Doctor Who storytelling, the World Distribution annuals.

From 1965 to 1986, from William Hartnell to Colin Baker, the annuals were weird and witty and wonderful, a big brother to TV Comic and second cousin to Doctor Who Discovers... - and they all the more beloved by us because of that.

With cover art and internal illustrations by Adam Bullock, and commentary on every single story from Paul Magrs, author of Doctor Who fiction for Big Finish, the BBC and AudioGo, this is the celebration that the annuals have long been overdue!
(with thanks to Stuart Douglas)