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Sunday, 4 March 2001 - Reported by Marcus
Compiled by:
Shaun Lyon
Doctor Who Novellas: As announced at the Gallifrey 2001 convention, Telos Publishing, owned by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker ("The Handbooks") is launching a new range of Doctor Who hardcover novellas officially sanctioned by the BBC. Autumn 2001 is the touted approximate date for the launch of the range. "This is the first time that original Doctor Who fiction has ever been published in this well-recognised and popular literary format," says the press release, "tales of between 20 and 40 thousand words in length, part-way between short stories and novels, with all the advantages and none of the disadvantages of those two more familiar forms." Each novella in the range will be available both as a standard hardback and as a limited edition collectors' item featuring a leather-effect (balacron) hardback binding, foil stamped on both cover and spine, matching endpapers, a foreword, a full color art plate frontispiece and a numbered sheet signed by the author, foreword author and artist. The authors and artists contributing to the range will all be familiar and highly-regarded names, says Telos, some from the mainstream horror, fantasy and science-fiction world, some from Doctor Who publishing. No unsolicited submissions are being considered at this time. The books will be released quarterly. The deluxe editions are said to be potentially retailed at 25 to Ј30 (the regular price being substantially cheaper); Telos will offer a subscription service; and dealers worldwide will carry them including in the US, Canada and Australia. The novellas will be published under BBC Worldwide license, and edited by David Howe (general editor and publisher) and Stephen James Walker (line editor). More information can be gathered at the official website at or by mail to Telos Publishing Ltd, 61 Elgar Avenue, Tolworth, Surrey, KT5 9JP, England.

Howe's Transcendental Toybox - The Unofficial Guide to Who Merchandise: Co-authors David J. Howe and Arnold T. Blumberg have edited this "complete collector's guide to everything that has ever been produced to tie in with the series. From hardback books, trading cards and chocolate Christmas tree decorations, to stained glass windows, underpants and metal models, this book is a fascinating and enthralling look at the world wide history, development and collectability of Doctor Who merchandise. This is the first and only reference and price guide to the entire history of Doctor Who memorabilia from 1963 to 1999. It will catalogue every kind of merchandise produced in that period, provide photos for many of the items listed, and discuss many aspects of the show's long history in light of the vast amount of collectible material produced about it. The book will document the history of the world's longest-running science fiction television show from the perspective of the marketing and merchandising juggernaut that the series spawned. Anyone who is a Doctor Who fan, science fiction enthusiast, armchair television historian, or collector of pop culture memorabilia will be fascinated by this book and the story it has to tell." The book will also feature articles on collecting, dealers, retailers and a variety of other directories. Demand for the book has been far higher than anticipated; the first edition is now sold out. There is a reprinted version now available from Telos Publishing. For more info, visit the new website

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