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Doctor Who: A Book of Monsters Hardcover – 6 Oct 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 118 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (6 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405627
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David J Howe has been involved with Doctor Who research and writing for over thirty years. He has been consultant to a large number of publishers and manufacturers for their Doctor Who lines, and is author or co-author of over thirty factual titles associated with the show. He also has one of the largest collections of Doctor Who merchandise in the world.

David was contributing editor to Starburst Magazine for seventeen years from 1984 - 2001. Since 1994 he was book reviews editor for Shivers Magazine until it ceased publication in 2008. In addition he has written articles, interviews and reviews for a wide number of publications, including Fear, Dreamwatch, Infinity, Stage and Television Today, The Dark Side, Doctor Who Magazine, The Guardian, Film Review, SFX, Sci-Fi Entertainment, Collectors' Gazette, Deathray and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

He edited the bi-monthly newsletter of the British Fantasy Society from 1992 to 1995, and also edited and published several books for them, including the British and World Fantasy Award shortlisted Manitou Man, a limited edition hardback and paperback collection of short fiction by horror author Graham Masterton. He was Chair of the BFS from 2010 to 2011, and edited their fortieth anniversary anthology, Full Fathom Forty, published in September 2011.

He wrote the book Reflections: The Fantasy Art of Stephen Bradbury for Dragon's World Publishers and has contributed short fiction to Peeping Tom, Dark Asylum, Decalog, Dark Horizons, Kimota, Perfect Timing, Perfect Timing II, Missing Pieces, Shrouded by Darkness and Murky Depths, and factual articles to James Herbert: By Horror Haunted and The Radio Times Guide to Science Fiction. He wrote the screenplay for Daemos Rising, a film released on DVD by Reeltime Pictures in 2004. A book of his fiction, talespinning, appeared from Telos Publishing in September 2011.

He is Editorial Director of Telos Publishing Ltd, a UK based independent press specialising in horror/science fiction Novellas, crime novels, and guides to a variety of film and TV shows. In 2006 the company won the World Fantasy Award for their publishing work, and in 2010 celebrated their tenth anniversary while also receiving the British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press in 2010 and 2011. He writes about Doctor Who merchandise for Doctor Who Insider magazine, and contributes liner notes for BBC Audio's range of Doctor Who novelisation CDs.

NOTE: Unfortunately Amazon is unable to list some of the books that I have edited because they cannot find evidence that I did this. So some of the BFS published ones won't show on my listing. The ones that this affects are:

Clive Barker: Mythmaker for the Millennium (by Suzanne J Barbieri)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luke73 on 17 Nov. 2013
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After exploring the recent 50th Anniversary books, which were mainly lack lustre, I purchase this book published in 1997. A book by David J Howe. And what a brilliant read and look at some mainly fascinating photos which I've never seen before, no not even on the DVD release photo galleries of certain stories like 'Frontier In Space' and 'Day Of The Daleks'.

The book categorises the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties with popular aliens/creatures from that era. Each Alien are on at least two pages, displayed in a foray of photos of b/w & colour. The pictures of the aliens used are some great photographic shots from that story, for example a rare colour photo from Patrick Troughton's adventure 'The Ice Warriors'. Or even Jon Pertwee's story 'Dr Who and The Silurians'. And then there's a separate category for Davros & The Daleks with some terrific photos. The book then concludes with an A to Z of virtually every classic Dr Who Alien/Creature comprehensively giving which story(s) they appear and the names of ALL the actors who played them. Yes that's right all the actors! There's usually a photo for each Alien. This is an extremely informative read.

This was an excellent publication by BBC Books in 1997 by David J. Howe, who usually as a fan of the series does his research, which shows. The book is now out of print, but I bought it really really cheap on this Amazon website.

If you like classic Dr Who and don't like modern publications which the way they feature the classic series, this book is highly recommended. Another brilliant book recommended by David J. Howe is TIMEFRAME, a 30th Anniversary celebration of DR WHO.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Marriott on 14 Feb. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book traces how many of the famous and memorable monsters were dreamed up by the script editors and designers, and their impact on the public. If like me you are interested in "behind the scenes" Dr Who then this book is for you. The level of detail is sufficient to give insight without being (in general) boring. Fully recomended.
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Format: Hardcover
I've owned this book since it was first published in 1997 and it's a treasured possession.
Its an easy to read history about how the creatures that populate the Whoniverse were conceived and brought to the screen. The book has a wealth of photos and artwork from behind-the-scenes of Doctor Who production.
There are chapters on each decade of production and chapters on his major foes: the Daleks and Davros, the Cybermen, the Ice Warriors, the Sontarans and the Haemovores (not a recurring enemy but interesting nonetheless).
The last part of the book lists the majority of the monsters and aliens encountered on the Doctor's travels (from Aggedor to the Zygons) with brief descriptions. The creators and actors are also credited.
There is now a Kindle version: Doctor Who Monsters: A Classic Series Bestiary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "meddle_ben" on 25 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is essential for any fan of the show. Not only does it tell us the facts about the villans, it shows us some behind the scene stories and scripts that were never used. All it needed was more pictures!
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By Andrew50 on 9 Nov. 2012
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A wonderful illustration of the monsters and villians that have terrorised the Doctor from the start to finish of the classic series. Interviews with the cast and crew, details of the stories that involved the aliens and a dictionary at the back of the book. A great informative guide with stunning photos, a must for any Dr.Who fan.
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