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Doctor Who: The Eighties (Dr Who) Hardcover – 3 Oct 1996

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Publishing; Television tie-in edition edition (3 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852276800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852276805
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 24.8 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,870 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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A complete overview of this pivotal period in the history of the "Doctor Who" series. By 1980, "Doctor Who" was at its peak and the change from Tom Baker to Peter Davison did the programme no harm. However, the decade also saw the controversy of the Colin Baker wilderness years before Sylvester McCoy brought the character back to life. This book reveals unknown facts about the actors, the technical crew and the public reaction to the changes that were taking place.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
The third/final volume in the "Decades" series of books on Doctor Who. This book does not disappoint. It reveals information on the closing of the 4rth Doctor's era to the transition to the 5th, 6th, and 7th Doctor era's respectfully. It gives detail to the BBC's decreased interest in the series by the mid 1980's. The result of which caused the 18 month haitus (or near cancellation), the reduction of episodes produced per season, BBC's crude fallout on Colin Baker, decrease in viewers and the quiet end the series had with the "Survival" story. All this was supposedly the most silent era of Dr Who as the BBC's own TV magazine RadioTimes didn't really cover the show on its issues or covers anymore (not since the 1983 story "The Five Doctors"). The outrage of parents and TV critics on the level of violence during the Colin Baker era. But its not just about the show, it also covers the K9 spinoff, and the series' loyal fans' growth, The Ultimate Adventure stage play and merchandise. If you've read the Dr Who Handbook series, then you'll want to read this as well. All by the same authors who've defined themselves as the definitive historians on Dr Who.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 April 2014
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Doctor Who: The Eighties.
192 pages, Paperback edition.

Authors David J.Howe, Mark Stammers & Stephen James Walker deliver there third & final book focusing on Doctor Who's most turbulent era The Eighties which sees the longest serving Doctor actor Tom Baker leave the series after seven year's while flamboyant new producer John Nathan Turner came on-board & went on to become the shows longest serving producer for a record nine year's.

Peter Davisons energetic charming Fifth incarnation seen the show switch from Saturday evening's to a twice weekly slot on Mondays & Tuesdays as Davisons incarnation of the Doctor increased the viewing figures & celebrated the shows 20th Anniversary in 1983 with The Five Doctors.

Davisons departure in 1984 led to Colin Baker taking up the mantle as the Sixth Doctor who's aggressive bombastic arrogant unstable incarnation alienated viewers & came under wraps for the increasing use of violence as BBC Controller Michael Grade & Jonathan Powell attempted to try & cancel the series but in the end due to fan pressure put Doctor Who on a 18 month hiatus.

Colin Baker returned in 1986 with the 14 part Trial Of A Timelord yet little did he actor know he was on trial himself & shockingly was fired from playing the Doctor hortly after Trials conclusion announcing a new series with a new Doctor & actor Colin Baker refusing to return next season to do a regeneration story.

Sylvester McCoy takes up the Doctor's Seventh incarnation who's first season is deemed the worst in the shows history while season 25-26 seen McCoy reimagine his Doctor's personality making his incarnation darker, Mysterious & more manipulative.
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By Martin Y on 3 Dec. 2014
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It was just what I wanted
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
THE END OF TIME 10 Sept. 1999
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This is the thrid and final book in a often detailed and sometime glossy overview of the last decade of the Doctor - the 1980's. The book chronicles the end of Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor and the rise of Peter Davidson as the 5th and the decline and fall of the series with Colin Baker (who in my book was never given the chance or the material to really shine) and Sylvester McCoy. The books gives behind the scenes details into the stories, the people, public intrest (and sometimes disinterest), as well as ending chapters on all the merchandise (with layouts and cool pictures) produced during the 1980's. As a whole the entire collection is a must for every Doctor Who fan, on it's own, the material is solid, well written and worth the price. The only downside perhaps is that the material can get a bit thin in places, and sometimes leaving wanting to know more. But this is not very often. Pick up the 1960's first to really get the full effect.
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