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The Handbook: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Production of Doctor Who (Dr Who Telos) Hardcover – Special Edition, Mar 2005

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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd; Limited signed edition edition (Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903889960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903889961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,203,720 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)

Product Description


A guide to the making of "Doctor Who" (1963 - 1996).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 15 May 2008
Format: Paperback
This handy edition combines all the information about the original series of Doctor Who (1963-89,plus the 1996 TVM) into one handy paperback. The book is a compilation of all the "Handbooks" previously published, which covered the series by Doctor (First,Fourth, Fifth, etc.). There's some fascinating material about how the series was made, interviews with the lead actors (Pertwee,Baker,Davison, etc.)information of the show's mythology(Time Lords, Daleks,Sontarans), merchandise, broadcast info, etc.

Fans with a strong interest in the "Classic" Series of Doctor Who
will find indispensable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not complete. Abridged! 28 Jan. 2010
By Aaron - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a happy owner of all of the original Doctor Who Handbooks written by Howe, Stammers, and Walker. These books are fantastic, filled with interesting stories of the character of the Doctor, the actors who played him, and the production of the stories. I have devoured these handbooks over the years, and each one of the 7 that I own (one for each of the original Doctors) is falling apart, faded, and dog-eared. They have been well-loved.

Imagine my delight then on learning that the 7 handbooks, long out of print, had been collected in a single volume. "Finally," I said, "I can retire my original copies and read instead from this massive tome! And look, it has been updated!" So I orderd this book, and eagerly awaited it's arrival.

So my disappointment was supreme yesterday when it arrived, and I settled down to reacquaint myself with the great Handbook series, and I discovered that this is NOT a complete collection of the Handbooks, despite what the cover print may claim. Rather, this is a collection that composes about 2/3s of each handbook, leaving out the truly excellent episode listings. These listings consisted of a good summary (essential for some of the episodes which no longer exist), as well as information on their novelizations, and on their various video releases. There was info on the budgets of the episodes, and interesting trivia related to their production. The authors would review the episodes, and provide their opinions. NONE of these episode guides have made it into the book.

So, my opinion on this book? The content that is in there is excellent, but it is incomplete. I am disappointed in the misleading description of this book (which is not cheap), which claims that it is a collection of the Handbooks, for it certainly is not.

I guess I'll be sending this one back for a refund, and I'll keep refering to my old dog-eared copies for the foreseeable future.
Dr. Who Handbook 9 July 2013
By Dr. Rob - Published on
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I bought his book as a gift for my sister who is a fan of the Dr. Who television series.

She absolutely thinks this book is thorough and answers many questions about the actors, the storylines, the sets, the crew, and behind the scenes information.

She says it is well put together and worth it for any Dr. Who fans.
Good book for the hard core Whoovian 7 Feb. 2014
By William Jergensen - Published on
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This book presents the background on the Dr Who episodes. It is full of interesting facts IF you are a hard core fan of DR Who. It is not for the casual DR. Who reader.
excellent 17 Feb. 2013
By Lori - Published on
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A must for all the Dr Who fans!! Would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves Dr Who and wants to know more.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Long 3 Feb. 2011
By Kevin - Published on
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This is rather a large book. It took many sittings and does not cover all of the Doctors. However, if your favorite Doctor was on TV between 1963 and 1996, this is the book for you. I fear the new crowd would be bored by a book like this, but I would say just avoid this unless you Doctor is in here.
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