on 2 December 1998
This book is a must for any Doctor Who fan. From the inception of the show in April 1962 to the end of October 1966, this book looks at the William Hartnell era. These handbooks are really good. I've only seen these stories recently, but the book brings back the memories of them. It even thoroughly helps out on the missing episodes that can't be seen, by summarising these stories. So you get a sense of how it might've been like to have seen them. The attention to production details is excellent. You learn about interesting facts about the episodes: budgets, originally intended actors, location and studio recordings, original titles, original direction of some stories, etc. The book is divided into 8 chapters: William Hartnell stuff, the Doctor, the stories, establishing the myth, production diary, a focus on the making of the classic story "The Ark", selling the doctor. The First Doctor Handbook is a great reference source of information on Doctor Who's early years. These handbooks are all great, but the fact is that the first doctor handbook was actually the third one made in the series, published in 1994. Highly recommended.
on 11 July 2006
a brilliantly written and detailed reference book on the first doctor william hartnell. full of interesting facts about the individual stories ( they make up the bulk of the book ), the actors, a profile of hartnell including various quotes from him and his fellow co-stars, producer and the t.v crew.
this was actually the third in the series of handbooks to be published; the first was dedicated to tom baker.
none of the handbooks are particularly easy to find, so make sure you buy a good quality copy. enjoy!