Thereâ€™s something for every Whovian among this monthâ€™s new non-fiction releases from Obverse Books.
The Edinburgh-based publisher is best known for printing tales of Iris Wildthyme, a renegade Time Lady spun out of Doctor Who in a collection of short stories, novels, and audio dramas.
But the company also offers an inside look at the long-running BBC program through fanzines, episode guides, personalized accounts, and more.
New this month is â€œDowntime: The Lost Years of Doctor Whoâ€œ: A 400-page volume that tells the story of the many direct-to-video broadcasts and audio adventures produced in the decades between the Seventh Doctorâ€™s final adventures in 1989 and the rebooted series in 2005.
During the interim, BBC One broadcasted only three new Doctor Who stories: the 1996 TV movie starring Eighth Doctor Paul McGann and companion Grace Holloway (Daphne Ashbrook), and two Comic Relief projectsâ€”a 1991 comic book (devised by Richard Curtis, Neil Gaiman, and Grant Morrison), and 1999â€™s spoof â€œThe Curse of Fatal Deathâ€ (starring Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley).
â€œMeanwhile, seemingly almost forgotten, some of the Doctorâ€™s friends, enemies, and legally dubious clones continued their adventures in the direct-to-video market and their own spin-off audio adventures,â€ according to the Obverse book description.
â€œDowntime: The Lost Years of Doctor Whoâ€ by Dylan Rees is available now in paperback form (Â£19.95), as an e-book (Â£9.95), or bundled together (Â£24.95).
If you like nostalgia, join Finn Clark on his latest stop along an â€œepic journey,â€ in which he examines Peter Davisonâ€™s Fifth Doctor and companion Sarah Jane Smith, with â€œa quick check on the Egyptian Pharaoh Erimem,â€ Obverse teased.
â€œTimeâ€™s Mosaic: No. 5â€ comes in at a slim 279 pages, on sale in paperback (Â£14.95), e-book (Â£6.99), or both (Â£17.95).
The publisher also revealed details of its 10th installment in the â€œBlack Archiveâ€ seriesâ€”an ongoing set of book-length insights into single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day.
â€œDoctor Who is endlessly fascinating, a powerful storytelling engine about which many millions of words have been written over the years,â€ author and editor Philip Purser-Hallard said last year. â€œThere are certain stories, though, from all eras of the programâ€™s history, which are exceptionally deep and rewardingâ€”whether because of their unusually powerful writing, rich symbolism, or complex themes.â€
The first nine books cover the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctorsâ€”from â€œThe Ambassadors of Deathâ€ (1970) to â€œDark Waterâ€ and â€œDeath in Heavenâ€ (2014).
In Marchâ€™s â€œScream of the Shalka,â€ Jon Arnold looks at the 2003 animated webcast of the same name, which revived the show with a new Doctorâ€”two years before the showâ€™s 2005 renaissance.
â€œOur primary emphasis is on the stories as stories, rather than the behind-the-scenes history which has been covered in admirable depth elsewhere,â€ Purser-Hallard said. â€œWhile we aim to make an authoritative and significant contribution to the overall critical conversation about Doctor Who, we intend each of these books to be entertaining as well as of academic interest.â€
Readers can pre-order â€œScream of the Shalkaâ€Â from the Obverse Books website.