In 1989 Doctor Who on television came to an end. There were to be no more travels in space and time. But the moment had been foretold, and Virgin Publishing, then the licence-holders for BBC-authorised fiction, stepped into the breach.
This is the story of Virgin Publishing’s New Adventures range of Doctor Who novels. Picking up where the television series stopped, and presenting the new and further adventures of the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace, the books crossed space and time, introducing new companions like archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, and reuniting the Doctor with many old adversaries like the Ice Warriors and the Cybermen.
Noted researcher and historian David J Howe chronicles the origins of the books, speaking to all the major players in their development, and charts the books’ critical reception as well as presenting a plethora of artwork, sketches and other imagery associated with the range. Also included are Virgin’s range of Missing Adventures, original novels featuring the first six Doctors, plus other Doctor Who fiction published by Virgin in the same time period. It’s the ultimate guide to the Virgin New Adventures and Missing Adventures ranges of books, which saw several authors, including Russell T Davies, Ben Aaronovitch and Mark Gatiss publishing early works of original fiction!
Profusely illustrated with all the covers, plus rare and unseen sketches and unused concepts and ideas, The Who Adventures is the definitive guide to a range of books which enjoyed phenomenal success in the first half of the nineties, and which kick-started the careers of several authors and artists who have since gone on to immense success.
A follow-up to the critically-acclaimed and best-selling The Target Book!
All copies ordered from Telos Publishing direct will be SIGNED by the author, David J Howe.
250pp approx. Large format 22cm x 28cm hardback. Fully illustrated in full colour throughout.
Expected Publication Date: December 2021
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David J Howe has been involved with Doctor Who research and writing for over 40 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 30 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 17 years from 1984-2001. From 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 also edited the BFS’s 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, and contributed to the screenplay for The White Witch of Devil’s End, released in 2018.
He wrote about Doctor Who merchandise for Doctor Who Insider magazine, and contributes liner notes for AudioGO/BBC Audio’s range of Doctor Who novelisation CDs.
He is currently 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 received the British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press. The company celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020.