David J Howe and Arnold T Blumberg present the definitive collector’s guide to Doctor Who merchandise. From the rare and obscure to the commonplace and disposable, every facet of Doctor Who’s penetration into the marketplace is detailed.
The book covers Doctor Who merchandise released world wide, including items released in America, France, Portugal, Canada, Hungary and Australia as well as the many UK-produced items. Howe’s Transcendental Toybox is both a fascinating tour through the many ways that Doctor Who has been presented over the years and an entertaining guide to the world of Doctor Who collecting.
This new update volume covers all the items released in 2004 and 2005 – including the first batch of items to tie in with the new 2005 series starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor – and also contains updates to the main book, as well as reports and comments from both the people who produce the merchandise and the people who sell it.
172pp A5 paperback. Originally issued with black and white illustrations; later reissued with colour illustrations.
Published 21 December 2006.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
David J Howe has been involved with Doctor Who research and writing for over 30 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.
He wrote about Doctor Who merchandise for Doctor Who Insider magazine, and contributed liner notes for AudioGO’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 celebrated their tenth anniversary while also receiving the British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press.
Dr Arnold T Blumberg served as editor of Gemstone Publishing (The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Hake’s Price Guide to Character Toys), authored their The Big BIG LITTLE BOOK Book: An Overstreet Photo-Journal Guide, and co-authored the second and third editions of their Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide. He has written extensively on pop culture and entertainment for The International Journal of Comic Art, Overstreet’s FAN, Comic Book Marketplace, Collector’s Showcase, Dreamwatch, Borderline, Whotopia, EON Magazine, Cinescape and Now Playing – for the last three of which he was senior editor. He also wrote the online guide to collecting science fiction collectibles for eBay. He contributed short fiction to the Doctor Who charity anthologies Missing Pieces, The Cat Who Walked Through Time, and Walking in Eternity. For Telos, he also has co-written Howe’s Transcendental Toybox and its three update volumes, comprising the definitive guide to Doctor Who merchandise, and has designed and typeset many of our other books. He contributed reviews of the Doctor Who Series Two episodes for J Shaun Lyon’s Second Flight: Back to the Vortex II, also from Telos. He holds a Masters in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore, a Doctorate in Communications Design from the same institution, and has undertaken many teaching, lecturing and presenting assignments.