Telos Publishing Newsletter – 8th December 2012

Welcome to another newsletter from Telos Publishing, and a Merry Christmas to all of you at home.

We are entering the final week of us being able to despatch books in time for Christmas.

The last date for us to receive orders and guarantee that they will be posted at least before Christmas is SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER. We can’t guarantee that they will arrive before the Holiday, but anything ordered up to that date will (subject to us still having copies) be posted on the Monday.

As usual we have had some new titles come into stock, and some others have sold out … so here’s the details:


Whostrology: A Time Traveller’s Almanac
by Michael M Gilroy-Sinclair
Illustrated by Deborah Taylor

Whostrology: an astrological system based upon the travels of a certain Time Lord. The mythic qualities of his tales of adventure form the basis for this book of daily readings that can help you shape your life and live in a truly Whovian way.

It has been said that the Doctor was born under the sign of the crossed computers. This could mean one of two things. It could be nothing more than a flippant remark to a passing local; or it could be a reference to the stars as seen from the Doctor’s home world. As any visible constellations are an arbitrary set of images fully dependant on the observer’s location in time and space as well as their cultural heritage, it can also be argued that some people have nothing better to do than make things up.

Whostrology is a book of daily readings, zodiac signs and explanations, and other Who-based astrological elements, designed to allow every Whofan to lead a life of peace and ordered calm.

This is an ideal Christmas book, quirky and fun, and perfectly illustrated by Deborah Taylor.


There’s a facebook page for the book here:!/Whostrology
Copies can be ordered from Telos here:


The following titles and editions have now unfortunately sold out. There are no current plans to reprint them:

TORMENT (Hank Janson)


Available now to pre-order on the Telos site are the following titles. Please note that payment is taken at the time of ordering, but that if the prices subsequently rise, then you will not be asked for more money. If the price of the final book is less than you paid, you will be offered a refund.

Wiped! Doctor Who‘s Missing Episodes: Second Edition
by Richard Molesworth
PUBLISHED: end February 2013

In the 1960s, the BBC screened 253 episodes of its cult science fiction showDoctor Who, starring William Hartnell and then Patrick Troughton as the time travelling Doctor. Yet by 1975, the Corporation had wiped the master tapes of every single one of these episodes. Yet by 1975, the Corporation had wiped the master tapes of every single one of these episodes. Of the 124Doctor Who episodes starring Jon Pertwee shown between 1970 and 1974, the BBC destroyed over half of the original transmission tapes within two years of their original broadcast.

In the years that followed, the BBC, along with dedicated fans of the series, began the arduous task of trying to track down copies of as many missingDoctor Who episodes as possible. The search covered BBC sales vaults, foreign television stations, overseas archives, and numerous networks of private film collectors, until the tally of missing programmes was reduced to just 106 episodes.

For the first time, this book looks in detail at how the episodes came to be missing in the first place, and examines how material subsequently came to be returned to the BBC. Along the way, those people involved in the recovery of lost slices of Doctor Who‘s past tell their stories in candid detail, many for the very first time. This second edition updates the story with details of the recent episode discoveries from ‘Galaxy 4’ and ‘The Underwater Menace’ as well as general updates, corrections and revisions throughout.

No more rumours, no more misinformation, no more fan gossip. The truth about Doctor Who‘s missing episodes can now be told in full!

‘A labour of love that’s clearly involved an immense amount of painstaking research’ SFX

‘This is a cracker of a book that lays to rest many myths (and confirms many more).’ Total SciFi Online

‘Exhaustively researched and fascinating’ SciFi Online

‘If you want to know the full story behind the lost Doctor Who stories and how they were got back then this is the authoritative book to own and should be on your reading list. A brilliant study.’ SF Crowsnest

500pp. A5 format book.
ISBN 978-1-84583-080-9 (pb) £15.99
ISBN 978-1-84583-081-6 (hb) £30.00 (Please note that the hardback will only be published if there is sufficient demand)

For ordering details:

River’s Run: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide toDoctor Who 2011
by Stephen James Walker
PUBLISHED: end April 2013

River’s Run is the comprehensive guide to Series Six of Doctor Who – the second to feature Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor, with his companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).

All 13 episodes plus the Christmas special, ‘The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’, are discussed in depth. Also covered are all the associated major news stories, press releases, casting announcements and public response to the episodes. The menace of the Silence; the shock of Amy’s pregnancy; the revelation of the true identity of River Song (Alex Kingston); the mystery of the Doctor’s ‘death’ – all these things and more are recalled within the pages of this exhaustive guide.

The book also details all other significant events that occurred in the Doctor Who world during 2011, presenting all the facts and figures, behind-the-scenes notes, press reaction and detailed and insightful analysis.

River’s Run is an essential read for all fans of the show, and continues Telos’s critically-acclaimed, unrivalled coverage of Doctor Who.

300pp approx. A5 format book.
ISBN 978-1-84583-078-6 (pb) £15.99
ISBN 978-1-84583-079-3 (hb) £30.00

For ordering details:

The Television Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who
by David J Howe and Stephen James Walker
PUBLISHED: end July 2013

Everything you ever wanted to know about the cult BBC Television series Doctor Who(1963-1996).

On its first publication in 2002,The Television Companion was hailed as possibly the best guide ever to the BBC’s cult science fiction show Doctor Who. Now Telos re-issues their own edition of the book in a revised and updated version spanning two volumes, which remains the definitive guide to the television worlds and adventures of the Doctor and his companions.

Every story from 1963 to 1996 is covered in depth in all aspects of production, including plot details, cast and crew lists, episode endings, transmission dates, memorable quotes and popular myths. In addition there is a comprehensive analysis of every adventure, utilising reviews both contemporary and retrospective from a wide variety of sources.

This is the essential companion for every trip you will ever take into the TV universe of classic Doctor Who.

‘The bible …’ SFX Magazine

‘Another superior effort from what I consider to be the finest Doctor Whohistorians around. It is quite a hefty and involved read, and contains (almost) everything you’d want to know about the best SF Tv series ever.’ Reviewer on

‘If you’re looking for a Doctor Who episode guide, then you can stop looking as this is by far the best book you can buy about the television series.’ Sean Brady on

‘What is most memorable aboutThe Television Companion is the fact that every story is given a balanced analysis – it’s not decreed that ‘Timelash’ is bad, for example, rather the authors draw upon a wide variety of opposing reviews spanning the years to present a genuinely interesting study of every story – which is altogether far more interesting than cut-and-dried opinions. The Television Companion is indispensable to all fans of the television series, especially because of the detail in which the Hartnell and Troughton stories are studied. The emphasis is no more in-depth than any other era of the show, but seeing as many of their stories no longer exist, it’s highly rewarding and an admirable asset to a potentially video-biased read.’ Brad Schmidt in TSV (#56, October 1998)

VOLUME ONE (Doctors 1-3): 400pp approx A5 paperback. ISBN 978-1-84583-076-2. £15.99
VOLUME TWO (Doctors 4-8): 400pp approx A5 paperback. ISBN 978-1-84583-077-9. £15.99
SPECIAL OFFER: Volumes One and Two: Paperback @ £25.00

For ordering details:




If you fancy getting someone something slightly different for Christmas, then why not treat them to an audio of Sam Stone’s acclaimed Horror collection ZOMBIES IN NEW YORK AND OTHER BLOODY JOTTINGS. The stories in the collection are available individually or as a bundle, and are available on download from the AudioGo website (,, and everywhere else that AudioGo’s products can be obtained from.

The link to all Sam’s stories on the AudioGo website is:


Fantom Films have now released the final three audio-books in the Time Hunter range, meaning that the entire series is now available to listen to. These audios are tremendous, and the readers bring great life and vitality to the adventures in time and space of Honore Lechasseur and Emily Blandish.

They can be ordered from the Telos site here:

Or there are download and multiple order discount offers available from the Fantom Films website here:


Telos is pleased to be guesting at the annual Sci Fi Weekender event, next year in Pwllelli in North Wales. Headlining guests at the event include CRAIG CHARLES, PETER DAVISON, FRAZER HINES, RICHARD MADDEN, BRIAN BLESSED, DAVID J HOWE, SAM STONE, ROBERT RANKIN, SIMON CLARK, JEROME FLYNN, STACIA KANE, HUGH HOWEY, VIRGINIA HEY, CHASE MASTERSON and many more.

We will have some Telos authors appearing with us at the event, including FIONA MOORE, ALAN STEVENS, RICHARD MOLESWORTH, PAUL DALE SMITH, SAM STONE, SIMON CLARK and possibly some others. We will be hosting signings at the Telos tables for these authors, so it’s a great opportunity to meet them and get titles signed.

We are currently hoping and expecting to have the new, revised, second edition of Richard Molesworth’s book WIPED available to launch at the event.

The Sci Fi Weekender takes place on Friday 1st March through to Sunday 3rd March at its new upgraded location of:

Hafan y Môr Holiday Park,
North Wales,
LL53 6HX

Tickets can be bought from


The new edition of SCI-FI NOW magazine contains a 4 page feature on THE BARRY NEWBERY SIGNATURE COLLECTION, showcasing some of the photographs and talking with the book’s designer Paul Smith, about his work restoring the images.

The cover for the second volume of SONGS FOR EUROPE, Telos’ comprehensive guide to the Eurovision Song Contest written by Gordon Roxburgh, and covering the 1970s is now revealed. The first volume (covering the 1950s and 1960s) was met with great acclaim, and we’re pleased to be publishing the second volume later in 2013.

Telos should be attending several DOCTOR WHO and other themed events and gatherings during 2013, and where possible we will have a large selection of our titles available for sale, including the limited hardback editions, and many of the titles will be discounted for the events. So please pop along and see us. Those we hope to have stands at currently include:

GALAXYFEST – Colorado Springs (February 2013)
GALLIFREY ONE – Los Angeles (February 2013) SCI FI WEEKENDER – Pwllelli, North Wales (March 2013)
BIG FINISH DAY 2 – Barking (March 2013)—big-finish-day-2013-595-c.asp WALES COMIC CON – Wrexham (April 2013)
ASYLUM STEAMPUNK CONVENTION – Lincoln (September 2013)
DIMENSIONS – Newcastle (November 2013)—dimensions-2013-632-c.asp



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Please join and let us know what you think of the books, chat about the covers … anything that takes your fancy really. Often new covers are premiered on the Facebook group, and news and details of reviews and other items of interest across the Web are also shared there.



Finally, a note of thanks to those people who help keep Telos running smoothly through the year, who work away behind the scenes, keeping the orders flowing, the shops supplied, the website updated, and handling all that annoying admin stuff which is essential to keeping us happy and efficient: Debbie Bennett (Web Orders); Anthony Forth (Webmaster); Sam Stone (despatch and invoicing); Arnold T Blumberg (Design and Layout); Iain Robertson (Cover Supremo); Paul Smith (Design and Layout); Sharon Williams and Bob Loader from Berforts (Printing Maestros) … and of course to all our authors, helpers, proof readers, cover and internal artists and everyone else who has contributed to our books over the year. THANK YOU to all.

Until next time, have a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous new year,

David, Steve and the Telos Team.

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