The Annual Years
 

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By:Paul Magrs
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Note:A celebration of the Doctor Who World Distribution annuals from 1966 to 1986. Brief excerpt available on the author's blog. Publisher's description as follows: From 1965 to 1986, from William Hartnell to Colin Baker, the World Distributer Doctor Who annuals were weird and witty and wonderful, a big brother to TV Comic and second cousin to Doctor Who Discovers... — and they all the more beloved by us because of that. Join Paul Magrs in an analysis of every story in the classic Annual run — plus K9 and Company! — as well as a history, a selection of correspondence, interviews with the authors, and more...

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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  June 2014
Publisher:  Obverse Books
ISBN:978-1-909031-20-3
Format: hardback
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"These extraordinary books are like weird, grotesque shadow-versions of the Show we recognise. They are mutations haunting the wilderness between the domed, protected cities of Canonicity. The world of the Annuals is odder, darker, madder, more psychedelic and surreal. These are adventures in a wilder, destabilized universe. The cosiness of what we recognise as Doctor Who has gone."
— Paul Magrs, from the Introduction

"Funny, but never cynical, impeccably researched, but never dry, The Annual Years is the definitive story of the Doctor's wildest adventures, and essential reading if you remember the time when Doctor Who at Christmas meant Sinister Sponges, Neuronic Nightmares and a Universe Called Fred."
— Neil Perryman, "Adventures with the Wife in Space"

"For all DOCTOR WHO fans of a certain age, the World Distributors DOCTOR WHO Annuals hold a certain appeal. What's wonderful about this book, is that Paul Magrs loves the Annuals ... he loves them with insight and passion, and yet he's not afraid to also see them for what they were. Theirs is a strange, parallel world to the television series, full of outrageous concepts and baffling conceits, but Paul navigates it with ease, and channels the love and passion that these books elicited in their owners. No Christmas was complete without the DOCTOR WHO Annual, and Paul makes us realise why ..."
— David J. Howe, Telos Publishing

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Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  June 2014
Publisher:  Obverse Books
ISBN:978-1-909031-25-8
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Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Title:  The Annual Years: A Guide to the Classic Dr. Who Annuals
Released:  10 October 2019
Publisher:  Obverse Books
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Note:  Expanded second edition.

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