Note: A print-on-demand edition (linked via the Lulu logo above) was also released in October 2018 to allow Australia/NZ readers to order the book with much cheaper postage costs. It is identical to the original version, except for having a glossy cover instead of the original's matt cover.
This Black Archive looks at how the US involvement in Vietnam combined with author Robert Holmes's experience of the Second World War in Burma and consciousness of Britain's imperial decline to create Doctor Who's first Sontaran, Linx.
It also explores how the serial's medievalism invoked a shared cultural memory of Gothic and Romantic literature and cinema to launch not only one of the series' most enduring alien races but also one of its best-loved heroines, Sarah Jane Smith.
Matthew Kilburn is an independent historian, writer and actor.
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"A grandly ambitious thing to attempt with something as exhaustively detailed as (Doctor Who). But they actually manage it. Treat your bookshelf."