World Annuals

Across three decades, Manchester-based publishers World Distributors released a series of popular and enduring Doctor Who annuals, which became staple items in many a young Who fan's Christmas stocking.

Their long series of annuals began in 1965 and continued until 1985, missing only one year along the way (though enterprising fans have since filled this gap with an unofficial 1972 annual). Alongside the Doctor Who annuals, World also published four Dalek annuals in the late 70s and one K-9 Annual in 1982 (all listed below).

Like most typical annuals, these slim A4-sized hardback books contain a mixture of factual articles, short fiction, comic strips, and crosswords or other puzzles.

A word of warning if you're searching for a particular World annual online — the year of publication is always printed inside each annual, but the title of the annual (if shown on the cover or spine) traditionally refers to the following year. For example, the annual published in September 1975 is referred to as the "1976 annual". This would be straightfoward, except that about half of the World annuals don't actually show the year on the cover or spine. For example, the 1982 annual simply says Doctor Who Annual on the cover, so the publication date of 1981 printed inside means some online sellers confuse it for the 1981 annual and list it accordingly on Amazon or eBay. Don't buy the wrong year by mistake!

Also worth mentioning are three books not listed on this page (as they're not labelled as "annuals") but which consist of content mostly or entirely reprinted from World annuals, namely: The Amazing World of Doctor Who, Adventures in Time and Space and Journey Through Time.

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1966The Dr Who Annual 1966 n/a  Sep 1965  B00I47OIA4  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1967The Dr Who Annual 1967 n/a  Sep 1966  B000LQKOQI  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1968The Dr Who Annual 1968 n/a  Sep 1967  B0012V5VGO  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1969The Dr Who Annual 1969 n/a  Sep 1968  B001AHA2OG  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1970The Dr Who Annual 1970 n/a  Sep 1969  0-7235-0019-3  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1971The Dr Who Annual 1971 n/a  Sep 1970  0-7235-0062-2  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1973The Dr Who Annual 1973 n/a  Sep 1972  0-7235-0179-3  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1974The Dr Who Annual 1974 n/a  Sep 1973  0-7235-0185-8  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1975The Dr Who Annual 1975 n/a  Sep 1974  0-7235-0244-7  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1976The Dr Who Annual 1976 UK hardback  Sep 1975  0-7235-0320-6  

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View more details for Terry Nation's Dalek Annual 1976Terry Nation's Dalek Annual 1976 n/a  Sep 1975  0-7235-0339-7  

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View more details for Dr WhoDr Who Netherlands hardback  Dec 1975  Unknown  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1977The Dr Who Annual 1977 n/a  Sep 1976  0-7235-0369-9  

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View more details for Terry Nation's Dalek Annual 1977Terry Nation's Dalek Annual 1977 n/a  Sep 1976  0-7235-0384-2  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1978The Dr Who Annual 1978 n/a  Sep 1977  0-7235-0412-1  

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View more details for Terry Nation's Dalek Annual 1978Terry Nation's Dalek Annual 1978 n/a  Sep 1977  0-7235-0421-0  

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View more details for The Dr Who Annual 1979The Dr Who Annual 1979 n/a  Sep 1978  0-7235-0491-1  

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View more details for Terry Nation's Dalek Annual 1979Terry Nation's Dalek Annual 1979 n/a  Sep 1978  0-7235-0490-3  

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View more details for Doctor Who Annual 1980Doctor Who Annual 1980 n/a  Sep 1979  0-7235-6549-X  

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View more details for Doctor Who Annual 1981Doctor Who Annual 1981 n/a  Sep 1980  0-7235-6594-5  

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View more details for Doctor Who Annual 1982Doctor Who Annual 1982 n/a  Sep 1981  0-7235-6628-3  

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View more details for Doctor Who Annual 1983Doctor Who Annual 1983 n/a  Sep 1982  0-7235-6653-4  

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View more details for K-9 Annual 1983K-9 Annual 1983 n/a  Sep 1982  0-7235-6661-5  

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View more details for Doctor Who Annual 1984Doctor Who Annual 1984 n/a  Sep 1983  0-7235-6685-2  

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View more details for Doctor Who Annual 1985Doctor Who Annual 1985 n/a  Sep 1984  0-7235-6719-0  

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View more details for Doctor Who Annual 1986Doctor Who Annual 1986 n/a  Sep 1985  0-7235-6747-6  

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