The Black Archive #29: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon

No. 29 of 68 in the The Black Archive books series
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By:John Toon
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Released:  March 2019
Publisher:  Obverse Books
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Note:  A print-on-demand edition (linked via the Lulu logo above) was released in May 2019 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.

Cover blurb:
‘A lot more happens in ‘69 than anyone remembers.’

Opening with the Doctor’s death, The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon (2011) presents a protagonist on the back foot, knowing less than his friends and willing to take desperate action against his enemies. Engaging playfully with recent history to subvert the ‘celebrity historical’ format, it also introduces monsters with disquieting philosophical implications. This Black Archive delves deeply into the story’s conspiracy-theory iconography before considering its morally questionable resolution.

A blogger and organiser in New Zealand SF fandom, John Toon is the writer of The Black Archive #15: Full Circle.

Book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day

“A grandly ambitious thing to attempt with something as exhaustively detailed as (Doctor Who). But they actually manage it. Treat your bookshelf."
—Doctor Who Magazine

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