The Black Archive #53: The Hand of Fear

No. 53 of 68 in the The Black Archive books series
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By:Simon Bucher-Jones
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Released:  May 2021 (physical release)
June 2021 (print-on-demand release)
Publisher:  Obverse Books
Format: paperback
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Cover blurb:
‘Eldrad must live. Eldrad the creator, the saviour.’

With its nuclear anxieties, god complexes, temporal abysses and evil transmitted through a slogan, The Hand of Fear (1976) explores multiple sources of terror and unease. In an era when Doctor Who drew inspiration from cinematic horror icons, it takes a long tradition of disembodied creeping hands as the starting point in building its ancient, messianic villain, a character of mutable gender long before they became familiar in Doctor Who.

Among many other things, Simon Bucher-Jones has written the Black Archives on Image of the Fendahl and The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit.

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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