Note: Later reprinted as part of the omnibus editions The Handbook and The Handbook: Volume Two.
Doctor Who is the world’s longest-running science fiction television series. Each handbook will provide both a broad overview and a detailed analysis of one phase of the programme’s history.
Colin Baker’s tenure as the Doctor was brief, but coincided with one of Doctor Who’s most turbulent times. The programme’s audience ratings were falling, its future was in doubt — particularly during an eighteen-month absence from the screen — and, in the end, Colin Baker’s departure was abrupt and marked by recriminations. The Sixth Doctor’s personality seemed to reflect this uncertainty: he was moody and unpredictable.
This is the second in the Handbook series by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker, the team that produced The Sixties, the definitive book about Doctor Who’s early years. They are now working on a third Handbook, and on The Seventies.
The Handbook: The Sixth Doctor contains a profile of Colin Baker, and analysis of the devlopment of the Sixth Doctor, background information about the threats to the programme, and a critical review of all the TV stories, including what is known of the 1985 series that was never made.