The Eighties
 

No. 3 of 3 in the Howe/Stammers/Walker Decade books series
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By:David J. Howe, Mark Stammers & Stephen James Walker
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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  October 1996
Publisher:  Virgin
ISBN:1-85227-680-0
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The nineteen-seventies saw the national institution Doctor Who grow up, with adults outnumbering children in the continuously climbing audience figures. Advances in technology had produced more believable monsters and more spectacular special effects to complement an actor who had made the role of the Doctor his own.

But Tom Baker was leaving the show and a new direction was needed for a demanding new decade. Changes in the backroom staff meant a completely new production team was in place. The series was to undergo its most radical change since the switch from black-and-white to colour.

To accompany the new Doctor there would be a new title sequence, revamped theme music and a new Producer, John Nathan-Turner, who would lead the team until the show's temporary demise in 1989.

The Eighties is the definitive record of the third decade of Doctor Who. Peter Davison soon won acceptance for his sensitive portrayal and the new maturity of the series' storylines. Colin Baker's moody and unpredictable interpretation reflected uncertanties about the series' future, ending in recriminations. And Sylvester McCoy brought the mystery back to a character still struggling in the face of falling ratings.

The Eighties is a meticulous record of Doctor Who's most contentious decade, and is illustrated throughout with an unrivalled collection of colour photographs, most of which have never been published before.

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Edition: UK (paperback)
Released:  November 1997
Publisher:  Virgin
ISBN:0-7535-0128-7
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The 1970s saw Doctor Who grow up, with adults outnumbering children in the continuously climbing viewing figures. Terror and humour were blended to compliment an actor who had made the era his own.

But a new decade saw Tom Baker leave the show. A new production team was in place, and the programme was about to undergo its most radical change since the switch from black-and-white to colour.

Doctor Who's third decade saw unprecedented diversity and experimentation — with the lead role and nature of the show itself. Peter Davison soon won acceptance for his sensitive portrayal of the Doctor and the new maturity of the series' storylines. Colin Baker's moody and unpredictable interpretation reflected uncertanties about the show's future, and ended in recriminations. And Sylvester McCoy brought the mystery back to a character still struggling in the face of falling ratings.

The Eighties is a meticulous account of Doctor Who's most contentious decade. It is illustrated throughout with an unrivalled collection of colour photographs, most of which have never been printed before.

David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker have spent many years researching and writing about Doctor Who. Together they have written The Sixties, described by Stage & TV Today as 'one of the best books about television ever', The Seventies, and the Handbook series of paperbacks about the individual Doctors.


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