The Key to Time: A Year-by-Year Record
 

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By:Peter Haining
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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  September 1984
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-03283-8
Format: hardback
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Doctor Who is not just another television programme. It is a familiar and much-loved British institution that after more than twenty years continues to enjoy enormous success both at home and abroad.

The Key to Time marks the programme’s coming of age — twenty-one years old on 23 November 1984. Peter Haining has adopted the novel technique of exploring the history of the series through key dates in its many life-cycles. He demonstrates — with extensive reference to files kept in the Doctor Who Production Office — how much a part of British life the programme has become, and how the impact of this extraordinary phenomenon has travelled further afield. He traces the many changes the series has undergone since the first episode was broadcast in November 1963 — not only in terms of regenerated Doctors but also new methods of programme-making. The beginning of the Jon Pertwee era coincided with the switchover from black-and-white to colour, but Peter Haining also gives details of how many of the special effects were achieved, and how this initially modest television series pioneered techniques used in the multi-million-dollar Star Wars.

The enthusiastic support of viewers all over the world has contributed to Doctor Who’s long and happy life, and The Key to Time includes tributes from fans in Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States, in the form of drawings and sketches inspired by the series.

This extensively illustrated special publication, with twenty-four pages of colour photographs, is a superb follow-up to the runaway success of W.H. Allen’s Doctor Who: A Celebration.

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Edition: UK (deluxe hardback)
Released:  September 1984
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-03014-2
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Note:  Leather-bound edition, limited to 1000 copies.

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Edition: UK (paperback)
Released:  October 1987
Publisher:  Comet
ISBN:0-86379-153-0
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Note:  Although the back cover displays an updated ISBN, the inside copyright page still displays the original ISBN (0-491-03283-8) and the original 1984 publication date.

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Doctor Who is not just another television programme. It is a familiar and much-loved British institution that after more than two decades continues to enjoy amazing success both at home and abroad.

With extensive reference to files kept in the Doctor Who Production Office bestselling author Peter Haining demonstrates how much a part of British life the programme has become, and how the impact of this extraordinary phenomenon has travelled further afield.

He traces the many changes the series has undergone since the first episode was broadcast in November 1963, and how this initially modest TV series pioneered techniques used in multi-million dollar films such as Star Wars.

Along with twenty-four pages of colour photographs this splendidly illustrated volume includes drawings and sketches from Doctor Who fans from all over the world.


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