For Americans and others not familiar with the British concept of an “annual”, they are yearly-published (hence the name) A4-sized slim hardback books, anywhere between 50-100 pages in length, and aimed squarely at the children’s Christmas market. Every year in Britain, dozens of annuals are published, with the subject matter including popular movies, TV shows, pop stars, comicbooks, etc. A typical Doctor Who annual contains a mix of illustrated short stories, comic strips, puzzles and factual articles.

Several different publishers have produced Doctor Who annuals from the 1960s to the present day — all listed here.


Annuals listed by range:

BBC Annuals
Every year since 2006, BBC Children’s Books have produced an Official Doctor Who Annual.

Panini Annuals/Storybooks
For the first 5 years after the relaunch of the new series, Panini published a well-received series of annuals, most of which used the title Doctor Who Storybook.

World Annuals
Between the 1960s and 1980s, the Doctor Who annuals by English publishers World Distributors were a staple of British children’s Christmas stockings.

Marvel Yearbooks
During the first half of the 1990s, Marvel published an annual series of Doctor Who Yearbooks.

Terraqueous Unofficial Annuals
A series of fan-produced unofficial Doctor Who annuals produced as an homage to the classic World Annuals of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Miscellaneous annuals
Annuals which don't belong in any of the above ranges.

Books listed by category:

Activity books
Colouring books, diaries, sticker books, cookbooks, role-playing games, and any other type of book designed for an activity other than reading.

These slim hardback books containing a mixture of fact and fiction have been a staple of British childrens’ Christmas stockings for decades.

Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs of well-known Doctor Who cast and crew.

Factual books
Non-fiction books about Doctor Who, ranging from behind-the-scenes production information, histories of the programme, media studies books, etc. etc.

Graphic novels
A selection of original graphic novels and collections of Doctor Who Magazine comic strips republished in book form.

A wide selection of books giving a humorous slant on Doctor Who, and also a selection of unofficial comedic parodies.

Original novels
Original Doctor Who fiction novels and novellas, i.e. not based on TV episodes.

TV novelisations
Adaptations of Doctor Who TV episodes in book form.

Script books
A selection of books containing the original scripts from Doctor Who TV stories and audio dramas.

Short stories
Anthologies of short stories and short fiction related (directly or indirectly) to Doctor Who.

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(Book)The Official Annual 2025
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Range:BBC Annuals
Released:15 October 2024

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