Factual books
 

Over the past few decades, Doctor Who has had a vast array of non-fiction and otherwise “factual” books released. These fall into two broad categories:

  • ”Real world” factual books — non-fiction in the literal sense, these include histories of the programme, behind-the-scenes production information, media studies books, etc. etc.
  • ”Fictional universe” factual books — i.e. books set inside the Doctor Who universe but which act as reference books for those fictional worlds — these would include books that outline the history of the Time Lords, the Daleks, etc.
  

Factual books listed by range:

The Black Archive books
A series of book-length dissections of individual Doctor Who stories.

About Time
A series of reference books describing themselves as “the unauthorized & ambitiously definitive guide to Who".

Telos new series guides
British publisher Telos have published a series of season-by-season guides covering the entirety of the new Doctor Who series during the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctor eras.

The Handbook
A series of 7 highly-esteemed reference books produced in the 1990s, covering each one of the classic series Doctors’ eras in depth.

The Doctor Who Programme Guide books
Indispensable for many Who fans in the 1980s and beyond — Jean-Marc Lofficier’s series of episode guides to Doctor Who.

Howe/Stammers/Walker Decade books
A trilogy of highly-acclaimed books from the 1990s by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker, each of which covers one decade of classic Doctor Who in depth.

Doctor Who Discovers books
A series of 5 factual books for children published by Target Books in the late 1970s.

The Doctor Who Chronicles
A series of 6 books published between 1998 and 2002, each one containing a detailed episode-by-episode guide to the Hartnell and Troughton eras of the programme.

Doctor Who Production Guide books
A trilogy of in-depth reference works produced by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society in the late 1990s.

Doctor Who Files books
A series of 14 hardback books, each containing a biography of a well-known Doctor Who character or villain.

Encyclopedia of the Worlds of Doctor Who
An alphabetical guidebook to the characters, aliens and worlds of Doctor Who, published between 1987 and 1990.

Top Trumps books
Although named after the popular Top Trumps card game, this trilogy of books from 2006-2008 is actually a guide to the first four seasons of the new Doctor Who series, aimed at younger readers.

Files Magazines
A series of factual paperback books published in the US during the 1980s.

Talkback interview books
A trio of books containing interviews with various Doctor Who classic series cast and crew.

TARDIS Eruditorum books
A series of critical deconstructions of Doctor Who, adapted from the popular blog of the same name.

Time's Mosaic books
This ongoing series of books documents an epic journey through the Whoniverse, as the author sets out to review every single Doctor Who story in every single format.

You and Who books
Anthologies of real-life stories and anecdotes written by Doctor Who fans, describing how and why they became fans of the programme in the first place.

Howe's Transcendental Toybox books
A series of comprehensive guides to all Doctor Who merchandise ever released, from 1963 to 2009.

Steven Moffat's Doctor Who
A series of 4 books analysing the production of the Steven Moffat era of the show (both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors).

I, Who books
A trilogy of books between 1999 and 2003 describing themselves as “The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who Novels and Audios”.

Outside In books
An occasional series of books from ATB Publishing, featuring an array of writers offering fresh and unusual perspectives on Doctor Who stories.

Running Through Corridors
Subtitled “Rob & Toby’s marathon watch of Doctor Who”, a series of books documenting the experience of Robert Shearman & Toby Hadoke as they sat though every Who episode from 1963 to 2010.

Time Unincorporated books
Subtitled “The Doctor Who Fanzine Archives”, this trilogy of books from 2009-2011 reprints a selection of material from the anarchic world of Doctor Who fan-produced magazines.

What The Fans Think books
Series of books containing fan-written reviews and critical assessments of various cult TV sci-fi shows.

Signori Del Tempo books
A series of Italian reference books, each one focussing on one Doctor’s era in depth.

The Neowhovian Experience books
A trilogy of books collecting posts from the Confessions of a Neowhovian blog, where an American fan describes her experience of watching Doctor Who for the first time.

Twitter Who books
A series of books collecting Tweet-length reviews of each classic Doctor Who story.

Pirate's History books
A trilogy of books documenting fan videos and various other “pirate” Doctor Who productions.

Colin Baker newspaper column collections
A trilogy of books collecting newspaper columns written by the Sixth Doctor himself — Colin Baker, who has been a weekly columnist in English local newspaper the Bucks Free Press for over two decades.

Miscellaneous factual books
Miscellaneous factual & reference books which don’t belong in any other 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.

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

Biographies
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.

Humour
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)Being a Girl with the Doctor: Essays on the Feminine in Doctor Who
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Range:Miscellaneous factual books
Released:4 January 2024
By:Gillian I. Leitch & Sherry Ginn (ed.)
ISBN:978-1-4766-8953-1
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(Book)Courageous Companions: Followership in Doctor Who - Exploring Effective Leadership Practices through Popular Culture
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Range:Miscellaneous factual books
Released:24 January 2024
By:Kimberly Yost
ISBN:978-1-83753-987-1
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(Book)Adventures in Type and Space: A Celebration of Classic Doctor Who Title Sequences
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Range:Miscellaneous factual books
Released:3 February 2024
By:Graham Kibble-White, Jack Kibble-White & Stuart Manning
ISBN:Unknown
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(Book)The Black Archive #69: Midnight
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Range:The Black Archive books
Released:5 February 2024
By:Philip Purser-Hallard
ISBN:978-1-913456-49-8
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(Book)UNIT: A Legacy in Doctor Who
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Range:Miscellaneous factual books
Released:22 March 2024
By:Baz Greenland
ISBN:978-1-917022-16-3
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(Book)The Black Archive #70: Ascension of the Cybermen / The Timeless Children
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Range:The Black Archive books
Released:8 April 2024
By:Ryan Bradley
ISBN:Unknown
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(Book)The Companions of Doctor Who
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Range:Miscellaneous factual books
Released:10 April 2024
By:David Bushman & Ken Deep (ed.)
ISBN:978-1-949024-66-1
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(Book)The Doctor Who Production Diary: The Hartnell Years
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Range:Miscellaneous factual books
Released:April 2024 (Date unconfirmed)
By:David Brunt
ISBN:Unknown
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(Book)The DNA of Doctor Who: The Hinchcliffe Years
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Range:Miscellaneous factual books
Released:1 June 2024
By:Gary Russell (ed.)
ISBN:978-1-80517-387-8
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(Book)The DNA of Doctor Who: The Hinchcliffe Years
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Range:Miscellaneous factual books
Released:1 June 2024
By:Gary Russell (ed.)
ISBN:978-1-80517-386-1
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(Book)The Black Archive #71: The Aztecs
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Range:The Black Archive books
Released:3 June 2024
By:Doris V. Sutherland
ISBN:Unknown
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(Book)What the Fans Think: Class
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Released:June 2024 (Date unconfirmed)
By:Unknown
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(Book)Illuminart 3: The Doctor Who Art of Andrew Skilleter
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Released:June 2024 (Date unconfirmed)
By:Andrew Skilleter
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(Book)The Black Archive #72: Silence in the Library / The Forest of the Dead
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Range:The Black Archive books
Released:5 August 2024
By:Dale Smith
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Other Forthcoming Releases:
Title:Range:By:Released:
The Black Archive #73: Orphan 55The Black Archive booksMatthew KresalOctober 2024 
The Black Archive #74: A Christmas CarolThe Black Archive booksJamie Beckwith & Leslie McMurtryDecember 2024 
The 500 Year Diary: Volume Two (1973-1983)Miscellaneous factual booksPaul CastleDecember 2024 (Date unconfirmed) 
Who's Playing Who?Miscellaneous factual booksBarnaby Eaton-JonesDecember 2024 (Date unconfirmed) 
Across Time and Space: An Unofficial Doctor Who CompanionMiscellaneous factual booksTony CrossDecember 2024 (Date unconfirmed) 
The Black Archive #75: Silver NemesisThe Black Archive booksJames Cooray SmithFebruary 2025 
Exterminate/Regenerate: The Story of Doctor WhoMiscellaneous factual booksJohn HiggsApril 2025 
The Comic Strip Companion 2 - The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1979 - 1990Miscellaneous factual booksPaul ScoonesJune 2025 (Date unconfirmed) 
The Doctor Who Production Diary: The Troughton YearsMiscellaneous factual booksDavid BruntJune 2025 (Date unconfirmed) 
The Black Archive: The Faceless OnesThe Black Archive booksJoseph OldhamSeptember 2025 (Date unconfirmed) 
Bookwyrm Volume 2: The Eighth Doctor Adventures 1997-2005Miscellaneous factual booksAnthony Wilson & Stacey Smith?September 2025 (Date unconfirmed) 
The Black Archive: Mawdryn UndeadThe Black Archive booksKara DennisonDecember 2025 (Date unconfirmed) 
The Black Archive: FrontiosThe Black Archive booksPaul DriscollDecember 2025 (Date unconfirmed) 
Running Through Corridors: Volume 3 - The 80sRunning Through CorridorsToby Hadoke & Robert ShearmanDecember 2025 (Date unconfirmed) 
Back to the Eleventh Hour: Revisiting the Matt Smith YearsMiscellaneous factual booksChrista MactíreDecember 2025 (Date unconfirmed) 


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