Undoubtedly 2013 is one of the biggest years for the Doctor Who community. In March Matt Smith announced he would be leaving his role; in May season seven drew to a close with the shock cliffhanger of a ‘new’ Doctor in John Hurt’s character; August saw the reveal that Peter Capaldi would be taking the reins; and of course, 2013 marks Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.
Last week we saw The Night of the Doctor and loved it. And as November 23rd draws steadily closer, we wait with bated breath to watch the anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, which features old faces such as David Tennant and Billie Piper. And in the run up to this day, Ebury and BBC Books are becoming increasingly excited.
Last week we hosted a 50th Anniversary to celebrate fifty years of Doctor Who.
It took place at the Groucho Club in Soho, London, the night was a veritable feast of all things Whovian. In attendance were a host of our amazing Doctor Who authors, bloggers, vloggers, publishing folk such as ourselves – and other science fiction writers who share in our love of this fantastic franchise and legacy.
From Ben Aaronovitch to Joanne Harris, to A. L. Kennedy to Nick Harkaway, the SFF community was out in force – all to celebrate fifty years of one of Britain’s greatest exports.
BBC Books has an almighty array of Doctor Who books and this year the publishing program is jam-packed with everything you could possibly need to satisfy your timey-wimey thirst. In his speech, Albert DePetrillo, the editorial master behind the collection and general science fiction guru spoke about some of the brilliant books they have to offer, such as:
The ultimate gift, this is a lavishly designed, sumptuous full colour book which covers all eleven doctors – you can’t help touching it; the hardback has a really cool padded cover that is just very satisfying to touch and poke. It’s a marvel! An unforgettable journey through 50 years of Doctor Who, via carefully selected photographs, props, costumes designs, production memos, letters, scripts and more.
The Doctor - His Lives and Times
Another great gift book. This is the first time the full ‘biography’ of the Doctor, including diary entries, letters, classified files and much much more.
The 50th Anniversary Collection
These eleven books are a celebration of the Doctor, each one focusing on a different regeneration.
The Harvest of Time
By the esteemed Alastair Reynolds, a thrilling new Doctor Who adventure.
Summer Falls Inspired by the episode ‘The Bells of Saint John’, this is a collection of three stand-alone pieces of fiction that ties directly into the events of specific episodes. Perfect for those wanting a little bit more!
With cardboard cut outs of the many faces of Doctor Who and even a life-size dalek (!) surrounding us, prosecco flowing and canapés a munching, and great company we couldn’t have asked for more.
Now we’re going to curl up with The Vault until tomorrow!