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A History of the Universe
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Written by: Lance Parkin
Publisher: Virgin Books
Release date: 16 May 1996
Format: Paperback Book 273 pages
ISBN 0-426-20471-9

A History of the Universe is a speculative history of the Doctor Who universe as shown in multiple media. It was later expanded and updated, in the form of AHistory, also by Parkin.

Publisher's summary

At last, the complete timeline of the DOCTOR WHO universe, from Event One to its final destruction tens of billion years in the future.

This essential reference work reveals the full story of the Daleks, the Cybermen, and the Time Lords. It also includes a comprehensive history of Earth, charting the rise of humanity from a primitive tribe on the African plains to a race of galaxy-spanning conquerors.

Every recorded event mentioned in the DOCTOR WHO television series and the New and Missing Adventures is woven into this fascinating chronicle - with different typefaces used to distinguish the source information. Dates range from the obvious (the Battle of Hastings) to the obscure (the year in which Galactic Salvage and Insurance went bust) while extensive notes explain the author's reasoning and research.

Containing a wealth of behind-the-scenes information, much of it revealed here for the first time. A HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE is an indispensable guide to the worlds DOCTOR WHO.

Subject matter

  • A linear and structured timeline of Doctor Who, it literally begins at Event One (actually a bit before), and goes right through to The Far Future.
  • There is also a separate section which deals with Gallifrey.

Notable features

  • This is the first stand-alone book to work all of Doctor Who history into one cohesive timeline, although The Terrestrial Index by Jean-Marc Lofficier contains a 55-page section detailing "The History of Mankind According to Doctor Who", which places most stories from the original 1963–1989 television series into a historical context.
  • Throughout the book are featured quotes from (fictional) people and publications which have been referenced throughout the TV series and novels such as; Oolon Caluphid, Bernice Summerfield, Njeri Ngugi, Hourly Tele-Press.
  • At the back of the book it has a section entitled Gallifrey - Notes on the Planet's Background, which according to the footnotes:
"...is virtually the whole of the text of a document 'Gallifrey - Notes on the Planet's Background (from ideas prepared for the Doctor Who TV series)' by Andrew Cartmel, Ben Aaronovitch and Marc Platt. The document was written for Virgin, is dated 9.11.90, and comes to six and a half sides of A4 paper, including the coversheet. It outlines what fans have called 'The Cartmel Masterplan'..."
  • It also notes in the same footnote: "...the Virgin Writer's guide categorically states that 'The Other is not the Doctor"

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