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The Doctor Who File
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Written by: Peter Haining
Publisher: W.H. Allen & Co
Release date: 18 September 1986 (hardcover), 19 January 1989 (paperback)
Format: Hardback and paperback, 339 pages
ISBN 0-86379-169-7 (paperback)
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The Doctor Who Files was a Doctor Who reference book published by W. H. Allen.

Publisher's summary Edit

Paperback edition Edit

More than two decades after it began Doctor Who is now the longest-running TV science fiction programme in the world. Over the years the show has attracted some of the most talented people in television, from producers and directors, to actors and writers.

In The Doctor Who File Peter Haining unlocks the secrets of the TARDIS memory banks and explores the history of this influential show through a series of fascinating interviews and specially commissioned articles.

From pieces on the creation of the Cybermen, the difficulties in driving a Dalek, and the Doctor Who film that never was, to features on the show's writers — including Douglas Adams who went on to script The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy — and the first six Doctors, plus the actors who were very nearly selected to play the role. The Doctor Who File is a fascinating record of a unique phenomenon.

Subject matter Edit

A collection of articles on the production of Doctor Who, including many written by the participants.

Notable features Edit

  • Detailed examination of the never-made film Doctor Who Meets Scratchman by Ian Marter.
  • A look at actors considered for the role of the Doctor.
  • Memoirs by surviving Doctor actors and behind the scenes personnel.


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