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The Making of Doctor Who was a non-fiction work by Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke published by Piccolo Books. The first edition was principally written by Hulke in 1972 . It was later followed by a second edition, rewritten by Dicks in 1976 from Target Books. It stands as the first professionally published non-fiction book about the series, predating similar works by Peter Haining and Jean-Marc Lofficier by many years.
Publisher's summary Edit
First edition Edit
What happened when Doctor Who was put on trial by the Time Lords? Why did he agree to help UNIT? This fascinating book tells you everything about the Doctor and his adventures, the points in Space and Time he has visited, the aliens and monsters he has defeated. One of the most famous and longest running BBC serials of all time, Doctor Who depends for its success on the enthusiasm of everyone working on the show. Come inside the TV studio and meet them, learn how the Daleks and the Cybermen came into being and how the special effects work. What happens in Doctor Who often seems impossible. But is it? Could it all be true?
Second edition Edit
Here it is... the story behind one of television's most successful, longest-running shows. Come with Doctor Who on a trip through time... to the early days of the programme when it all began... meet actors, authors and television staff... see inside a TV studio and watch a production take shape... learn the secrets of the monsters... relive every Doctor Who story since the beginning... follow the Doctor through four incarnations and — perhaps — begin to discover just who is Doctor Who?
Subject matter Edit
A behind-the-scenes guide to the production of Doctor Who.
Notable features Edit
- A summary of the Doctor's adventures to date, written from the point of view of the Time Lord prosecutors and lawyers in The War Games. Those state the Doctor's name to be ∂³∑x². There also are several UNIT reports (First edition)
- Sample pages relating to the production of The Sea Devils, including Hulke's story outline and scene breakdown, a sample rehearsal script page, the film diary, and a sample camera script page. (First edition)
- Script-to-screen account of the Fourth Doctor's debut adventure Robot, later novelised by author Terrance Dicks as Doctor Who and the Giant Robot. (Second edition)
- The first edition explained of the Doctor that "He is never cowardly" which was expanded in the second as "never cruel or cowardly" and that "He never gives in, and he never gives up." Those phrasing were later used in the TV series as the promise made by the character when chosing to be called "The Doctor" (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al).
Second edition Edit
- The Target Books edition was a complete rewrite of the previous edition aimed more at younger readers.
- This release marked the fourth occasion in which Target had republished a work previously issued by another publisher, following the reissuing of the Frederick Muller novelisations that kicked off the Doctor Who novelisation book line.
- Chris Achilleos provided the cover artwork.
- It had a print run of 50,000 copies and was priced 60p (UK).
- This title saw a reprint by Target Books, W. H. Allen in on 20th March 1980 of 15,000 copies. Despite the, by then, out-of-date information in the first printing, the only difference was a price increase to £1.80 (UK).
- Along with two-dozen Target novelisations, copies of The Making of Doctor Who were included in randomly selected bagged editions of Doctor Who Magazine published in July 2008. (These were all original, backstock copies, not reprints.)
- A PDF of the original Piccolo Books edition of The Making of Doctor Who was included on the DVD release of The Sea Devils.