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The Nine Lives of Doctor Who was a Doctor Who reference book published by Headline.

Subject matter Edit

Biographies of William Hartnell, Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.

Publisher's summary Edit

"Why has Doctor Who lasted so long? Because little boys grow up to be daddies – and daddies are always little boys and they have their own little boys. It is escapism, make believe; it must come out all right in the end. Doctor Who cannot die."

Julia Smith, director of Doctor Who and creator of EastEnders

Inside sleeve Edit

Since it was first shown in November 1963, Doctor Who has become a huge international success with a cult following that swells with each new generation of Time Travellers.

This is the first biography of the nine men who have taken on the role of the legendary Time Lord on television and in films. Peter Haining has met and talked to all the actors and is in a unique position to write their stories – what it was like to play the Doctor as well as details of their lives and careers before and after their adventures in the Tardis.

As each Doctor talks about his own experience, we see how their individual characters influenced their role. From William Hartnell's irascible eccentric to Tom Baker's cult figure and Paul McGann's Doctor for the millennium, they all have amusing behind-the-scenes stories to tell and revealing observations to make, all of which enable us to build a picture of how the progamme developed into the longest-running science-fiction series ever on television.

In The Nine Lives of Doctor Who we meet the men who have been responsible for the Time Lord's enduring popularity. It is a book for long-term fans as well as more recent devotees wanting to embark on their own journey through time.

This book also contains a unique Preservation Archive listing every Doctor Who' story and its availability on video, in books and even amateur footage or telesnaps.

Contents Edit


  • The Man of Many Parts
The Birth of the Daleks
The Son of Who?
How I Created the Daleks
"What Is There to Say?"
Cyberdad and the Cybermen
Who is the Doctor on Stage
K9: The Doctor's Robot Dog
Four Doctors and a Dummy
Tales from Little Northover
The Doctor and the Diddyman
The Doctor is a Lady!
  • Doctor Who Preservation Archive
  • Acknowledgements

Notes Edit

  • Dedications: "For Jeremy and Paula They know why – or should it be Who?"
  • On the cover is a quote from the Evening Standard Peter Haining, "the official historian of Doctor Who".

Publication history Edit

  • This hardback-only title, with a dust jacket covering a plain black cover, was priced £16.99 (UK).