PANINI and the team behind Doctor Who Magazine are back with not one but two brand new special Doctor Who releases – The Essential Doctor Who: Robots and Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 46: Toys & Games.
The Essential Doctor Who: Robots issue #10 is a 116-page bookazine dedicated to some of the Doctors deadliest mechanical adversaries including the Yeti, the Voc robots and the clockwork droids.
Editor Marcus Hearn says: “2017 marks the 40th anniversary of K9’s first appearance in Doctor Who, so he looms large in our journey through more than 50 years of the series’ robots. It must be said that most of the mechanical characters we’re featuring aren’t quite as friendly as the Doctor’s dog…”
Among the other highlights in this new edition are The Vampire Planet (an unproduced William Emms story from 1969), the strange story of the Mechonoids, a look at the Out of the Unknown episode that gave us the Mind Robber robots, Douglas Adams’ original notes for the Polyphase Avatron, the rise and fall of Kamelion and the history of robot comic strips.
Also included are interviews with..
- Chris Boucher (writer of The Robots of Death)
- Michael Kilgarriff (Robot)
- John Leeson (voice of K9)
- Tom MacRae (writer of The Girl Who Waited)
- Dave Martin (K9’s co-creator)
- Paul Murphy (director of The Caretaker and Robot of Sherwood)
- Paul Tams (co-creator of the K9 television series)
- Kate Walshe (visual effects producer)
The Essential Doctor Who: Robots is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £9.99.
The second of the releases is Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 46: Toys & Games, a hundred pages dedicated to all fascinating Doctor Who toys and games that have been released since the early 1960s.
The special also includes….
- Surveys of the items produced in each decade
- A feature on the rarest Doctor Who toy of all
- The untold story of 1965’s Zarbi puppets
- A ringside seat at a board-game marathon.
- A detailed analysis of Denys Fisher’s 1970s range of Doctor Who toys
- Exclusive interviews with the people behind the Dapol, Product Enterprise, Character and BIG Chief collectables.
Bursting with new information, discoveries from the archive and specially commissioned photography, this is the surprising story of Doctor Who toys and games – told by the people who make, sell and collect them.
Editor Marcus Hearn says: “It’s been more than 30 years since Doctor Who Magazine devoted an issue to merchandise, so it’s a subject well worth revisiting. This is the most ambitious Special Edition that I’ve worked on, and it was a real labour of love for all of us.”
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Toys & Games is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £5.99 (US: $11.99).