I’ve collected books about Doctor Who since the 1980s. Every year at Chicago TARDIS I buy new books about the series. And a quick glance through Amazon US or UK shows dozens of titles. This list is but a sampling of books that are available and that I happen to own. Most of these I’ve read, some I haven’t, and some are reference books – great for looking up information, but not something anyone would read cover to cover. Usually. 🙂
There are two books every Doctor Who fan should have on their shelves: Doctor Who – The Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier (I have both the second and fourth editions.) and The Classic Who DVD Compendium by Paul Smith. If you can find them, the Peter Haining coffee table books (Doctor Who – A Celebration, etc.) are beautiful coffee-table books, with great color photography. In terms of more recent books, the “Chicks Love…” series is awesome – and the essays are not only a positive affirmation of the fannish lifestyle (especially for female fans) but many of the essays are thought-provoking. And I loved Twitter Who and look forward to additional volumes.
Some of these books are reviewed on my GoodReads pages, see widget on lower right of this blog.
This is a master post and will be updated – because one can never have too many books about Doctor Who.
Doctor Who Master Post Bibliography
Airey, Jean and Laurie Haldeman. 1986. Doctor Who Travel Without the TARDIS The Doctor Who Fan’s Guide to England, Scotland, and Wales. London: Target Books (Division of W.H. Allen & Co. PLC) (Recommended)
Burdge, Anthony S., Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen (Eds.). 2010. Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who, The. Crawfordville, FL: Kitsune Books.
Campbell, Mark. 2010. Doctor Who The Episode Guide. Harpenden, Herts, UK: Pocket Essentials. (NOT Recommended.)
Cartmel, Andrew. 2005. Through Time An Unauthorised and Unofficial History of Doctor Who. London: The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. Ltd. and New York: The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc.
Castleman, Harry & Walter J. Podrazik. 1989. “Doctor Who” in Harry and Wally’s Favorite TV Shows. New York: Prentice Hall Press.
Clapham, Mark, Eddie Robson and Jim Smith. 2005. Who’s Next An Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who. London: Virgin Books, Ltd.
Cornell, Paul (editor). 1997. Licence Denied Rumblings from the Doctor Who Underground. London: Virgin Books.
Cornell, Paul, Martin Day, and Keith Topping. 1995. Doctor Who The Discontinuity Guide. London: Doctor Who Books division of Virgin Books, Ltd.
Courtney, Nicholas (edited by John Nathan-Turner). 1998. Five Rounds Rapid! The Authobiography of Nicholas Courtney, Doctor Who’s Brigadier. London: Virgin Publishing Inc.
Evans, Jeff. 2001. “Doctor Who” in The Penguin TV Companion. London: Penguin Books.
Haining, Peter. 1983. Doctor Who A Celebration. London: W.H. Allen & Co. Plc. (Recommended)
–. 1986. Doctor Who The Doctor Who File. London: W.H. Allen & Co. Plc.
–. 1987. Doctor Who The Time-Travellers’ Guide. London: W.H. Allen & Co. Plc.
–. 1988. Doctor Who 25 Glorious Years. London: W.H. Allen & Co. Plc.
Javna, John. 1985. “Dr. Who” in Cult TV A Viewer’s Guide to the Shows America Can’t Live Without! New York: St. Martin’s Press.
Lofficier, Jean-Marc & Randy. 2003. Doctor Who Programme Guide, The (4th Ed.) Lincoln, NE: iUniverse (Mystery Writers of America Presents imprint).
Lofficier, Jean-Marc. 1989. Doctor Who The Programme Guide. London: Target Books division of WH Allen & Co. Plc. (Highly Recommended)
–. 1991. Doctor Who The Terrestrial Index. London: Doctor Who Books division of Virgin Books, Ltd.
–. 1992. Doctor Who The Universal Databank. London: Doctor Who Books division of Virgin Books, Ltd.
Lyon, J. Shaun. 2005. Back to the Vortex The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who 2005. Tolworth, Surrey, England: Telos Publishing Ltd.
Nathan-Turner, John. 1985. Doctor Who The TARDIS Inside Out. London: Picadilly Press, Ltd. (New York: Random House, American Ed.)
–. 1986. Doctor Who The Companions. London: Picadilly Press, Ltd. (New York: Random House, American Ed.)
Newman, Kim. 2005. BFI TV Classics Doctor Who A Critical Reading of the Series. London: British Film Institute.
Parkin, Lance. 2006. AHistory An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe. Des Moines, Iowa, USA: Mad Norwegian Press.
Parsons, Paul. 2010. Science of Doctor Who, The. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.
Richards, Justin. Hardcover 2003, paperback 2005. Doctor Who The Legend Continues 5 Decades of Time Travel. London: BBC Books. (Recommended)
Rothman, Hannah J. 2012. Twitter Who Volume 1: The First Doctor.
–. 2014. Twitter Who Volume 2: The Second Doctor.
Schuster, Marc and Tom Powers. 2007. Greatest Show in the Galaxy, The The Discerning Fan’s Guide to Doctor Who. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc.
Scott, Cavan and Mark Wright. 2014. Official Quoteable Doctor Who, The Wise Words from Across Space and Time. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. (US. Ed. – Note there is also a UK edition of this book with the title, Doctor Who: Wit, Wisdom and Timey Wimey Stuff – The Quoteable Doctor Who.)
Segal, Philip with Gary Russell. 2000. Doctor Who: Regeneration. (The making of the 9th Doctor movie). London: HarperCollins.
Smith, Paul. 2014. Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium Every Disc Every Episode Every Extra. London: Paul Smith/Wonderful Books. (Highly Recommended)
Stanish, Deborah and L.M. Myles (Eds.). 2012. Chicks Unravel Time Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who. Mad Norwegian Press. (Highly Recommended)
Thomas, Lynne M. and Tara O’Shea (Eds.). 2010. Chicks Dig Time Lords A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It. Mad Norwegian Press. (Highly Recommended)
Tulloch, John and Michael Alvarado. 1983. Doctor Who The Unfolding Text. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
Tulloch, John and Henry Jenkins. Science Fiction Audiences Watching Doctor Who and Star Trek. London: Routledge. (Simulantaneously Published in USA and Canada by Routledge).