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February 18th, 2017 4 comments

Downtime: The Lost Years of Doctor Who

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During the interregnum between the Seventh Doctor’s final adventures in 1989 and the relaunch of the series in 2005, BBC One broadcast only three new Doctor Who stories – a TV movie and two comic versions raising money for charity.

Elsewhere, books and comic strips (and eventually licensed audios) kept the flame alive, but it seemed the BBC had little interest in reinvigorating the franchise on television.

Meanwhile, seemingly almost forgotten, some of the Doctor’s friends, enemies and legally dubious clones continued their adventures in the direct to video market and their own spin off audio adventures, written by and starring many of the cast/crew who had worked on the original series, and several who would work on the relaunched version.

Downtime combines archive interviews and articles along with over forty new interviews conducted by the author in order to tell the story of these dramas and their impact and influence, and to celebrate the dedication and ingenuity of fandom.

Downtime is written by Dylan Rees who has previously contributed articles to Celestial Toyroom, You and Who Else and “Breakin’ Point” Magazine. Outside of writing he is a freelance Production Manager and Producer within the film and TV industry.

Categorised under: Books, Reference books


  • Anonymous

    February 26th, 2017 - 3:55pm

    Disappointing book, love the wilderness of doctor who but it barley mentions anything not even zygon. To be honest you don’t need to buy this book just buy the DVDs of the bbv/realtime productions and watch the behind the scenes documentarys as it’s basically the same.

  • Prof Horner

    February 19th, 2017 - 11:17am

    It is funny how no one has definitive book about the death of Doctor Who in the eighties, I wonder why !

  • Whorules

    February 18th, 2017 - 2:42pm

    Ouch! £22.95

    • Al

      February 19th, 2017 - 1:38am

      Small publisher, small print run, we’re probably lucky it isn’t more.

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