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May 3rd, 2021 21 comments

Coming Soon – The Dr Who Unofficial Annual 1997

Terraqueous Distributors said:

People have been asking for an 8th Doctor annual ever since ‘Terraqueous Distributors’ first started the annuals project. And although we’ve wanted to, Big Finish have been doing a wonderful job, giving us years of adventures with the 8th Doctor.

However, back in 1996 once the TV Movie had aired, there was a strip that ran every week in the Radio Times, written by Gary Russell and beautifully illustrated by Lee Sullivan. These were the original continued adventures of the 8th Doctor, and his new companions Stacy and Ice Warrior – Ssard.

Like many other fans, we looked forward to picking up the Radio Times every Tuesday, just for this strip alone. It was so well written. And I remember at the time, being very disappointed when the strip ended.

So now we’re going back to the beginning of the 8th Doctor’s journey – when Doctor Who was brought back to our screens, after a seven year absence.

This is very much a 1997 annual. We’re going back to that amazing year, when everything was new! A new production team, a huge new Tardis interior, and an amazing new Doctor in Paul McGann. And new companions Stacy and Ssard. The 1997 annual will include features, puzzles, strips, and stories.

We have contributions from Gary Russell, Lee Sullivan, along with illustrations from great artists like Alister Pearson, Smuzz (2000ad fame), Paul Cooke and more.

‘The Dr Who unofficial annual 1997’ and ‘The Dr Who unofficial annual 1988’, will be released later this year.

For further information and updates please visit the Terraqueous Distributors Facebook page.

Categorised under: Annuals, diaries and calendars, Books


  • yeah baby

    May 5th, 2021 - 6:50pm

    Now that’s a gorgeous cover. This looks like its going to be great!

    I miss those old Radio Times strips – I will have to dig them out of the loft and catch up with.

    how do I get involved?

  • Dalekz

    May 4th, 2021 - 3:17pm

    I never read the Radio Times strips so this is the first I’m hearing about these 8th Doctor companions, looks nice tho.

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2021 - 4:01pm

      Yes I’ve never heard these strips either.
      All I hear about is when Dr who went off air after season 26 right up until Nu Who started,
      Apart from the Mcgann TV movie how barren and desolate Dr Who was. Without no show and hardly any merchandise it was christened the wilderness years.
      (That’s all I’ve ever heard really.)

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2021 - 4:36pm

      Loads of books, loads cds, magazines! All between 1990 and 2005

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2021 - 4:52pm

      Yes anonymous I don’t think it was quite as bad as some people make out.
      (Naming it the wilderness years was abit extreme).

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2021 - 6:04pm

      It is a bit of a misnomer.

    • Jason Z

      May 5th, 2021 - 2:23pm

      Ha you youth of today! 🙂 Doctor Who was very uncool at that time too. There were no new episodes (except the TV Movie, a failed pilot) and it felt like there never would be again. Matters improved very slightly after Curse of the Fatal Death. Only in hindsight does it look like it was a good time to be a fan. I ain’t going back there! Nooo you can’t make me go back…

  • Dalek Bumper Car

    May 3rd, 2021 - 8:14pm

    this looks FANTASTIC!

    love the terraqueous annuals, they are always really well put together.

    the characer shapes are very similar to those on the cover of the 1974 Doctor Who annual, very clever.

    a MUST have for me.

  • Anonymous

    May 3rd, 2021 - 11:51am

    Brilliant news. Was really hoping for a 1997 annual but i wasn’t sure how they would do it considering the copyright issues around the movie characters. A stacy and ssard annual is a great idea. Now i just have to wait for the links so i can order the 1988 and 1997 annuals! Oh, and a reprint of those comic strips is long overdue…

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2021 - 7:00pm

      Yeah it is cool and I saw it in DWM I think! Are these Dreadnought and the rest because I was actually thinking about how cool it would be if a compilation was made! 😀

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2021 - 8:38pm

      No, this won’t contain the RT strips. It’s copyrighted material, and cannot be included sadly. But there will be a nice article about the strips, featuring interviews with the team involved in their development. That might include some of Lee’s sketches 🙂

    • Anonymous

      May 5th, 2021 - 12:54am

      Not a reprint of the those strips. copyright. These are new stories.

  • Lets do Knitting

    May 3rd, 2021 - 11:31am

    These annuals have been fantastic and now another two to look forward to this year

  • bryan

    May 3rd, 2021 - 11:15am

    That cover is amazing. Saw a thumbnail of this in DSM, and wanted to click pre order then.

    How fantastic that these will be all new. With Ssard & Stacy. Wonderful.

  • Sons of Skaro

    May 3rd, 2021 - 11:15am

    It’s about time!

  • Fitz

    May 3rd, 2021 - 11:12am

    I’ve been tempted by a few of these, but this one is totally irresistible. Let’s hope they continue to fill the gap between 1996 and 2005!

    • Anonymous

      May 3rd, 2021 - 11:55am

      They are only doing annuals that would have been done. A 1990 annual for 1989 would have done and there may well have been a 1991 annual for 1990 considering the time it took to confirm the cancellation.

    • Fitz

      May 3rd, 2021 - 3:11pm

      Allow me my dreams! (But good to know, thanks)

    • Anonymous

      May 3rd, 2021 - 3:39pm

      Technically we have the 1990 Yearbooks, which leaves just Annuals 1990 and 1991 to cover, no? Then 1998 – 2005? I know there’s a non-Terraqueous Annual 1964 in the works too. So just 10 more to go, and we have Annuals/Yearbooks 1964-2021!

  • Hi

    May 3rd, 2021 - 10:51am

    Where would you order it from

    • booboo

      May 3rd, 2021 - 11:19am

      we will have the link when its available, its print on demand like the others

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