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August 12th, 2022 25 comments

Doctor Who and the Daleks (Illustrated edition) Hardcover

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By DAVID WHITAKER Illustrated by ROBERT HACK With an introduction by NEIL GAIMAN

A special illustrated version of Doctor Who and the Daleks, the first and greatest Doctor Who novel, will be published this Autumn.

‘[Doctor Who and the Daleks] was my talisman … read this book. Visit another world’– Neil Gaiman

Doctor Who and the Daleks was the very first Doctor Who novel, published in 1964, the year after the show began. Written by Doctor Who’s story editor, David Whitaker, its rich style and depth of characterisation helped set the bar for the hundreds of Doctor Who novels and novelisations that followed. Now BBC Books is delighted to be publishing an edition of Whitaker’s classic that brings a visual element to match his peerless text, with lavish illustrations by acclaimed comic book artist Robert Hack.

Adapted from Terry Nation’s first Dalek story, Doctor Who and the Daleks sees Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright caught up in the flight through time and space of the mysterious Doctor and his granddaughter Susan. They travel in the TARDIS to the planet Skaro, where they strive to save the peace-loving Thals from the evil intentions of the hideous Daleks. Can they succeed? And if they do, will Ian and Barbara ever again see their native Earth?

This is the ultimate edition of an iconic novel – a deluxe volume that embraces both proud tradition and modern innovation to present the drama of a Dalek dystopia as you’ve never seen it before..

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  • Richard

    August 9th, 2022 - 3:30pm

    I’ve ordered mine, looks very nice indeed.

  • Anonymous

    August 8th, 2022 - 4:15pm

    Very nice looking. I would buy this format for all the reprints of classic novels.

  • Andrew

    August 7th, 2022 - 7:45pm

    Lets hope Doctor Who and the Cybermen is next

    • MDS

      August 7th, 2022 - 9:42pm

      For Troughton I would like Tomb of the Cybermen or The Ice Warriors
      Pertwee – The Cave Monsters or Curse of Peladon
      T. Baker – The Ark in Space or Pyramids of Mars
      Davison – Earthshock or Enlightenment
      C.Baker – Vengeance on Varos or The Two Doctors
      McCoy – The Curse of Fenric or Battlefield

      Once we have one of each of the Classic Doctors hopefully we will more New Doctors Novelisations to choose from.

  • Rory

    August 3rd, 2022 - 9:28am

    Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction to the reprint of The Daleks, so will this be the same introduction, or perhaps revised to comment on the illustrations, or even completely new?

  • Chris Howarth

    August 3rd, 2022 - 9:11am

    Looks really nice, but I must have a dozen different editions of this book already, I’m not sure I need another… If it’s cheap in The Works I may pick one up.

  • [email protected] Labs

    August 2nd, 2022 - 11:03pm

    I’ll be having one of those. Cracking illustrations. The kind of book that would make a wonderful Christmas present.

  • Jay

    August 2nd, 2022 - 7:00pm

    Very impressed by the look of this. I will definitely be buying.

  • Billy

    August 2nd, 2022 - 4:30pm

    Well this certainly came from no where. Only hope it’s not abridged. Though I’m guessing it will be. Still, worth a look though.

    • Anon

      August 2nd, 2022 - 5:53pm

      Don’t think it is abridged. I’m not getting it as I have a perfectly serviceable copy and money is becoming increasingly tight but it looks good

  • pupbenny

    August 2nd, 2022 - 2:33pm

    Wow, I really like the look of these Daleks on the cover. The colour scheme is really different and interesting.

  • Book collector

    February 20th, 2022 - 1:54am

    This has disappeared from all listings now. Not sure what’s happening or if it is getting released or not. Same thing happened last year with a new Tom Baker autobiography that was announced then vanished.

  • Michael Parsons

    February 15th, 2022 - 1:33am

    once again I agree with the comment above why on earth have they not printed the original first Dalek story follow up or follow on from an unearthly child

  • Cymon

    February 8th, 2022 - 5:12am

    Amazon have just said this has been moved back to 10th November

  • bob hellier

    February 5th, 2022 - 9:55am

    is this a book which includes every dalek story up to date latest being eve of the daleks or is it just about early dalek stories in the1960s

    • Book collector

      February 5th, 2022 - 10:43am

      It’s the David Whitaker novelisation of the first dalek story

  • Michael Parsons

    February 4th, 2022 - 8:47am

    though I welcome this is it not time we had a novel of the original Dalek story the follow on from an unearthly child which has not been printed yet this story is good very good but this is the one set at barns common

    • Bobby Davros

      August 2nd, 2022 - 1:18pm

      That’s right we need a whole new book because the first couple of pages of this is on Barnes Common(?).

  • Rob W

    February 3rd, 2022 - 7:12pm

    The 2016 Ebury Publishing hardback was 160 pages. This BBC Books version is 256 pages according to the current description…

    • Book collector

      February 3rd, 2022 - 8:38pm

      The page count increases because of the amount of illustrations.

    • Rob W

      February 4th, 2022 - 8:48am

      Thanks mate.

  • MJS

    February 3rd, 2022 - 12:17pm

    What is this? Hasn’t it always been illustrated? Unless is a large format book with new illustrations. Or, as I hope, it’s a large format illustrated version of the movie

    • bryan

      February 3rd, 2022 - 12:42pm

      Its Written by David Whitaker MJS, which indicates its the original novel. Which has had illustrations from the original, i cant remember if the recent 2016 hardback version had any illustrations.

      I would love this to have full colour plates throughout but as the last version has 160 pages and the new version above 256. Its looking very promising .

    • Book collector

      February 3rd, 2022 - 1:00pm

      I think it will be similar to the Harry Potter illustrated books. Large format with full colour illustrations throughout the text.

    • Jim

      February 3rd, 2022 - 8:09pm

      The dimensions on it indicate large format as well

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