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February 24th, 2021 42 comments

Doctor Who: Chronicles Issue 1: 1965

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Doctor Who: Chronicles is a new series of bookazines from the makers of Doctor Who Magazine.

Examining the landmark years of the show’s history in unprecedented detail, the first issue looks at 1965, when the most popular episodes of Doctor Who attracted more than 13 million viewers and Dalekmania reached its peak with the release of the first feature film based on the series.

This 116-page bookazine features newly discovered images and all-new features, including: a summary of the year’s most significant events in the Doctor Who universe (both on and off screen); the rarest items of Dalek memorabilia; designs for Galaxy 4 toys that never went on sale; the untold story behind a Dalek-voiced TV commercial; how Doctor Who was reported in the popular press; insights into the BBC’s Audience Research Reports; a look at the first Doctor Who annual, a tribute to The Daleks comic-strip artist Richard Jennings; The Curse of the Daleks, the first theatre production based on the series; special effects and production techniques; overviews of The Rescue, The Romans, The Web Planet, The Crusade, The Space Museum, The Chase, The Time Meddler, Galaxy 4, Mission to the Unknown, The Myth Makers and The Daleks’ Master Plan – and much more.

Doctor Who: Chronicles – 1965 is on sale from 24 February, RRP just £9.99 from and selected branches of WH Smith. It’s also available digitally from priced £8.99.

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  • Keith Millward

    April 14th, 2021 - 8:16pm

    Has anyone a digital copy of this?

  • brian mattocks

    March 11th, 2021 - 11:59pm

    every time I try and order this its not in stock or error codes, how does anyone get a copy????

    • Dunc

      March 12th, 2021 - 9:04am

      I have a feeling its sold out. I looked on the dwm homepage and it’s on there but when I clicked on it, it went to a list of available issues and it wasn’t among them. It’s on Ebay but you’ll end up paying more.

    • Anonymous

      March 14th, 2021 - 1:20pm

      I rang Panini…. more stock will be coming in, but i got a copy today in Sainsburys

  • Richard

    March 4th, 2021 - 11:53am

    Anyone know why Panini UK store haven’t got this listed at all?

  • Bill Silver

    February 26th, 2021 - 2:31pm

    Absolutely amazing magazine, bookazine or whatever. 1965 was the year I discovered Doctor who, and in particular the Daleks. And this publication has it all. It also name checks the Palace Cinema on Erdington High Street in Birmingham where one of the winners of the TV21 “Win a Dalek competition” claimed his prize. And where I first saw “Doctor Who and the Daleks”. A life altering experience.
    Roll on “The Doctor Who Chronicles 1967” I say. Hope it’s not too long a wait.

  • Kevin225

    February 26th, 2021 - 1:09pm

    Noting a number of people’s comments below (and I’ve purchased The Complete History myself) I got hold of a copy myself this morning. It is quite nice and if you can afford it and can get hold of a copy I would recommend it.

  • Haza14

    February 25th, 2021 - 12:19pm

    Interesting range, I gave up on the bookazines after the first few “Essentials” came out. They seemed a lot for what they were and it was often information that was available elsewhere or that didn’t interest me very much.

    These look good, if possibly a bit similar to the complete history set. I can’t see them doing every year in the shows history though, that would be a 10+ year commitment. I think they’ll just pick and choose years for as long as they’re popular. Think I’ll give this one a miss but if they do 1974 or 2005 I’ll definitely consider picking them up.

    I still prefer the companion specials that they do as almost like the “official” guides to each episode. Looking forward to the next 12th Doctor one although it’s been a while now. I hope it’s still coming! Once they’ve got up to date with them, I’d love to see them tackle some classic seasons with the same treatment!

  • Dunc

    February 25th, 2021 - 9:22am

    Anyone else order this from the who shop? I’ve not had any updates.

    • Coleman

      February 25th, 2021 - 11:24am

      I usually pick them up from WH Smiths.
      Nearest one to where I live is Doncaster, so I’ll wait till things are more normal then pop in and get my copy.
      Usually get the normal Dr Who mags from Cortonwood Morrisons nr Barnsley, unfortunately they never get any specials in.

    • booboo

      February 25th, 2021 - 11:58am

      they only just arrived and are being sent out

    • Dunc

      February 25th, 2021 - 1:53pm

      Thanks for they replies. Very much appreciated.

    • Timelord63

      February 25th, 2021 - 2:02pm

      Ordered mine from WHO Shop in January. Think they’re still waiting for stock.

    • booboo

      February 25th, 2021 - 2:15pm

      this might help

    • Alan Silvester

      February 26th, 2021 - 2:08pm

      Mine must have been in that 100, booboo, because I received my copy an hour ago. Well packaged and looking great. Thank you, Who Shop – I hope more volumes/years will follow.

  • GuyTheZygon

    February 25th, 2021 - 12:08am

    Looks excellent but, assuming (ultimately) all years will be covered (they may not, but who would collect a series with a highly subjective choice of ‘key’ years that’s full of uncovered gaps) – that’s 57 years to cover…surely (aside from the odd rediscovered photo) these will be largely a rehash of previously covered material.
    Even with an unlikely “quarterly” magazine release, that’s well over 14 Years before the collection (even just up to the present, not beyond!) will be complete; and given the marketing drive to always use the ‘current’ logo, unless a clear advance commitment to remain consistent is made, no way will the cover presentation remain the same across the entire range…
    It may just seem a trivial cosmetic concern, but DVDs aside (so far! – thanks only to their thoughtfullY ‘reversible’ covers), it’s exasperating how every conceivable longterm line of Who merchandise has failed in this respect!

    • Evan Marshall

      February 25th, 2021 - 4:37pm

      They won’t be doing 57 years. Not much point in doing 1990-95 and 1997-2004 for starters. Also, it doesn’t really matter if the logo changes on the front does it? If such things matter, then as long as the spines stay broadly consistent then that’s more important. There were five different logos across the Target books – no one says there wasn’t any point in doing them without the same logo the whole way across the range. Nothing would ever get made or produced if we thought, “We’ll only do this if the logo can stay the same right to the end,” – including the TV show itself!

    • GuyTheZygon

      February 26th, 2021 - 9:03am

      wel u do have a point re: 1990-95 and 97-2004, but otherwise I disagree -consistent look does matter to a Lot of us -but then differing opinions all part of the fun! no need for anY of us to go oops upsideYo head hahahaha 😀

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    February 24th, 2021 - 11:12pm

    Picked this up today in Sainsbury’s. Looks to have some good content and ‘new’ photos.

    It does appear there will be an issue covering i suspect 63/64 because there are individual chapters on Vicki, Sara, Katerina and Steven, but none on Ian, Barbara and Susan.

    Must admit they can think again if they think i’ll be spending a tenner on 58 issues of this. lol.

  • Bundy

    January 25th, 2021 - 9:46pm

    I would have thought 1963 would have been the best place to start when considering “the landmark years of the show’s history” (assuming they are moving in chronological order).

    • Gareth Pugh

      January 25th, 2021 - 10:07pm

      I’m not assuming that to be honest. Panini (with Hachette) deliberately jumped back and forth between eras on The Complete History to keep things varied and fresh and I’d imagine we might see a similar approach with these. For instance, I wouldn’t be surprised to see, say, 2005 as the one after this and then 1970 etc. (I’m totally inventing those as selections just for the sake of argument!)

    • Anonymous

      January 26th, 2021 - 11:57am

      The reason for choosing 1965 may have something to do with the Daleks. Recent issues of the regular magazine have unearthed some new and interesting material relating to the “Dalekmania” phenomenon, that peaked in this year. The production design special that came out not so long ago, featured an article on Bill Constable, Production designer for the Amicus Dalek movies. Featuring a lot that can truly claim to be “Never before seen”. Who knows what else Marcus Hearn and Co uncovered, whilst putting together these earlier issues that would require a special magazine in which to present any new material. Be it in the form of articles, interviews or photographs. Personally I would love to see just one pic of Edward De Souza with the Daleks from “Mission to the Unknown” that isn’t from a recon.

    • Anonymous

      January 26th, 2021 - 6:41pm

      Trouble with starting with 1963 is it only covers six episodes (an unearthly child 4, and 2 of the daleks). So not much apart from going into preproduction material.

    • Bobby Davros

      January 26th, 2021 - 11:58pm

      I’m sure 1963 will be covered in a “1963/64” issue if this series continues.

    • Anonymous

      February 24th, 2021 - 9:48pm

      I guess a 1963 could cover the whole creation and build up of Doctor Who, what TV was like then, casting process, background on Verity and Sidney, early design and then the launch and first 6 episodes. Plenty to write about if you go down that route.

    • Pete Wilson

      February 25th, 2021 - 4:38pm

      To be quite honest Years Like 1963 wouldn’t be much (5 weeks of Programmes) and would there be enough “new” Photos to fill up 100 plus pages even with pre-series material

      Does anybody know how often they are planning to release these?

  • Paul Loveday

    January 25th, 2021 - 6:17pm

    If anyone is interested then a good way to make sure you never miss a dr who bookazine is to subscribe to and order your copy through these guys.
    I’ve never missed a issue yet and saves me a trip to smiths where they don’t always have a copy in stock.
    Hope this helps many who have missed out in the past.

  • Rich

    January 25th, 2021 - 4:54pm

    So, how well do the Who Shop pack?

  • Sascha

    January 25th, 2021 - 4:21pm

    Only @who Shop or elsewhere for international sellers?
    Hope everyones ok so far – stay healthy and Greetings from germany

    • booboo

      January 25th, 2021 - 4:24pm

      not seen it anywhere else yet.

    • Coleman

      January 25th, 2021 - 4:52pm

      Once released, there’s always the Ebay option. I’m sure someone on their will be selling it.
      I’ve bought quite a few StarWars items on eBay from Germany and the postage as been fairly reasonable. ( Much better than USA anyway).

  • MJS

    January 23rd, 2021 - 10:36pm

    Is this going to be a regular thing? With 1 year every so often? Having spent the best part of a grand in collecting the History collection, i’m reluctant to do the same again

    • Shane McEntee

      January 24th, 2021 - 11:49am

      Probably 4 a year like with the Essential Doctor Who bookazines.

    • The Flying Shark

      January 24th, 2021 - 3:26pm

      There will most likely be 3 a year-if you have the Complete History books, I very very much doubt these will be worth the extra money

    • MJS

      January 25th, 2021 - 6:21pm

      Thanks Flying Shark, that was my thinking and I’m inclined to agree with you.

    • Gareth Pugh

      March 1st, 2021 - 9:16am

      Having now got the first issue of this 1965, good news is it definitely doesn’t tread the same ground as The Complete History – that confined itself (brilliantly) to the making of the TV stories; if anything, this appears to focus on the Doctor Who as a total phenomenon – the Merch, the comics, other TV shows around that year, other DW events etc. There are 2-page overviews of the stories broadcast within 1965 but not really a focus on their production as such. In short, these are clearly not trying to be episode guides in the way the DWM ‘Season Companions’ for modern Who are.

  • Sascha

    January 23rd, 2021 - 9:19pm

    Only @who Shop or elsewhere for international sellers?
    Hope everyones ok so far – stay healthy and Greetings from germany

  • James

    January 22nd, 2021 - 3:17pm

    Out 24th February. Depending on delivery days depends when it’s on the shelves in stores. Urge people to support there local newsagents and buy in a shop where possible. Always available at WHSmith. When the barcode details are available I will post them so you can your local stores nearer the time

  • Anonymous

    January 22nd, 2021 - 3:10pm

    Can’t wait for this! 1965, “The year of the Daleks”.

  • Bobby Davros

    January 22nd, 2021 - 2:57pm

    Wouldn’t seasons have made more sense? Is this going to cut out halfway through Masterplan?

  • Anonymous

    January 22nd, 2021 - 12:56pm

    This is going to be like the collection but in magazine form

    • Phil

      January 22nd, 2021 - 4:11pm

      Hopefully it will fill the niche that the Collection left – as an older fan, it scratched an itch from childhood and had some lovely illustrations, but the actual content only touched very lightly on some of the context and discursive bits you get in the better DWM articles. I think this could be a very good series, with another opportunity to publish newly discovered photos from the era. The focus on a simple year rather than series is a bit of a compromise with the casual magazine shopper, not sure they actually exist at the moment!

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