Site Menu

October 11th, 2016 13 comments

Doctor Who: Dr. First Paperback

uk-flag-small Available to order in the UK from

usa-flag-small Available to order in the USA from #ad

Puffin Books (a division of Penguin Random House Children’s Books UK), BBC Worldwide and Sanrio Global Ltd are delighted to announce a new partnership.

Doctor Who meets The World of Hargreaves brings to life Doctor Who characters in the distinctive story-telling and illustrative style of Roger Hargreaves.

Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s (DW’s global publisher) , will publish these stories in the UK. Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House is master publisher and will release twelve titles, one for each Doctor.

These storybook mash-ups, written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, combine the iconic storytelling of Doctor Who with the whimsical humor and design made famous by his father, Roger Hargreaves. The first four books will be available in Spring 2017.

Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Random House Children’s Books, said, “As the global publisher of Doctor Who and champions of books which push creative boundaries, we are delighted to be publishing such unique and fun stories. We’re confident and excited they will appeal to the thousands of Doctor Who and Mr Men fans around the world”


Jan Paterson, Head of Book and Audio Publishing, BBC Worldwide commented, “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Sanrio on this fantastic project and think that fans will love these creative incarnations of the Doctor reimagined in the ‘Hargreaves’ style. We’re always looking for innovative ways to engage our fans so this is the perfect partnership for us.”

Alastair McHarrie, Licensing Director of Sanrio Global Ltd added, “There is a wealth of unofficial fan-created content online. We wanted to give something back to these supporters so we’ve created the first official Hargreaves mash-up. Who better to partner with than another classic British property, Doctor Who. We couldn’t be more excited.”

Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of Price Stern Sloan, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, added, “It is such a special moment for us to unite these two great properties. Our books bring Hargreaves’ wonderful, fun style to the mysterious, magical world of Doctor Who. I know we’re going to delight fans of all ages!”

About Roger Hargreaves

Roger Hargreaves, best-known for the Mr Men Little Miss series, wrote and created numerous other books and series including Count Worm, Timbuctoo and Hippo, Potto, Mouse. With lifetime sales over 250 million his stories have brought fun and laughter to children for over four decades.

About Sanrio

Shintaro Tsuji founded Sanrio in Japan in 1960 with the motto “Small Gift, Big Smile” and the aim of bringing happiness to people’s lives through inexpensive fancy goods. Throughout the years his company has created and licensed over 400 characters appealing to ages 0 to forever. It is indeed not only home to superstar Hello Kitty, but a global brand concentrating on marketing classic characters like My Melody, Kerokerokeroppi, Bad Badtz-Maru, Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, Sugarbunnies, Chococat, Tuxedo Sam, Jewelpet, Kuromi, Charmmykitty and new acquisitions like British icons Mr. Men Little Miss. Sanrio today joins forces with the most respected companies in fashion, streetwear, cosmetics, hi-tech, toys to bring smiles to the coolest brands: as Hello Kitty says, you can never have too many friends!

About Doctor Who

Doctor Who has been enthralling families for over five decades on BBC One, as the Doctor and his many companions do battle with Daleks, Cybermen and a myriad of alien foes. On BBC One In Spring 2017, The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) will be joined by new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie) as they travel the universe, embarking on new and exciting adventures across space and time.

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively.

With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital English- and Spanish-language trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Categorised under: Books, Story books


  • shatner

    October 13th, 2016 - 2:52pm

    Always loved Mr men and little Miss. Ordered mine I hope the kids love them, I’m sure I will

  • Floppy Who

    October 13th, 2016 - 7:24am

    Yay! My 1970s childhood is making a comeback!

    I wonder what’s next? A range of Ladybird Books maybe?

    – “People at work: The Time Lords”
    – ” The Story of Time Travel”
    – “How it Works: The Mark III Travel Machine”

    • The Monitor

      October 13th, 2016 - 8:05pm

      Very good, that would work too. All this homage stuff is sometimes more interesting than new fiction. It’s a great novelty.

      I guess I should leave some space on my shelf for:-

      Haynes Manual-Edwardian Roadsters: Model Bessie
      Haynes Manual-K9 mk I,II and III

      or perhaps a bit more useful:-

      Lett’s Study Guide: Ghost-Light

      or even:-

      The Third Doctor’s Wine Guide: Book 1: Cynical but not sardonic

    • Anonymous

      October 23rd, 2016 - 11:18pm

      Having read the original Ladybird & Mr Men books when younger, I found the new revamped ‘Adult’ Ladybird retro-books hilarious. I think these Mr Men books will also do very nicely!

  • Asher H

    October 12th, 2016 - 5:56pm

    Part of me thinks it’s cute and the rest thinks it’s ludicrous

  • Tom Baker Plush

    October 11th, 2016 - 9:11pm

    I wonder if these are gonna be aimed at kids or at adults who grew up with the original books and would see them as nostalgia. I have a feeling it’s the latter since most of them are gonna be about the classic Doctors.

  • Chris Aldridge

    October 11th, 2016 - 7:17pm

    i would get these for my 3 year old as a way of slyly getting him into Doctor Who lol.

    • Jason Z

      October 12th, 2016 - 3:43pm

      My wife and I talked about these in front of our three year old and now she’s interested- without me even trying! Playing with Doctor Who Lego helped, too, no doubt.

  • Doctor

    October 11th, 2016 - 4:54pm


    • Dr RevWho

      October 11th, 2016 - 6:53pm

      I don’t think any of the Mr Men ever really wore clothes.

      But, at least they’re wearing their shoes, I guess? 😛

    • Kevin cupit

      October 11th, 2016 - 11:04pm

      Have you ever read or looked at a Mr Men book, somehow I don’t think so, & how does it look wrong when nothing is showing !

  • The Super Whovian

    October 11th, 2016 - 4:49pm

    Ha ha good April fools joke. Wait a minutes its October. Wow I don’t know what to think of this.So is the Doctor canon in the Mr Men and Little Miss world. Is there even a canon story line in the Mr Men and Litlle Miss world.

  • whorules

    October 11th, 2016 - 3:39pm

    er… well don’t think i’ll bother!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get your own avatar.
By clicking submit you agree to our terms and conditions (below), we reserve the right to edit or delete inappropriate messages.

Comment rules

The Doctor Who site welcomes constuctive comments related to the news article in question. Links posted in comments may not be displayed. We reserve the right to delete or edit any post entirely at our discretion. If you leave unacceptable comments your IP address will be banned and reported

Click here to read full comments terms and conditions

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.