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October 11th, 2016 11 comments

Doctor Who: Dr. Twelfth Paperback

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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.

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  • shatner

    October 14th, 2016 - 2:10pm

    Will there be a Dr of war

    • booboo

      October 14th, 2016 - 2:21pm

      I some how doubt it

    • The Outcast

      October 14th, 2016 - 3:03pm

      I think they are only releasing twelve from what I’ve read else where. Its sad that the War Doctor is often left out of things, but its understandable seeing as he only fought in the Time War.

    • The Flying Shark

      June 2nd, 2017 - 7:01pm

      Also, wouldn’t a children’s book about war be sort of inappropriate? (It’s the only story they can really do with him)

  • Peter

    October 11th, 2016 - 7:39pm

    Mr. Cash-In

  • The Legend Doctor Mysterio

    October 11th, 2016 - 6:26pm

    Gosh i used to love the Mr Men Collection!

  • Anonymous

    October 11th, 2016 - 4:45pm

    I remember buying the Mr men books when I was in Primary 1
    I got them all but I Grew out of them but now Doctor Who’s involved
    I must buy them

  • prototype dalek

    October 11th, 2016 - 3:35pm

    Novel idea

  • Jordan Scott

    October 11th, 2016 - 2:39pm

    Haha! This is a brilliant idea!

  • EndlessTimelord

    October 11th, 2016 - 2:00pm

    These are awesome! 😀

  • DWCR

    October 11th, 2016 - 1:36pm

    He’s so cute


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