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November 15th, 2023 13 comments

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Philip Hinchcliffe The DNA of Doctor Who Kickstarter

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The Kickstarter goes live here on Friday 17th November and concludes on Thursday 30th November.

Kickstarter launch for a new series of beautiful large-format books on the creative team behind BBC Television’s DOCTOR WHO!

Roundel Publishing is delighted to launch a new range of lavish books celebrating the creative forces behind BBC TV’s Doctor Who starting with THE DNA OF DOCTOR WHO: THE PHILIP HINCHCLIFFE YEARS!

THE DNA OF DOCTOR WHO takes a look at the creatives involved in making Doctor Who through the lens of newly-commissioned essays examining key themes, critical responses and reflections on the era in question. As the range progresses, this will build up in the ultimate library of reflections, criticism, evaluation and celebration of Doctor Who!

Opening with a book on arguably the most critically acclaimed era, THE DNA OF DOCTOR WHO: THE PHILIP HINCHCLIFFE YEARS examines the tenure of Philip Hinchcliffe, Producer of Doctor Who during Tom Baker’s reign, 1974-1977.

This launch book is available through Kickstarter in softback, hardback or deluxe hardback options including the option to receive signed copies, exclusive art prints and even the chance to get a personal message from Philip himself!

“It’ll be a different kind of book that’s been written, I think, about Doctor Who”
– Philip Hinchcliffe

The 188-page book includes essays ranging from disability representation and villainy in Doctor Who, where Doctor Who stood as a VT/film series in 70s TV through to the use of imagination to fire up children in Doctor Who and many more diverse subjects framed through the Hinchcliffe vision of Doctor Who, and the 16 stories making up Philip’s tenure.

To differentiate THE DNA OF DOCTOR WHO from other discourses that have examined the legacy of the series is that Philip Hinchcliffe will also be bringing his own observations on the areas covered within the essays alongside archive recollections and new interviews on his era.

The creative team includes:

  • Gary Russell (Editor) – a writer, producer and director, Gary will be well-known to many Doctor Who fans having been involved in many different aspects of the series.
  • Will Brooks (Designer) – resident ‘photo’ cover artist for Titan Comics between 2015 and 2019, Will produced over 160 covers for their Torchwood, Doctor Who and Sherlock ranges.
  • Philip Hinchcliffe (Writer) has been closely involved at all stages of this project, and we have made sure Philip’s voice is present alongside those of our contributors. This has been made possible through 25 hours of new interviews with Philip, undertaken by Graeme Burk together with almost 30 hours of archive journal interviews recorded in the 1990s, which Philip has made available from his private archives.

Kickstarter Perks, available to merchandise package backers, include:

  • Bonus DVDs containing commentaries for classic Doctor Who stories featuring Philip alongside a roster of on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent.
  • A newly commissioned video interview with Philip.
  • Archive convention footage featuring members of the Terror of the Zygons team.
  • Exclusive art prints in a collectors folio with the option to get them signed by creatives including TOM BAKER!
  • Extremely limited dustjacketed hardbacks with key art from Philips stories – these one of a kind pieces also come with a personal message recorded by Philip.

The Kickstarter goes live here on Friday 17th November and concludes on Thursday 30th November.

Roundel Publishing is a division of Room 5064 Enterprises, it’s sister publishing label CUTAWAY COMICS has successfully Kickstarted comics from the world of Doctor Who including Eric Saward’s LYTTON (“The SF noir of Blade Runner had it been realised in London“, We Are Cult), OMEGA (“The grand mythic tone gives [Cutaway] a very classy – and distinctive – new string to their bow”, Set the Tape), PARADISE TOWERS: PARADISE FOUND (“A triumph of colour over the forces of oppression”, The Tides of Time) and most recent titles SUTEKH, OMEGA: ELTRALLA and FAUSTINE, the first phase of their crossover GODS AND MONSTERS event.

More information can be found on the Cutaway Comics website at or by following Cutaway Comics on X @cutawayuniverse


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  • The Fishmonger

    December 23rd, 2023 - 5:34pm

    I forgot to go back to this and back it in time. Gutted

    • The Unlicensed Physician

      December 23rd, 2023 - 11:54pm

      It’s still there, left over packages via indiegogo link on the KS site updates section.

    • The Fishmonger

      December 26th, 2023 - 2:03pm

      Oh, thanks so much!

    • The Fishmonger

      December 26th, 2023 - 6:06pm

      Managed to get it, thanks Unlicensed Physician!!

  • Darwin

    November 17th, 2023 - 9:25am

    Undo the thinking that Davros is a genius scientist who’s keep himself alive well beyond his years via a mobile life support? I guess the character would be better represented by not having this implied backstory? I’ll go with Terry Nations’ ‘blinkered and damaging’ version of what led Davros to be what he’s become by Genesis. I’m not celebrating the new series for undoing things they clearly don’t even understand the narrative need for.

    • Auton

      December 23rd, 2023 - 6:32pm

      Totally agree

  • GuyTheZygon

    November 16th, 2023 - 7:04pm

    While his era is undoubtedlY mY favourite of all Classic Who, and in some significant part one has to give credit to the Producer, I found the man himself distinctly cold and unfriendlY at the ExCel 50th event – I was looking forward to a friendlY chat and perhaps a signing – quite a disappointment actuallY.

    • anon

      December 24th, 2023 - 2:17am

      …as they say ‘Never meet your heroes’ I made that mistake with some of the Star Trek cast!

    • Anonymous III

      December 25th, 2023 - 8:32am

      Anon: dish, please!

    • anon

      December 26th, 2023 - 1:16am

      I won’t go into specifics, but a number of the main Next Generation cast leave a lot to be desired. One certain ‘star’ I met at 3 different events was unpleasant at all, so you can’t really say it was an ‘off day’ for them. Whereas I have met a number of Guest Stars who were falling over themselves to be bright & pleasant & couldn’t wait to give you a personal autograph.

  • Rex F

    November 15th, 2023 - 5:54pm

    The sample pages of the essay on disability representation spend a lot of time talking about the new series. I can see and understand the reasons for going this way, using Genesis as a springboard for an essay about all Who, but it’s not what I’d personally want to read about in a book that’s supposed to be covering the Hinchcliffe era. I’d have thought it made more sense to use demo pages showing the new Hinchcliffe content? Good luck to the project though, and I know there are plenty of people who will sign up, but it’s probably not for me right now.

    • AxC

      November 16th, 2023 - 9:59am

      It’s a very odd thing to cover in the Hinchcliffe era. I’m trying to think of any other disabilities represented in that era and I can only think of robophobia and mental health.

      Terry Nation’s dismal old-fashioned fall back of ‘scientist in a wheelchair’ or ‘disabled genius’ is so dated. THAT should be the emphasis of the article. Let’s highlight his blinkered and damaging view rather than celebrate the new series’ attempts at undoing such thinking.

      As you say, it’s VERY off-putting.

    • Paul G

      November 17th, 2023 - 11:02am

      Yes, I think I’ll need to see a bit more before committing. It sounds great, but in a book about Classic era Who, I don’t really want articles about 21st century Who. I’m on the fence right now, but preparing to be swayed…

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