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Published on November 22nd, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Peter Haining Dies

We’ve learned via Outpost Gallifrey that author Peter Haining – responsible for several non-fiction Doctor Who books in the 1980s – has died.

Most notable in his works was the 20th Anniversary volume Doctor Who : A Celebration; Two Decades Through Time and Space (1983), however his later books were popular with fans, such as:

  • The Key to Time : A Year by Year Record (1984)
  • The Doctor Who File (1986)
  • The Time-Travellers Guide (1987)
  • The Nine Lives of Doctor Who (1999)

Haining’s work wasn’t limited to Doctor Who or sci-fi, being responsible for books on James Bond, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley and Bridget Bardot to name but a few.

Peter Haining also edited numerous fantasy and horror anthologies from 1966 onwards, and won a special British Fantasy Award, the Karl Edward Wagner Award, in 2001.

He was 67, and a heart attack is believed to have been the cause of death.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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