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Published on December 28th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Telegraph Peter Haining Obituary

Following the death of author Peter Haining last month, the Telegraph have published an obituary to the writer who for many Doctor Who fans provided a glimpse of a rich and wonderful past before the days of a video player in every home and BBC Video.

Haining, it seems, was not restricted to non-fiction tomes:

As well as his collections of other people’s writing, Haining wrote history and biographies of fictional historical characters such as Sweeney Todd and Spring-Heeled Jack. He wrote an early novel under his own name and produced several crime anthologies using the pseudonyms Ric Alexander and Richard Peyton.

Peter Haining was also a proponent of the lost art of "keeping a file" not to mention having a dress code to rival that of Kim Newman…

Eccentrically given to outrageous shirts and silly hats, Haining habitually clipped and tore items out of newspapers and magazines and filed them away, a magpie habit that yielded ideas for many of his books. "I’ve always moved on from one thing to the next," he once explained, "and the ideas just seem to keep on flowing.

I’m a writer for hire – that’s what I’ve been doing for 30 years and that’s what I enjoy doing."

For more information on the author of Doctor Who: a Celebration; Two Decades in Time and Space (1983) and Doctor Who: the Key To Time, a Year-by-Year Record, head on over to the Telegraph website.

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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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