Funded by loyal Whovians, the book is compiled by Steve Berry, who undertook the massive mission of getting over 100 celebrities to donate anecdotes about Doctor Who in memory of his mother, Janet, who passed away in 2009. 100% of the profits go to Alzheimer’s Research UK, and while the first editions have all sold out on MyShopify, a second batch is winging its way to online retailers like Amazon (who have it for just £10.49!).
Contributors include writers like Chris Chibnall (42; Dinosaurs on a Spaceship), Paul Cornell (Father’s Day; Human Nature/ The Family of Blood) and Tony Lee (IDW’s ongoing comic series); actors like Nicola Bryant (Peri), Julian Glover (Scaroth in City of Death) and Hugh Bonneville (Curse of the Black Spot’s Captain Henry Avery); and comedians like Charlie Brooker, Stephen Merchant, and Jon Culshaw (well-known for his impersonation of Tom Baker).
Oh, and Michael Grade. Y’know. The bloke responsible for many years worth of pain. Yeah, him. Berry said:
“I always had a sneaking suspicion that everyone in the world loves Doctor Who. Now I have proof! If I could get all the famous names who contributed to this book into one room, it would be the maddest Doctor Who party ever. Until then, their favourite memories of the programme are preserved for all to see. Plus, everyone who buys a copy will be helping to give hope to the 820,000 people in the UK living with dementia today.”