Celebrate Regenerate, the book made by the fans for the fans, is out now. (And what’s more, it’s free!)
The project, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who by focussing on what’s great about every single serial, began in July 2012 and has since expanded to include specials like A Fix with Sontarans, Time Crash and The Curse of Fatal Death; The Sarah Jane Adventures’ stories, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith and Death of the Doctor; and every televised story up until the Series 7 finale, The Name of the Doctor.
The book also features original art throughout, as well as special features and exclusive interviews with companion, Anneke Wills (Polly Wright); The Girl Who Waited scribe, Tom MacRae; Series 1 director, Joe Ahearn (Dalek; Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways); and the prolific Joe Lidster, whose credits include Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Big Finish’s Doctor Who range.
The book’s main selling point, however, is its collaborative take on the series as a whole – a true celebration from the people who love it. Editor, Lewis Christian, says:
“This project, for me, sums up how awesome fandom can be when it comes together. We’re only a tiny percentage of Doctor Who‘s *entire fandom* but I think this makes its mark on the history of the show, and I think it’s a wonderful addition to the countless other celebrations going on – if I may say so myself. And, of course, this would not be possible without you guys. Yes I put it together, but you all *made* the thing, so a big collective pat on the back! (Or, if you can’t reach, just give yourself a big thumbs up.)”
Published on 3rd July, the book is available to read for free both online and as a PDF download, and a physical copy is just £8.99, including a £1.00 donation to Children in Need. The remaining £7.99 pays solely for printing and shipping.
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s definitely worth it. I submitted a piece about The Power of Three late last year and I’m happy to say I made the cut. It’s so great to see such love not just for critically-acclaimed episodes like The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Midnight and The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon, but also for those underappreciated tales like The Space Museum, Time-Flight and Time and the Rani (are you sure about this? – Ed)
What’re you waiting for?! Dig in now!