About a year ago, we featured a lovely book here on Kasterborous called Fifty Years In Time And Space: A Short History Of Doctor Who. (Here, in fact.)
Ah, a year ago.
Little did we know that soon we’d be hearing that the beloved Eleventh Doctor, that very old man with the hearts of a child, would soon be ending his journeys in the TARDIS. While the return of Doctor Who brought many new fans to the show, somehow the charm of a gawky, lanky young man named Matt Smith would bring many more new fans to the series from across the globe.
But now that we are about to embark on the adventures of the Twelfth Doctor, St. Mark’s Press has released a revised and updated version of Fifty Years In Time And Space to include Smith’s era and a look to the future of the show with Peter Capaldi at the front.
The revised edition features an new cover, drawn by Roger Langridge, a DWM illustrator, with William Hartnell and Peter Capaldi giving each other one-eyed prickly looks.
If you’ve not had the pleasure of reading the original, author Frank Danes sums it up as –
This book aims to be a guide to fifty years of the series for those who like Doctor Who and want to learn more about it. It aims to be of interest to readers who enjoy the post 2005 revival and want to know more about the original series. I also hope it will be of interest to the die hard, knowledgeable fans who, perhaps lifelong fans like me, devour anything about Doctor Who that they can get their hands on. It is inevitably a personal reading of the series and is coloured by my own critical preferences…I was born in 1965 – on a Saturday, in fact, and just in time to watch ‘Galaxy Four’ episode two.
The Southland Times in New Zealand even had this to say about Fifty Years In Time And Space:
If there was such a thing as a time traveler’s check list, Frank Danes would tick every box with his Short History of Doctor Who. He knows what is good, what is bad and what is ugly and he’s not afraid to talk about these things. Danes’ book is… for anyone who wants to understand its history, whether they have been with the show since Hartnell or joined it at any point in its half century.
And here’s the best part – the publisher has offered you, dear Kasterborous reader, a great deal! The regular price for the book is £11.95, but if you mention that you saw this write-up here on Kasterborous to them, they will send you a SIGNED copy for only £8.25 including postage! They’ve even said for those non-UK residents a price of £15 including postage will be available.
If you’d like to take St. Mark’s up on this offer, email firstname.lastname@example.org