When I was eight, my parents bought me a book about Doctor Who for Christmas. They’ve been regretting it ever since. I can still remember that book – it contained information on every story and all five Doctors contributed in some way or other – and even if one of the Doctors did grumpily say he didn’t like the Daleks that much, I didn’t mind, as it was definitely the best Christmas present ever and I think I read it in hushed silence until New Year’s Eve.
“The Doctor: His Lives And Times” is our attempt to bring silence to your house this Christmas. A lot of time has passed since I was 8 – there are now 12 Doctors (at least!) and fifty years of Doctor Who to try and fit in.
Firstly, this is the story of all the Doctors, written by the people who knew him the best. Sometimes the tale is told by his friends, sometimes by his enemies. And sometimes the Doctor himself tells the story – whether it’s a scribble in the margin of a foiled invasion plan, or notes he’s left on a fridge. The Doctor has met so many people, and a lot of them turn up to contribute – including two Prime Ministers, three Queens, and one robot dog. Authors of original stories have added extra material – Neil Gaiman’s given us a prelude to one of his episodes, and Russell T Davies has provided a tutorial in alien languages.
Secondly, this is the history of the making of the best television programme ever, as told by the people who made it. Together with a team of researchers we’ve scoured the archives for rare quotes, and we’ve interviewed Doctors, companions, and monsters, to bring you the story of a small children’s programme that grew over half a century into a worldwide phenomena.
Finally, this is a book for everyone who likes Doctor Who. We’ve approached some of the remarkable people who’ve been involved in the show – from writers like Mark Gatiss, to actors like Paul McGann and John Barrowman – and asked them to talk about an adventure that meant something to them. We’ve also managed to get contributions from Richard Dawkins, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AL Kennedy. If you’re someone who loves Doctor Who, then this book will tell you why you’re not alone.
To celebrate the publication of The Doctor: His Lives And Times, Tesco are giving you the chance to win a family ticket to the DW Experience and a Family Merchandise pack. Plus 10 runner-ups prizes of signed DW: His Lives and Times and sets of the 50th Anniversary novel books.
To win all you have to do answer this question in the comments section below…
Which actor has been your favourite Doctor and why?
Buy your copy of The Doctor: His Lives and Times in store from the 26th September!
Terms and Conditions
1. By entering this competition, you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions. All entry instructions form part of the terms & conditions of this competition.
2. This competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over who is a resident of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, except for employees of Random House UK Ltd (promoter), its subsidiary companies, their families and any other company connected with the competition.
3. The closing date is midnight on the 11/10/2013. Entries that are illegible or received after the closing date will not be considered. The promoter is not responsible for entries delayed or lost in the post. Proof of postage is not proof of receipt.
4. There is one first prize of a Family ticket to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff and a Family Merchandise pack, details as follows:
- Travel and overnight stay in Cardiff included.
- Ticket includes: 2 × Adult and 2 × child tickets (a child is someone under 16 years old)
- 2 × Children’s exclusive Doctor Who Experience t-shirts
- 2 × Doctor Who Experience brochures
- 2 × Packs of seven exclusive Doctor Who Experience post cards
- 2 × “I’ve flown the TARDIS” official certificates
- Restrictions: The prize must be redeemed before 31st December 2014. Merchandise packs will be given at the venue (ie. not posted).
And 10 sets of Doctor Who 50th Anniversary books as Runner-Up prizes.
5. Events may occur which render the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend or suspend with or without notice.
6. The competition will be judged by the promoter within 7 working days of the closing date (i.e. by the 18/10/2013) and the winner will be notified by email within 14 working days of the closing date (i.e. by the 25/10/2013).
7. The promoter will use your personal information only for the purposes of this competition. Your personal details will not be kept on file by the promoter and will not be passed on to any third parties.
8. No purchase necessary to enter the competition.
9. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the competition.
10. These terms and conditions are subject to English Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
11. The promoter’s contact details are: Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 2SA
12. To enter the competition, post your answer to the following question in the comments below the blog: Which actor has been your favourite Doctor?