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Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction series in the world.
Launched with little fuss by the BBC in November 1963, it quickly became established as must-see television: a fixture in British popular culture and consciousness. The original show ran for 26 years and the revival, launched in 2005, took the show into its sixth decade. Doctor Who continues to captivate and delight over 100 million viewers in over 100 countries worldwide.
In its six decade run, Doctor Who has tracked and embodied the social, political and cultural changes in the UK and the world. Doctor Who has tackled the threats of fascism, environmental disaster, religious fanaticism and the mythical forces of evil. In the person of the Doctor himself – and herself – the programme has given us a hero as immortal in appeal as Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood.
Six Decades of Adventure in Space and Time is no dry academic tome, but a witty and engaging gallop through the history of Doctor Who. It is both for the diehard fan and the viewer who has just joined the show. It is the only one-volume history and reference book of the series you will ever need.
Read Six Decades of Adventure – be the Doctor’s companion for a crazy voyage through time and space!
Six Decades of Adventure in Space and Time by Frank Danes, first published September 2018.
Review by Rick Lundeen thedoctorwhocompanion.com March 2019:
I thought I knew just about everything of note about Doctor Who at this point but no, no, no. I did indeed learn more… For me at least, this could very well be the last “history of…” book I’d ever really need when it comes to Doctor Who. And thus, I am content…Mr. Danes gives us a solid, comfortable, amusing, and always very informative read.