Doctor Who Annual 1986 was the twentieth and final Doctor Who annual published by World Distributors. It was released in August 1985.

Overview Edit

Release Number 20
Publisher World Distributors
Released in August 1985
Priced £3.25
Format Hardback 64 pages
Featured Doctor: The Sixth Doctor
Featured Companions: Peri
Featured Enemies: The Master

Contents Edit

Text stories Edit

Features Edit

Additional notes Edit

  • Unusually, at the expense of new content, this annual featured three full-page colour publicity shots of the Sixth Doctor taken at his costume launch, showing him with the TARDIS, fishing and with a multi-coloured umbrella (hastily provided to protect the costume from rain during the photocall).
  • This was to be the last of the regular annuals published by World Distributors.
  • Both John Nathan-Turner and the publishers, World Distributors, had become increasingly frustrated with each other, along with the show's 18-month hiatus (resulting in no new Doctor Who on television) and a reported decline in sales the previous year. The decision was reached that the license to publish the Doctor Who Annual would not be renewed.
  • World Distributors did publish a further bumper sized volume (entitled Doctor Who Special: Journey Through Time), which featured reprinted pages from previous annuals and The Amazing World of Doctor Who book. This was similar to their earlier Adventures in Time and Space volume.
  • It was to be many years before there was another Doctor Who annual. It was not published by World Distributors.
  • For five of the in-between years (1991-1995) Marvel UK (publishers of Doctor Who Magazine) published a regular Doctor Who Yearbook which followed a format similar to the annuals, offering a mix of text stories, comic strip stories and features. These were significantly different from annuals in one respect. They did not review the year in question. Instead, they offered a mix of stories from every Doctor's era.
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