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Doctor Who From A to Z was a reference book published in 1998.

Subject matter[]

A collection of articles (with a loose alphabetically arranged theme) exploring aspects of the Doctor Who world in an interesting and trivia packed way by writer and former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, Gary Gillatt.

Publisher's summary[]

A Celebration of 35 years of adventures in Time and Space

Take a new look at Doctor Who

Inside sleeve[]

  • He's a secretive and aggressive old man hiding in a London junkyard. He's a jolly human inventor who takes his grandchildren on thrilling adventures. He's an outcast from the all-powerful Time Lords of Gallifrey. He's the unpredictable scientific adviser to the United Nations military force. He's just an overgrown kid who eats jelly babies, plays cricket and regularly saves the Universe.
  • He's all these things and more. He's the Doctor. And in his world, everything is possible.
  • He's appeared on TV, film, stage, in novels and on CD-Rom. He's been a comic book hero and a 3D soap star. His adventures have been screened everywhere from Australia to Zambia. The name of his deadliest enemy has earned a place in the dictionary as a byword for ruthless tyranny. A whole generation can hum his theme tune.

It's 35 years since the fantasy adventure series Doctor Who made its under-budgeted and largely unheralded debut on BBC Television. In that time it has been in and out of favour, alternately respected and reviled, triumphed and trashed; but it survived to earn a place as one of the best-loved and longest-running television series in the world.

Lavishly illustrated with previously unseen photographs, this witty and eclectic collection of commentaries takes a fresh look at Doctor Who from a host of different perspectives, and forms an easy-to-read but none the less indispensable guide to what can only be described as a television phenomenon.


Author's Note


  • Introduction
  • An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Boys and Girls Go Out to Play
  • Carry on Doctor
  • Derring Do and Dumbing Down
  • Ethnic Ethics
  • Far Out
  • Genocide
  • Hip and Groovy, Baby
  • I'm Free
  • Josephine Jones (Mrs)
  • Karma Chameleon
  • Love and Understanding
  • “Mongs it shall be!”
  • Not in front of the Children
  • Ordinarily Extraordinary
  • Perhaps Not
  • Quantum Mechanics and Other Strange Matters
  • Read All About It
  • Saturdayness
  • Tides of Time
  • Undergraduate Anoraks
  • Vengeance on Violence
  • Waiting For God
  • X the Unknown
  • Y Chromosome
  • ZZZ ... Not Dead, Only Sleeping
  • Afterword


  • Dedications: "For my mother and father, the wisest, kindest and most generous of parents" "And for Andrew Pixley – a scholar, a gentleman, and a friend – for his unparalleled research and unwavering support"
  • Interestingly, under "Acknowledgments" is the comment, "No thanks at all to: Sony Playstation, Jack Daniels, This Morning With Richard and Judy and Eastenders."

Publication history[]

  • This hardback only title, with a dust jacket covering the same cover, was priced £17.99 (UK).