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A number of Doctor Who annuals have been published from 1965 onwards. They have printed fiction, comics and features based on Doctor Who in the form of a slim hardback volume.


Under World Distributors[]

The annuals were hardbound books priced at pocket money prices and released near autumn, in time for the Christmas market. Usually a mix of prose and comic strip stories intended for children, they also contained puzzles, quizzes, games and a varying amount of filler material usually having little connection with Doctor Who.

From the late 1960s through to the late 1980s (with the single exception of 1971), World Distributors, Ltd published The Dr Who Annual. The often notoriously bizarre stories and comic strips sometimes went in very strange directions while the companions portrayed in the illustrations seldom bore much resemblance to the actors who portrayed them on television. The principal exception to this was Caroline John as Liz Shaw, who was even credited after Jon Pertwee on the cover of the 1971 annual (published 1970) and featured prominently within the publication.

The Doctor Who annuals were published each September between 1965 and 1985.

With an autumn of the year release time, the date on all annuals is for the following year. For example, the K9 Annual, dated 1983, has a print date of 1982. Some annuals/yearbooks failed to include a year date on the cover so where applicable that reference is bracketed and assumed.

When John Nathan-Turner became producer of Doctor Who, he exerted a greater influence on the quality of merchandising and tie-in product releases; under his watch the World Distributor annuals saw an increase in quality and relevance in terms of both the short stories and the factual features which began to explore “behind the scenes” of the series. From the 1980 edition (published in 1979), the annuals began to use the contemporary series logo, dropping the definitive article to become simply Doctor Who Annual.

World Distributors Ltd stopped producing the regular annuals in 1985.

Under Marvel[]

There was a lapse for a few years in publication before Marvel Comics secured the license to produce a Doctor Who Yearbook. These followed the same mix of prose, comic strip stories and features, this time all Who-related and directed at a more sophisticated audience. The Yearbooks ran from 1991-1995 as 1992-1996 annuals.

Revival of the Annuals[]

With the return of Doctor Who in 2005, the publication of annuals began again. The first, Doctor Who Annual 2006, was published by Panini, and all subsequent annuals were published by BBC Children's Books. From 2007 to 2010, Panini also published the Doctor Who Storybook aimed at an older audience.

While IDW held the Doctor Who comic book licence, they also published four annuals from 2010 to 2013, with the annual years being the years as published. They changed annual to special at the last minute for 2012 and it carried over to the 2013 edition for the 50th anniversary.


Doctor Who Annuals (1965-1985)[]

Doctor Who Yearbooks (1991-1995)[]

Doctor Who Annuals (2005-present)[]

Comics and magazines[]

Polystyle Annuals (1965-1977)[]

When Polystyle Publications, Ltd. held the rights to publish original Doctor Who comic strips, they mostly exercised that right in the pages of TV Comic, though, for a few years, they published them in Countdown/TV Action. Both publications also had their own hardbound annuals, where the occasional Doctor Who strip might be found.

IDW Annuals (2010-2013)[]

DWM Special Edition Yearbooks (2015-present)[]

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