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The Making of Doctor Who was a non-fiction work by Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke. The first edition, published by Piccolo Books in 1972, was principally written by Hulke. A second edition, rewritten by Dicks in 1976, was published by Target Books. It stands as the first professionally published non-fiction book about the series, predating similar works by Peter Haining and Jean-Marc Lofficier by many years.

The first edition featured The Trial of Doctor Who, a narrative feature which notably gave new insights on the Time Lords and UNIT and summarized every television story from An Unearthly Child to The Sea Devils.

Publisher's summary[]

First edition[]

What happened when Doctor Who was put on trial by the Time Lords? Why did he agree to help UNIT? This fascinating book tells you everything about the Doctor and his adventures, the points in Space and Time he has visited, the aliens and monsters he has defeated. One of the most famous and longest running BBC serials of all time, Doctor Who depends for its success on the enthusiasm of everyone working on the show. Come inside the TV studio and meet them, learn how the Daleks and the Cybermen came into being and how the special effects work. What happens in Doctor Who often seems impossible. But is it? Could it all be true?

Second edition[]

Here it is... the story behind one of television's most successful, longest-running shows. Come with Doctor Who on a trip through time... to the early days of the programme when it all began... meet actors, authors and television staff... see inside a TV studio and watch a production take shape... learn the secrets of the monsters... relive every Doctor Who story since the beginning... follow the Doctor through four incarnations and — perhaps — begin to discover just who is Doctor Who?

Subject matter[]

A behind-the-scenes guide to the production of Doctor Who.

Notable features[]

First edition[]

  • The short story The Trial of Doctor Who, in which accounts of the Doctor's adventures take the form of fictional documents, summarizing his activities as a renegade Time Lord. The first part, detailing his travels with human companions up until "The War Games" take the form of notes made by Time Lord prosecutors and lawyers during the Doctor's trial. These give the Doctor's name as ∂³Σx². Other Time Lords are given mathematical names as well: ᔑx²-›‾‹ is the prosecutor, Δ:ʮ≠β is the counsel of defence, ⵋᵅ/₆↑∝ is the court reporter, and Øμ³-∝ is the court archivist. Following the Doctor's exile to Earth, UNIT reports by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart to his superiors in Geneva continue the story, with supplementary notes by Øμ³-∝ reporting the Third Doctor’s occasional trips to other worlds, usually at the behest of the Time Lords.
  • In a non-fictional section, the Brigadier's first name is given as Alastair. Later sources have it as Alistair. On TV, it was mentioned in Planet of the Spiders part one.
  • The Brigadier's ancestor from the Battle of Waterloo is named Fergus, spread over two lines as Fer- gus). Fergus would be mentioned in later narrative Doctor Who material.
  • One chapter, written by a clergyman, discusses Doctor Who in a Christian religious context.
  • Several chapters provide behind-the-scenes information focused around the production of Malcolm Hulke’s The Sea Devils, from initial proposal to final studio recordings and broadcast. The book includes sample pages from Hulke's story outline and scene breakdown, the rehearsal script, the film diary, and the final camera script.

Second edition[]

  • The second edition contains a script-to-screen account of the production of the Fourth Doctor's debut adventure Robot, written by Making of Doctor Who co-creator Terrance Dicks. Unlike in the first edition, Dicks includes the novelisation – Doctor Who and the Giant Robot – as the final part of the serial’s development, and shows how one particular scene (the final scene of Part Two) evolves through each stage of development.
  • The semi-fictional “reports” of the Doctor’s adventures, associated with The Trial of Doctor Who, are replaced by short synopses of each serial. The only production team members named are the writers.

Both editions[]

  • The first edition described the Doctor as "never cowardly". The second edition adds to this and says that he is "never cruel or cowardly" and that "[h]e never gives in, and he never gives up." These words were used in the TV series as the promise made by him when choosing to be called "the Doctor" (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al).


First edition[]

  • A PDF of the original Piccolo Books edition of The Making of Doctor Who was included on the DVD release of The Sea Devils.
  • The original idea for the book was Malcolm Hulke’s, in part inspired by The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E Whitfield (with input by Gene Roddenberry), originally published in 1968.

Second edition[]

  • The Target Books edition was a complete rewrite of the previous edition.
  • This release marked the fourth occasion on which Target republished a work previously issued by another publisher. This followed the reissuing of the Frederick Muller novelisations that kicked off the Doctor Who novelisation book line.
  • Chris Achilleos provided the cover artwork.
  • It had a print run of 50,000 copies and was priced 60p (UK).
  • This title saw a reprint by Target Books, W. H. Allen in on 20th March 1980 of 15,000 copies. Despite the, by then, out-of-date information in the first printing, the only difference was a price increase to £1.80 (UK).
  • Along with two dozen Target novelisations, copies of The Making of Doctor Who were included in randomly selected bagged editions of Doctor Who Magazine published in July 2008. (These were all original, backstock copies and not reprints.)


Material from both editions were released as an audiobook 1 June 2023 by BBC Audio and read by Jon Culshaw, Dan Starkey, Maureen O'Brien, Louise Jameson, Katy Manning and Geoffrey Beevers. It used the cover image from The Doctor Who Monster Book by Chris Achilleos instead of the cover of either the print editions.

Track Title Edition Narrator
1 Opening Credits n/a
2 The Trial of Doctor Who - Indictment Against First
3 How it All Began Second
4 Enter the Daleks! Second
5 The Trial of Doctor Who - A Plea In Defence of the Doctor A Summary of His Travels First
6 Who Is the Doctor Second
7 The Trial of Doctor Who - Outcome of Trial First
8 The Doctors Second
9 Lourdwater Cottage Hospital First
10 Monsters Galore Second
11 UNIT Memo First
12 The Men from UNIT Second
13 The Diary of a Production - The Sea Devils First
14 UNIT Memo First
15 High Court of the Time Lords Court Archive First
16 The Good Companions Second
17 Some Regulars - Old and New Second
18 Inside a Television Studio Second
19 UNIT Memo First
20 How to Make a Monster or Blow Up the World! Second
21 High Court of the Time Lords Court Archive First
22 The Diary of a Production - Robot Second
23 A New Life for the Doctor Second

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