About Time 1: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 1 to 3)

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In About Time, the whole of classic Doctor Who is examined through the lens of the real-world social and political changes — as well as ongoing developments in television production — that influenced the series in ways big and small over the course of a generation. Armed with these guidebooks, readers will be able to cast their minds back to 1975, 1982 and other years to best appreciate the series’ content and character.

Volume 1 of this series covers Seasons 1 to 3 of Doctor Who, focusing on the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who in mind-bending detail. In addition to the usual concerns such as the TV show’s continuity (alien races, the Doctor’s abilities, etc.) and lore (anecdotal, “Did You Know?”-style material), authors Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood will examine each Hartnell story in the context of the year/historical period it was produced, determining just how topical the stories were.

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Essays in this volume include:

  • “Where Did All of This Come From?”
  • “Who Really Created the Daleks?”
  • “What Makes the TARDIS Work?”
  • “Whom Did They Meet at the Roof of the World?”
  • “Can You Rewrite History, Even One Line?”
  • “How Telepathic is He?”
  • “’60s Doctor Who Cultural Primer: Why Z Cars?”
  • “What Kind of Future Did We Expect?”
  • “How Many Significant Galaxies Are There?”
  • “How Important Were the Books?”
  • “What Are the Most Mod Stories?”
  • “What’s the Dalek Timeline?”
  • “What Was the BBC Thinking?”
  • “What Are These Stories Really Called?”
  • “Marrying Troilus: What is She Doing?”
  • “Which Sodding Delegate is Which?”
  • “What’s Wrong With Dalek History?”
  • “Are Steven and Dodo Related?”
  • “What’s the Timeline of the Far Future?”
  • “What Was Children’s TV Like Back Then?”
  • “Did the BBC Actually Like Doctor Who?”
  • “Is His Name Really ‘Who’?”
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