Doctor Who books from Telos Publishing to help fill time until the new Time Lord clocks on

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Review

It’s a long wait for fans until the Autumn to see how Peter Capaldi will shape up as the new star in Doctor Who.

Will he be grumpy, serious or funny?

Will he like jelly babies or humbugs?

To help fill the time to a new season of adventures on TV, Telos Publishing has a selection of books on the hit show which are sure to satify the cravings of even the most ardent of the good Doctor’s followers.

The Comic Strip Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who Comics 1964-1979 is a mammoth work by Paul Scoones.

A whole generation of children were thrilled by TV Comic back in the Sixties.

It featured the favourites from TV land, and in 1964 it started to feature the Doctor himself, in the grumpy form of his first incarnation William Hartnell.

In atmospheric black and white, then later in colour, the Doctor whisked his grandchildren John and Gillian off in his fantastic Tardis for a series of adventures on alien worlds.

While Hartnell was battling menaces like the Daleks and the Voord on TV, in the comic strip he had to settle for a variety of strange alien enemies like the Kleptons and the Trods.

However when the publishers of TV Comic later got permission to use the Daleks in the strip, by that time pitting them against the regenerated Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, they blazed onto the page in full colour with their immortal screech of ‘Exterminate! Exterminate!’

Then came other creatures from the TV show, like the Cybermen and the deadly Quarks.

Even the Doctor’s loyal TV sidekick hairy legged Highlander Jamie made an appearance.

This fascinating book covers all the comic stories up to Tom Baker’s wide eyed persona and is well worth a look.

Fifty on Fifty is a selection of fifty interviews featuring people from both in front of and behind the camera in Doctor Who from 1963 to 2013.

There is Bernard Cribbins, Jeremy Young, who played the show’s first villain, a crazed caveman, and even a couple of Doctors themselves.

From behind the scenes rows to warm anecdotes it is a worthy tribute to what has become a British institution.

The Raymond P Cusick Signature Collection is a picture by picture record of the amazing aliens and worlds created in the Sixties by designer Ray Cusick.

He was the man behind the appearance of the Daleks and their weird home world of Skaro, with its spooky petrified forest and creepy metallic city.

He also came up with a variety of other worlds and beings, including the Brains of Morphoton, plummy voiced disembodied brains kept in jars that hypnotised a whole population.

Cusick eventually became fed up of working at the BBC for little reward (the Daleks had by then become a massive success and a real moneyspinner) and he went to pastures new.

But he left behind a host of haunting memories that fed the dreams of a whole generation.