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The Doctor Who Technical Manual
Author: Mark Harris
Publisher: Hardback Severn House
Paperback Sphere Books
Publication: Hardback March 1983
Paperback 1983
Format: Hardback 64 pages plus 4 colour pages (mostly Daleks)
ISBN: Hardback ISBN 0 7278 2034 6
Paperback 0-7221-4825-9
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Publisher's Summary

Ever since 1963, the Doctor has been fighting alien tyrants, vicious monsters and emotionless robots bent on cosmic domination. But it’s not only his hair-raising adventures that have made DOCTOR WHO the longest-running science fiction series in world television. It is also its endless array of marvellous machines.

  • Now, in this totally new concept in DOCTOR WHO literature, that gadgetry is made available to the Doctor’s millions of fans.
  • Totally accurate plans and drawings at last reveal the inner workings of the DALEKS, of K-9, of the Doctor’s TOOL KIT, and dozens more.
  • Best of all there are the fullest possible plans for making your own model TARDIS!
  • This is the only book that opens the true world of the Time Lords to its readers. No friend of Doctor Who can afford to be without it!

Main Focus

(Some) annotated line drawings (in blue ink) with (some) textual content.


Notable Features

  • This book contains 4 pages of colour photographs (take out Daleks, K9 TARDIS and Cybermen and you are left with a picture of the Titan/Earth Shuttle and the Doctor's car, NOT Bessie but the Whomobile which is unnamed in the article pages!)
  • With an introduction by John Nathan-Turner (the then producer of Doctor Who), this was one of a series of titles released with the Doctor Who production offices’ full support in this its 20th Anniversary year, when JN-T was keen to capitalise on the programmes success and merchandising opportunities.
"A fitting tribute..." John Nathan Turner

Publication History


  • This title was released priced £4.95 (UK)
  • To those familiar with the range of Star Trek commercially available reference titles available at the time which gave added insight into the television series, this title must have been a disappointment. Indeed, the content is at times sparse (for example a full page, line drawing of the Emperor Dalek or a Movellan) and offers little to our understanding. Similarly six pages given over to a side and front elevation of Daleks Type l, lll and V are without reference or comment. Even any explanation of why they are Type l, lll or V, is not mentioned!
  • In addition many of the references are obscure (the Space Freighter for example, from where / when?), and the book is not arranged into any particular way – alphabetically, chronologically or even by type!
  • However … on the positive side, this was indeed a first of its kind in Doctor Who publishing, and it should be remembered that at the time, any information on the rich history of the series was confined to the pages of Doctor Who Magazine (which incidentally DID print the K-9 blueprints in full in one of its very early issues)
  • Mark Harris went on to expand the final three pages of the book (‘Build a TARDIS’) into its own title, Build the TARDIS a cut out book with already coloured cut-outs.

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