Book News: New DOCTOR WHO AUTON Book Coming

Written by J. R. Southall Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Book News

The team behind the notorious AUTON fanzine (a very naughty look at the worlds of DOCTOR WHO, which started life way back in 1989) have announced that they are returning later this year with a new book, following the success of their earlier publications AUTON: SHOCK AND AWE (2010) and the satirical BLAKES 7 episode guide MAXIMUM POWER! (2012). 

Authors Andy Davidson, Chris and Andrew Orton, Steven Duckworth, Robert Hammond and Matthew West have now collaborated on WALLOWING IN OUR OWN WELTSCHMERZ: AN AUTON GUIDE TO THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES OF THE SEVENTH DOCTOR – and have added Andy X Cable to the AUTON team as illustrator for the volume. 

The book is due in July 2014, and all authors’ profits will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. Full details can be found on the MIWK PUBLISHING website. 

Here’s what they themselves have to say about the book:

“DOCTOR WHO is now in its fifty-first year and enjoying its 12th/13th/14th/latest of many actors to take on the lead role. Every era is different, each actor brings their own style to the role, each producer and script editor makes their mark and probably Sylvester McCoy’s era is one of the most divisive among fandom. It’s a dynamic three years blowing cobwebs off the memory of recent cancellation. The Doctor and the series develop over forty-seven episodes until finally, sadly, just as things are on the up, the show is cancelled again. The AUTON guide to the stories behind the Seventh Doctor’s era answers all the questions fans haven’t been asking :

 Cleaning Robots: What can you actually clean with a drill and a saw blade? We tried.

 Who built the Rani’s lair? How long did it take?

 Harry’s 70+ - how old is his wife if she’s having twins in a few weeks?

 Why is the Psychic Circus so-called?

 Why do Rezzies eat Kangs when they’ve got a ready supply of teacakes, crumpets, muffin, basil and fresh cream?

 Now that we have a ‘Special Weapons’ Dalek, should we re-label all the other Daleks?

 And how did Delta fit into Mel’s dress?

We worry about these things so you don’t have to. It’s been a long time since AUTON visited DOCTOR WHO. Aided by the illustrations of ANDY X CABLE it’s time to get it out of our system.”

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