Tidying up my home office, I realised I’d yet to review Doctor Who The Complete History Volume 1. Like many people (I suspect) I bought the first few months of subscription then cancelled once the free gifts ran out! In this case it was the free Companion Chronicle read by Sarah Sutton, The Toy. Of course the bonus was this meant finally receiving Volume 1! Two First Doctor stories, and indeed the two first stories! Yes we have 100,000 BC and The Mutants (aka The Daleks).
The first 100 pages are all about the creation of the show, and are packed with information and photographs. Much too much to comment on but it’s all fascinating. The second sixty pages are all about that first visit to Skaro and are equally riveting. Flicking through this again makes me wish I had the money to indulge in the entire series, but in all honesty I would only ever want (or be able to justify spending the money on) a pick and mix of stories. I do think this is a noble enterprise, but I suspect interest must fade as it does with all long-term subscription projects.
It’s a pity as this is a superb book, and well worth owning in its own right, even without the rest of the series.