The series will publish six titles each year, in simultaneous digital and print editions. Each title is a twenty to forty thousand word study of a single televised Doctor Who story, drawing on all eras of the series’ history.
Authors confirmed for 2016 include Hugo-nominated editor, critic and podcaster L M Myles (Chicks Unravel Time, Companion Piece, the Verity! podcast), biographer and Doctor Who scholar Lance Parkin (Whoniverse, AHistory, Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore), and film critic and occasional scriptwriter James Cooray Smith (Kaldor City, various Virgin Film titles).
The series is overseen by author and editor Philip Purser-Hallard, who explains the premise of the series as follows:
‘Doctor Who is endlessly fascinating, a powerful storytelling engine about which many millions of words have been written over the years. There are certain stories, though, from all eras of the programme’s history, which are exceptionally deep and rewarding – whether because of their unusually powerful writing, rich symbolism or complex themes. Stories like The Massacre, Kinda, Ghost Light, Midnight or Vincent and the Doctor demand to be explored at greater length and in more depth than a website review or entry in an episode guide will allow.
‘With this series of critical monographs, these Doctor Who stories can receive the detailed treatment that they so eminently deserve. Our primary emphasis is on the stories as stories, rather than the behind-the-scenes history which has been covered in admirable depth elsewhere. While we aim to make an authoritative and significant contribution to the overall critical conversation about Doctor Who, we intend each of these books to be entertaining as well as of academic interest.’The Black Archive will launch with four titles in March 2016, covering Doctor Who stories from William Hartnell’s tenure as the Doctor to that of current incumbent Peter Capaldi:
- The Black Archive #1: Rose by Jon Arnold
- The Black Archive #2: The Massacre by James Cooray Smith
- The Black Archive #3: The Ambassadors of Death by L M Myles
- The Black Archive #4: Dark Water / Death in Heaven by Philip Purser-Hallard
Further titles will follow at two-monthly intervals during 2016:
- The Black Archive #5: Image of the Fendahl by Simon Bucher-Jones (May)
- The Black Archive #6: Ghost Light by Jonathan Dennis (July)
- The Black Archive #7: The Mind Robber by Andrew Hickey (September)
- The Black Archive #8: The Pirate Planet by Lance Parkin (November)
Ebook and paper editions of all titles, along with yearly subscriptions, will be available through the Obverse Books website.