My Books

Although a great many of the books that I have written over the years are now long out of print, there are a few which are still available in a variety of formats.  So here are details of them!


Everything you ever wanted to know about the classic era of the cult BBC television series Doctor Who (1963-1996) is contained in the two-volume set The Television Companion.

On its first publication in 1998 by BBC Books, The Television Companion was hailed as possibly the best guide ever to the BBC’s cult science fiction show Doctor Who. Now Telos Publishing re-issues its own edition of the book in a revised and updated two-volume version, which remains the definitive guide to the television worlds and adventures of the Doctor and his companions.

Every story from 1963 to 1996 is covered in depth in all aspects of production, including plot details, cast and crew lists, episode endings, transmission dates, memorable quotes and popular myths. In addition there is a comprehensive analysis of every adventure, utilising reviews both contemporary and retrospective from a wide variety of sources.

Volume 1 covers the eras of the first three Doctors, portrayed by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.

Volume 2 covers the eras of the next five Doctors, portrayed by Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.

This is the essential companion for every trip you will ever take into the TV universe of classic Doctor Who.

‘The bible …’ SFX magazine

‘Another superior effort from what I consider to be the finest Doctor Who historians around. It is quite a hefty and involved read, and contains (almost) everything you’d want to know about the best SF Tv series ever.’ Reviewer on

‘If you’re looking for a Doctor Who episode guide, then you can stop looking as this is by far the best book you can buy about the television series.’ Sean Brady on

‘What is most memorable about The Television Companion is the fact that every story is given a balanced analysis – it’s not decreed that “Timelash” is bad, for example, rather the authors draw upon a wide variety of opposing reviews spanning the years to present a genuinely interesting study of every story – which is altogether far more interesting than cut-and-dried opinions. The Television Companion is indispensable to all fans of the television series, especially because of the detail in which the Hartnell and Troughton stories are studied. The emphasis is no more in-depth than any other era of the show, but seeing as many of their stories no longer exist, it’s highly rewarding and an admirable asset to a potentially video-biased read.’ Brad Schmidt in TSV (#56, October 1998)

Available as two paperback editions from Telos Publishing:


Everything you ever wanted to know about the cult BBC Television series Doctor Who (1963-1996).
On their first publication, the Doctor Who Handbooks were hailed as the best look behind the scenes of the BBC’s cult science fiction show Doctor Who. Now collected in two revised and updated editions, these books are the definitive guide to the background and production of a television classic. Alongside The Television Companion, which The Handbook is designed to complement, they provide just about everything you need to know about the show, its stars, its background, its stories and its monsters.

The first volume focuses on the first three Doctors. There is an unparalleled production diary for the first Doctor, used as reference for the 2013 docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, script-to-screen breakdowns of one story from each era (’The Ark’, ‘The Mind Robber’ and ‘Day of the Daleks’), and articles examining every aspect of the show, from the Doctor, to its mythology, to how it was transmitted and marketed.

The second volume focuses on the fourth to eighth Doctors. There are interviews with companions and script editors, features on locations and costumes, script-to-screen breakdowns of one story from each era (’The Brain of Morbius’, ‘The Five Doctors’, ‘Revelation of the Daleks’ and ‘Dragonfire’), and articles examining every aspect of the show, from the Doctor, to its mythology, to how it was transmitted and marketed.

This is the essential companion for every trip you will ever take into the TV universe of classic Doctor Who.

Available as two paperback editions from Telos Publishing:


This is a novella which I wrote with George Mann. It's the final book in Telos Publishing's Time Hunter series, and features the Daemons from Doctor Who as well as lots of other cool stuff.

Available as an Audiobook from Fantom Films:

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This is a collection of short horror stories, including the two screenplays for the Doctor Who spin off films Daemos Rising (which was produced and released by Reeltime Pictures) and the sequel Face of the Fendahl (which was never made).

Also includes notes on inspiration and writing and how each of the tales came to be written.

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This is the text from the BBC release A Book of Monsters. Covers all the monsters from Doctor Who's classic years from 1963 to 1996.

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A new edition of the popular and acclaimed guide to the Doctor Who Target paperback range of novelisations. With an additional Appendix covering audio releases and the recent BBC reprints of the books.

From 1973 until 1994, the Target Doctor Who paperbacks were a mainstay of the publishing world. From humble beginnings, they grew into a list running to 156 individual titles and selling over 13 million copies world-wide.

This is the story of Target Books. Noted researcher and historian David J Howe chronicles the origins of the imprint, speaking to all the major players in its development, from editors to art directors, managing directors to artists and authors, and charts the books’ critical reception as well as the fortunes and failings of the many publishing houses involved in their production.

Profusely illustrated with all the covers, plus rare and unseen sketches and unused concepts and ideas, The Target Book is the definitive guide to a range of books which shaped the reading habits of a generation.

Available as a hardback edition from Telos Publishing:


Covering the Chris Eccleston and David Tennant years, Then and Now is a collection of reviews and commentaries on the episodes transmitted from 2005 onwards. The basic idea is simple: a historic review of each episode at the time it was transmitted, plus an additional paragraph or two based on a re-watch more recently ...

'Having loved reading David's previous Doctor Who Handbooks with co authors Stammers and Walker, I somehow figured this book might be good. I was not disappointed. I started liking David's very brutally honest, frank and strong opinions on certain stories in the classic Handbook series. I was not at all disappointed by his comments on the newer episodes. I heartily recommend this book for anyone who liked the opinion sections, in particular, of the seven Doctor Who handbooks and for others who like authors who really tell it like they see it.' Robert H Gerlach

'I loved every page of this book, every word, every sentence! David's love of Doctor Who shines through and I find myself in agreement with all of his comments and opinions.' Steve Matthewman on Amazon

'I love David's balanced account of each story. He is pragmatic in his approach and is never afraid to raise questions, or give constructive criticism where needed. He obviously adores his subject but never sees it through TARDIS tinted spectacles!' Gary Pearce on Amazon

'A great read. David J Howe is very insightful and passionate about these episodes. He writes as if he is having a conversation with you.' Amazon Customer Review

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