The World’s Most Amazing Doctor Who Book (Book Reviews)
By David MackmanPublished Nov 18, 2018 10:33amThere are few doctors who can hold a candle to William Shakespeare’s Doctor Who.
While the iconic Time Lord is a legend in his own right, his work is so richly layered and multifaceted that his name has become synonymous with everything from medicine to film to art.
Now, he’s returning to the world of medical science with a new book: the Doctor Who: An Oral History.
In this exclusive excerpt, which is available to pre-order on Amazon.com, we hear from the man himself, Dr. Peter Hasegawa, the author of the seminal The Doctor Who Companion and author of The Doctors Who Companion.
Dr. Hasego spoke with New York Mag about the impact of Doctor Who on his life, his future plans for the series, and why he’d love to write a Doctor Who book.
New York Mag: What was it like to write Doctor Who?
Dr. Peter: I was a huge Doctor Who fan growing up, and I had a number of great memories.
I loved the first two series, especially The Time of the Doctor and The Doctor’s Wife.
I still have my first-season DVDs of those series, so I had all the episodes of The Time Of The Doctor and the Doctors Wife that I loved.
My favorite episode is the one that features the Doctor’s Daughter.
I just remember thinking that was an amazing story and that the episode was a great tribute to the Doctor.
The Doctor, being a time traveler, had a daughter who came back to earth after an explosion, and she was very distraught and she said, “Oh, my God, I have a daughter, I must go back and find her.”
She’s the first person to come back, and the Doctor is the only person that she has.
He had a special relationship with her.
So the Doctor was very concerned about her and she became the new companion, which made her an icon.
I knew she was going to be very important to the show, but I also knew it was going be something special.
New Jersey: I remember reading a review of your first book, The Doctors Will Come: An OTM History of Doctor.
I had no idea that was your first title.
How did you first get involved with Doctor Who as a fan?
I was on the bus, and my friend, who is now the Doctor, had just finished a speech in which he said, I think we’re the greatest team ever assembled.
I thought, “Really?”
I had never watched Doctor Who, but the idea of a Time Lord coming to Earth and helping to save people’s lives in a way that I could have not anticipated, that was just a great feeling.
I’d always been a Doctor-watcher, and when I was in junior high school, I was watching the first episode of The Next Doctor, and it was just such a blast to watch.
I remember thinking, “This is going to change my life.”
So I decided to get on the show.
When I started watching it, I knew that I wanted to be a Time Doctor.
New York City: The Doctor in The Daleks was a big influence on your writing.
I heard about this thing you wrote with the Daleks and The War Games.
I read about it and said, Oh, wow, this is going very well.
What were you thinking when you wrote the War Games?
I thought I would write a book about the Daleys and then be able to get a sequel.
That was a dream come true.
New Jersey: How did you feel about the idea that Doctor Who was going after the Dalecks?
I think that was something I really had to work out for myself.
It wasn’t like, “Okay, I’m going to do this thing.”
It was like, what is the story about?
New York: I think your writing is a little bit of a hybrid between science fiction and fantasy, but do you ever get lost in the middle?
I mean, you’re writing about a Doctor who has a human girlfriend and a Human companion, and then you’re also writing about Time Lords and Time War Games and Time Doctor Who and the Daleck Wars.
What was that process like?New Jersey