An in-depth exploration of the complex continuity of the world’s longest running science fiction television programme, Doctor Who. Over 15 years in the making, Timelink offers a different perspective on the history of the universe as told through the many adventures of the Doctor. Author Jon Preddle presents fresh theories and solutions to some of the many continuity anomalies and discrepancies in the series.
Volume One contains detailed analysis of every aspect of the Doctor’s lives, friends and foes. Discover how to date the UNIT stories; what order the Dalek invasions of Earth took place, and how old the Doctor really is. The history of the Time Lords is put in context, and the history of space-flight is revealed.
This is a project that no self-respecting fan of Doctor Who can be without. The analysis encompasses both the original series which ran from 1963 to 1989, the one-off Paul McGann TV Movie of 1996, the 2005-2009 Doctor Who revival helmed by Russell T Davies, as well as Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
‘Preddle’s stamina, invention and clever observations have the grey matter firing – and somehow, he makes this beast readable … Almost endless, Timelink is the answer to everything you never thought you wanted to know.’ Vanessa Bishop, Doctor Who Magazine
564pp. A5 paperback.
Published 28 February 2011.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jon Preddle was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1964. One of his earliest memories of Doctor Who (in November 1969, when he was five years old) is the regeneration from William Hartnell into Patrick Troughton. He began collecting the Target novelisations in April 1979, but it wasn’t until December 1981 that he could recite all the known Doctor Who story titles off by heart. In June 1982 he took delivery of his first issues of Marvel’s Doctor Who Monthly. The following month the family’s first VCR arrived, just in time for him to record – and then re-watch on a daily basis for the next few weeks – episode four of ‘Logopolis’. Now afflicted with the fan bug, Jon began a long obsession with dates, canon and continuity. The fruits of his obsessive research, Timelink – An Exploration of Doctor Who Continuity, was self-published in 2000 (and which won Jon the Sir Julius Vogel best fan writer award in 2001), and has now been fully revised and updated to include the relaunched series of Doctor Who and its spin-offs as a volume forTelos Publishing Limited. Jon is a prominent figure within the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club, and is a regular researcher/writer for the internationally highly regarded fanzine TSV (Time/Space Visualiser). In 1988 he reached the semi-finals in the New Zealand edition of Mastermind, with Doctor Who as his specialist topic. He has contributed to a number of genre publications, including Doctor Who Magazine and In Vision , and was one of the panel reviewers in J Shaun Lyon’s books Back to the Vortex and Second Flight, also published by Telos.
Jon considers himself a fan of practically everything to do with film and TV SF. He lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, and works for a major retail bank.