Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived coming this autumn

BBC Books has announced the upcoming publication of an illustrated collection of short stories about the women of Doctor Who.


Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived is the first official book published to tie in with the upcoming eleventh series of the show, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.


Written by Christel Dee and Simon Guerrier and illustrated by a team of all-female artists including Gwen Burns, Valentina Mozzo, Sonia Leong and more, the new book will feature over 75 inspiring tales about the remarkable women of Doctor Who, both real and imagined:

From historical figures such as Agatha Christie and Queen Victoria to fan favourites like Bill Potts and River Song, each woman has made a unique contribution to the world of Doctor Who.

Whether they’re facing down Daleks or thwarting a Nestene invasion, these women don’t hang around waiting to be rescued – they roll their sleeves up and get stuck in. Scientists and soldiers, queens and canteen workers, women from outlandish science-fiction and those steeped in real history, they don’t let anything hold them back.

The full team of female artists who have contributed to The Women Who Lived is: Jo Bee, Gwen Burns, Sophie Cowdrey, Lydia Futral, Kate Holden, Bev Johnson, Dani Jones, Sonia Leong, Cliodhna Lyons, Mogamoka, Valentina Mozzo, Naniiebim, Lara Pickle, Emma Price, Katy Shuttleworth, Natalie Smillie, Rachael Smith, Raine Szramski, Tammy Taylor, Emma Vieceli and Caz Zhu. The book’s cover has been designed by Lee Binding.

Christel Dee is the former presenter and assistant producer of Doctor Who: The Fan Show and is now Doctor Who‘s digital marketing manager at BBC Studios. A long-time cosplayer and Whovian, Dee contributes regularly to Doctor Who Magazine with her own cosplay features and as a member of their Time Team:

“With Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor arriving this autumn, we thought this would be the perfect time to reflect upon the wealth of incredible female characters from Doctor Who’s 55 year history – because there are so many! We hope the stories in this book will inspire a whole new generation of fans and existing fans too.”

Simon Guerrier is a prolific Doctor Who writer who has co-authored Whographica and The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who for BBC Books, as well as several other books, audio plays, comics and documentaries:

“We hope this offers a fresh perspective on the history of Doctor Who, a chance to celebrate the richness of past episodes as well as looking forward to the series’ exciting future. I thought I knew Doctor Who backwards, but we discovered loads of new things in our research for the book.”

Albert DePetrillo,  publishing director for BBC Books, says:

“We thought long and hard about which book would start our publishing programme for Jodie Whittaker’s first series of Doctor Who – and Christel and Simon’s book is the perfect choice. It’s bold and fresh in its approach, it makes a strong statement, it’s beautifully written, and stunning in its design. It represents everything we love about Doctor Who, and we couldn’t be happier to be publishing The Women Who Lived on the BBC Books list.”

Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived is currently available to pre-order on Amazon UK ahead of its release on 27th September 2018, priced £16.99.