[Home | Toys | Column | New | Future | Archive | Frame | BFS | Links]

Howe's Transcendental Toybox
By David J Howe and Arnold T Blumberg

To try and provide a forum for Doctor Who collectors, we have set up a message board devoted to discussion of Doctor Who collectibles. For reasons of time we can't enter into private discussion on the subject, but here you can ask and maybe even answer all those niggly queries about Doctor Who merchandise. We will drop by periodically and try and answer any outstanding questions.

Click Here to enter the Message Board
Hosted by Hotboards

Over twenty years in research and development, the ultimate guide to Doctor Who collectibles is now available to order, and the book is planned for publication in November 2000. The book will be A5-sized and contains 496 pages packed with listings, photographs, guide prices and other information about every item of Doctor Who related merchandise released, world-wide, from 1963 up to the end of 1999.

The Transcendental Toybox

To order a copy of the book, please do one of the following. Please note that it is not officially published until November 23rd 2000. Please do not query non-arrival until 28 days after this date (1st January 2001).


Each book costs US$35.00, plus $5 postage and packing.

To order, please send a check payable to FIREBIRD DISTRIBUTING LLC along with your name and address to TOYBOX ORDERS, Firebird Distributing LLC, 2030 First Street, Unit 5, Eureka, CA 95501, USA.

Alternatively you can order online by either e-mailing Firebird at sales@firebirddistributing.com , or visit their website at http://www.firebirddistributing.com. Firebird can accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

Alternatively you can order by telephone on 707-444-1434, or fax at 707-444-8537.


Each book costs AUS$68.00. Postage and packing is $6.00 to anywhere in Australia. Add $2.00 if wanting books sent by Registered Post.

Please send cheque or money order payable to 'Richard Nolan' along with your name and address to TOYBOX ORDERS, P.O. Box 413, Croydon, Victoria 3136, Australia.

Queries, email Richard Nolan on kergulen@onaustralia.com.au


Each book costs NZ$79.95 inclusive of postage and packing.

Please send cheque or money order payable to 'NZDWFC' along with your name and address to TOYBOX ORDERS, PO Box 7061, Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand.

Details can be found on the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club website at http://www.tetrap.com/drwho/nzdwfc/.

Queries, email Paul Scoones on scoones@nznet.gen.nz


Each book costs �.00, plus �50 postage and packing within the UK.

To order, please send a cheque or postal order payable to TOYBOX along with your name and address to TOYBOX ORDERS, c/o 61 Elgar Avenue, Tolworth, Surrey, KT5 9JP, England.

Online ordering for the UK only is available through REELTIME PICTURES. Please follow this link, and when you reach Reeltime Pictures' main page, select 'Buying Products' and then, on that page, enter the reference: RTP0240 into the 'Please enter a catalogue number' search field. The book should then be displayed to you. It cannot be reached except by entering this code number, so please make a note of it before leaving this page. Reeltime Pictures can accept credit card orders online, and full details are on their site.

Click Here to order from REELTIME PICTURES

If you are outside the UK, and you are not in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, then please email david@telos.co.uk for overseas postage rates.


A celebration of Doctor Who in the toyshops and bookshops of the world.

Since 1963 the BBC television show Doctor Who has enthralled and enchanted generations of adults and children. From the mysterious character of the Doctor and his earthly friends, to alien monsters like the dreaded Daleks, the silver Cybermen and the blood-sucking Haemovores, the show consistently broke new ground and found new audiences. Since its cancellation as a regular production in 1989, fans have been able to catch up on the Doctor's adventures through numerous video releases and satellite screenings, while enjoying new adventures in the form of numerous novels and audios.

For the first time ever, David J Howe and Arnold T Blumberg present a complete collector's guide to everything that has ever been produced to tie in with the series. From hardback books, trading cards and chocolate Christmas tree decorations, to stained glass windows, underpants and metal models, this book is a fascinating and enthralling look at the world wide history, development and collectability of Doctor Who merchandise.

This is the first and only reference and price guide to the entire history of Doctor Who memorabilia from 1963 to the present. It will catalogue every kind of merchandise produced in the past 36 years, provide photos for many of the items listed, and discuss many aspects of the show's long history in light of the vast amount of collectible material produced about it. The book will document the history of the world's longest-running science fiction television show from the perspective of the marketing and merchandising juggernaut that the series spawned. Anyone who is a Doctor Who fan, science fiction enthusiast, armchair television historian, or collector of pop culture memorabilia will be fascinated by this book and the story it has to tell.

Besides being the first and only book of its kind ever published, it will cover the full range of Doctor Who collectibles from the earliest toys and premiums offered in 1963 to the most recent merchandise of 1999. All of the listings will be painstakingly researched by David J Howe, the foremost Doctor Who historian, and priced by a panel of advisors. There will also be articles on collecting Doctor Who memorabilia, as well as information on dealers, retailers, fellow collectors, and a variety of other useful directories.

The book's scope covers all the foreign language editions of the Doctor Who books, as well as details of every edition of every one of the Target novelisations, complete with their print runs and information to tell which edition is which.

Over 1000 items of UK merchandise are categorised and listed, together with detail lists of items such as Doctor Who Magazine and the various sets of trading cards issued to tie in with the series. Never be left wondering what's missing from your collection again ...


David has been involved with Doctor Who research and writing for over 20 years. He has been consultant to a large number of publishers and manufacturers for their Doctor Who lines, and is author or co-author of eighteen factual titles associated with the show. He also has one of the largest collections of Doctor Who merchandise in the world. David is contributing editor to Starburst magazine and has edited the book reviews column for that magazine since 1984. He is also reviews editor for Shivers magazine. In addition he has written articles, interviews and reviews for a wide number of publications including Fear, Dreamwatch, Stage and Television Today, The Dark Side, Doctor Who Magazine, The Guardian, Film Review, SFX and Sci-Fi Entertainment. He is on the committee of the British Fantasy Society and has edited their bi-monthly newsletter as well as editing and publishing several books for them, including the British and World Fantasy Award shortlisted Manitou Man, a limited edition hardback and paperback collection of short fiction by horror author Graham Masterton. He wrote the book Reflections: The Fantasy Art of Stephen Bradbury for Dragon's World Publishers and has contributed short fiction to Peeping Tom, Dark Asylum, Decalog and Perfect Timing and factual articles to James Herbert: By Horror Haunted (Hodder & Stoughton, ed. Stephen Jones).

Arnold is Editor at Gemstone Publishing, where he edits and oversees production of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and Hake's Price Guide to Character Toys. For both annual guides he has also written articles and designed and assembled the final volumes. He also serves as Senior Book/Comic and Tube Reviews Editor for EON Magazine (Tube Reviews can be found at www.tubereviews.com), where he writes extensively on science fiction, horror, fantasy and comic book entertainment. He has also written articles for publications like Overstreet's FAN, Comic Book Marketplace, Collector's Showcase, and other on-line and academic venues. He authored the on-line guide to sci-fi collecting available in the Sci-Fi-O-Rama section of the eBay auction site and has contributed short fiction to the forthcoming Doctor Who charity anthologies, Missing Pieces and The Cat Who Walked Through Time. He teaches a course in comic books as literature at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Communications Design at the University of Baltimore.

Back to homepage
Mail me: david@howeswho.co.uk