New Release Schedule


Since its launch in early 2016, the award-winning Black Archive series from Obverse Books has established itself as a key critical work on the history of televised Doctor Who. Responding to reader feedback, we were delighted to move to a monthly schedule in 2018, and are now approaching our 50th title.

However, while the books remain hugely popular and widely praised, the volume of work required to keep up our high standards for a new book every four weeks is massive. As a result, our editorial team, who all have day jobs and other creative projects, are finding their time constricted to a painful degree.

Consequently, we have decided to move the books back to their original bi-monthly schedule after Archive #50. At the same time, we are delighted to welcome on board a fourth editor, joining Stuart Douglas, Phil Purser-Hallard and Paul Simpson.

Paul Driscoll is an editor and author, and the co-founder of Altrix Books, the publishers of the Chronosmith Chronicles book series. He has written two well received Black Archives and one Silver Archive, and has most recently published the novel After Vincent, and edited Army of Ghosts, a collection of essays on Doctor Who’s sometimes forgotten stories.

Stuart Douglas, publisher and editor of the Black Archive, said:

“It’s been a bit of a high wire act publishing a Black Archive every month – both exciting and hugely satisfying as we released a new, high quality book every few weeks – but now, as we head into our second set of fifty Archives, seemed a good point to free up some time for the editorial team to work on their many other projects.

Paul Driscoll was the only person we considered when we decided we also wanted to bring another editor on board. The various Archives he has written have all been of the very highest quality, and his editorial experience with Altrix will undoubtedly prove invaluable.

We’re all looking forward very much to putting together the next half century of Black Archives!”

Further information on the Black Archive schedule and current titles can be found at