Learn like a true Gallifreyan with the same book the Doctor read when studying at the Academy.A Brief History of Time Lords is an illustrated “secret” history of the oldest and most powerful civilization in the universe.The book, available to preorder for $13.51, pieces together the true story of Gallifrey from the various (often contradictory) accounts that survived the Last Great Time War.BBC Books“The Time Lords are an immensely civilized, and immensely powerful, race. Yet we know very little about them,” BBC Books said in a press release. “Their history has been shrouded in myth and mystery. Until now.”Illustrated by Richard Williams and penned by Steve Tribe, A Brief History of Time Lords tells the tale of an ancient, legendary civilization, of Gallifrey itself, of the Time War, and more.“From their technologies and strategies to the renegades like the Master and the Doctor himself, this is the definitive guide to the oldest and most powerful civilization in the universe,” according to the Amazon synopsis.All 160 full-color pages will be published on May 18 in the United Kingdom—a month after Doctor Who season 10 premieres. The tome hits US shelves in hardcover and for Kindle on June 6. (Can’t wait to catch up on the Shining World of the Seven Systems? You can buy the UK version with international shipping.)Details of the Time Lords’ history, as told by the TV series, is pretty par for the Doctor Who course: fraught with supposition and contradiction.Time Lords the Eleventh (Matt Smith) and Tenth (David Tennant) Doctors (BBC)We do, however, know that the alien race, led by Rassilon, became masters of time travel when scientist Omega created an energy source to power experiments. Their official policy of neutrality and noninterference (save for extreme cases) is frequently breached. And, though Gallifrey was thought to be destroyed in the Last Great Time War (despite the Doctor’s efforts to save it), the planet was instead frozen in time and shunted into another dimension, later returning to the universe.Phew.Find out even more in A Brief History of Time Lords and preorder it here. Writer Steve Tribe has authored a number of Doctor Who books, including The Time Traveller’s Almanac, Companions and Allies, and The TARDIS Handbook, as well as audiobook Doctor Who: The Essential Companion.He also edited more than a hundred Who, Torchwood, Being Human, and Sherlock stories, and co-wrote The Dalek Handbook and Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects with James Goss.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.