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Ahistory: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe [Paperback]

Lance Parkin
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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press; 2 edition (1 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975944665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975944660
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of work 20 Sep 2010
By Matt
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This book is truly an excellent Doctor Who factual book. I love seeing how everything fits together in the Doctor Who Universe - and if you like this too, I would highly recommend this book by Lance Parkin. In this the Second (or really Third) edition of his book, he includes the important comics, the TV series up to the 10th Doctor's 2007 season, BF audios and novels.

He's very articulate at explaining certain anomalies and also explaining why he's placed stories in a particular time. He also tries to tackle the questions of UNIT dating and other problems, and has very good answers for them.

Please do read this excellent book and enjoy being part of the massive, wonderful universe of Doctor Who....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Task Worthy of A Time Lord 15 Mar 2012
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This book tries to do the impossible - and to an extent succeeds, trying to tie together and reconcile all the different strands of Doctor Who - the TV series, the various novels issued down the years, the Big Finish audio dramas and the comic strips (mainly those published in the Doctor Who Magazine).
The big asset with this tome is that as new bits of Who lore emerge the authors aren't afraid of amending their viewpoint/theories from the previous editions of this book. And as to that bug-bear of the UNIT era dating that's kept as separate section within the series chronology - i.e. anytime between the year of broadcast (1968 to 1975) and being set from mid 70's to the mid 80's.
A worthwhile investment for anyone who's interested in the wonderful world of Who like myself who's been with the show since the 60's, and for anyone who comes to it more recent times via David Tennant and Matt Smith. Seriously recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars History According To The Doctor 4 Jan 2008
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Ever wanted to know when the Cybermen were created? Or how about when the Daleks invaded Earth for the first time? Or perhaps how the universe began and how it will end? Well fans here's your chance with Ahistory (Second Edition). So is there a difference with the first edition? Oh yes and that difference is the reason enough to get this one.

This edition has been expanded to cover not just the books and Big Finish audios published after the first edition but the two series of the revived TV series featuring David Tennant plus Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Smith Adventures, and even the long running Doctor Who comic strip. Where has the first book contained 500 or so stories this one contains well over 800. It also presents interesting theories regarding continuity gaffs over the various stories.

One of the best things about the book is that it gives nice, neat little summaries of each story which is helpful when you're a fan seeking good stories. The summaries are usually filled with spoilers for the different stories so consider your-self officially warned.

While the spoilers aren't good for new fans, long-time fans should enjoy this. Full of theories and dates, this book should be helpful to any fan fiction writer looking for a good time to set a story at. Or if you're a die-hard Who fan seeking to know history according to the Doctor, it's just about as good as stepping into a real-life Tardis. Definitely recommended to Who fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Completists Rejoice - Simplifiers Beware 9 Aug 2006
By Eric J. Draves - Published on
"Ahistory" is the latest edition of Mr. Parkin's attempt at chronologizing Doctor Who. As such it is a humongous work with seemingly endless entries about every tiny nuance that ties individual episodes of Doctor Who together, along with the books and audio adventures of the same.

The trouble here is that everything is an enormous mess, because nobody really cared all that much about continuity in a show that was originally designed to be shown once and then taped over.

What makes it worse, according to "About Time" (which I recommend instead), Mr. Parkin seems to have actually written Doctor Who novels to cover plot holes in the continuity (such as Tegan not liking transmats when she'd never seen them before in the show -- surprise, there's a story he wrote where Tegan encounters transmats!)

There is much in this book. Far, far too much. Also it contradicts many things that are said in "The Discontinuity Guide" and "About Time". It even contradicts itself in places.

One gets the sense that it's all a bunch of fanboys arguing with one another, and not a respectable history (or even ahistory) that tries to be definitive.

So this is a terrible work for someone wanting an introduction to Who, but is great for those who want to write their own Who and would like to know what happens in the Somethingth Century so they can put their story there.

The major redeeming feature is that "The Discontinuity Guide" and "About Time" do not cover the books or audio adventures to any real extent, and "Ahistory" does. But even this can be seen as a handicap when there is still much debate over the canonicity of the books or audio adventures.

A purist will probably go for just the television series, as there is enough of that to last a lifetime (28 seasons so far), and will likely wish to pass on this book. But the rest of us; the completists, the people interested in what the novels are saying without wishing to actually read them, and the novelists and writers of fan fiction; these will want to have a crack at "Ahistory".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expectional 31 Aug 2008
By Phillip R. Carson - Published on
The time and effort spent, and the attention to detail are represented on every page. Especially enjoyable where the essays featuring Parkins' own theories on some of Doctor Who's mysteries, and the section collecting all know references to the Doctor's own personal history. Whether you are a new fan looking for more info on the Doctor, or an old fan looking to put a little more order into his world, this book is for you.
4.0 out of 5 stars AHistory 3 Dec 2010
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So, the third incarnation takes us from the Classic Series and the New Televised Series (up to The Last of the Time Lords) and creates a timeline based on those and the Novels and the Comic Strips, which is absolutely fantastic. It allows for a lot of detail while not overwhelming the reader with trivial matters. A must read for all Who fans!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for Who'vians 21 Nov 2010
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My brother is a VERY big dr who fan and this was one book that he had not gotten already for himself. I got this for him and he loved it and said that it is full of great information.
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