- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Candy Jar Books (27 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0957154887
- ISBN-13: 978-0957154889
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.2 x 13.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants: An Unofficial Guide Paperback – 27 Jun 2013
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More About the Author
He is the range editor of Candy Jar Books' Lethbridge-Stewart novels; a licensed Doctor Who spin-off set after the events of the 1968 television serial, The Web of Fear. He developed the Space: 1889 & Beyond series for Untreed Read Publishing and was the line editor for that series.
As an author he has written several short stories for Big Finish's Doctor Who range, as well as short stories for Untreed Reads, collected in the book Aphelion. He has also written several stories for the charity series Legacy, and written or co-written several novels in the Space: 1889 & Beyond series. He is also the author of the Rainbow Award Nominated novel, Seeker, the first book of The Garden saga, a genre-bending series that he calls an urban real-world fantasy. He's also one non-fiction reference book, Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants, which involved him watching EVERY single episode of Doctor Who in less than four months.
His latest novel was The Forgotten Son, the first book in the Lethbridge-Stewart series.
Think you know Doctor Who? Think again.
Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants is an in-depth account of each Doctor Who companion. This book examines each assistant's significance in the TV series as well as other Doctor Who media.
Written by a true fan, Andy Frankham-Allen, the book also features a foreword by Gary Russell and afterword by David J Howe.
It will appeal to fans of 'Doctor Who: Whology', 'Ahistory: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe' and 'The Discontinuity Guide'.
"Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants seeks to pull together everything that's been revealed about every single companion in their on-screen adventures, through their actions, interactions and dialogue... It's clearly been more than just sitting in front of episodes of Doctor Who with a notebook and pen; he expands and extrapolates beyond a say-what-you-see approach." (Doctor Who magazine)
"...A brilliant book, beautifully produced and printed, and a most welcome addition to the vast library of Doctor Who literature. First class." (Books Monthly)
"Companions is a very thorough volume... We found it fascinating to see all the touches that have been added to our favourite characters over the years and it really motivates us to catch up on some of the non-television adventures we have missed!" (Cult Box)
"There have been books about companions before - but few of them go into this amount of detail, display this amount of in-depth knowledge and above all, this amount of love. As a celebration of everything that makes the Doctor's (and therefore our) best friends unique and special, this book is essential." (Gary Russell, Doctor Who magazine, Big Finish Productions & Doctor Who)
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Top Customer Reviews
Obviously it is to be expected that certain companions will get more coverage than others due to the personal preferences of the authors, but where the guide sometimes fails is in the space allotted to each companion. For example, one of the reasons I bought this guide was because I vaguely remembered the companion Sharon (who travels with the Fourth Doctor in what is now known as the Doctor Who Magazine during its earliest days) and wanted to know about her. Unfortunately she is mentioned in only one sentence. In comparison Ace, Rose and Amy are given immense sections when most fans will probably know a lot about hem anyway.
The sections concerning the Doctors since the programme has returned are also given much more coverage, possibly at the expense of the earlier Doctors.Read more ›
The author does his utmost to reconcile the companions history between TV and other media and there are some great memories in there (whilst I joined the TV series at Tom Baker, I was a big reader of the Target books as a child),
Essential for fans, although may be a little daunting for casual watchers.
A fantatsic read through and thorough, if you thought you knew everything about the Doctor's companions think again 10/10
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not bad bit over long , some of the non TV companion stuff is really for pureists onlyPublished 18 months ago by B. E. Littleton
so glad I got this even though it is unofficial..................great to dip in and out of....perfectly researched and written it is a veritable who's who what where and how of... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by D. A. Putley
great and fast dilivery, hank you and hope to have your custom again maybe in the near future sometime, thanks.Published on 1 Oct. 2013 by Brian Mattocks