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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Candy Jar Books (27 Jun. 2013)
  • 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: 140,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Frankham-Allen is both and editor and 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.

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About the Author

Andy Frankham-Allen has been writing for as long as he can remember and has been working professionally since 2004. His work includes several official Doctor Who short stories. March 2011 saw the release of his debut novel, 'Seeker', the first book in The Garden Saga.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 18 July 2013
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With the fiftieth anniversary it is, perhaps, inevitable that there will be demand for guides such as this. As a compendium that includes all the companions from across all Doctor Who media (ie. the novels, audio books/plays, comic strips and spin-offs) it is a fairly comprehensive collection. It is particularly strong in providing detailed explanations concerning the interaction between spin-off shows `The Sarah Jane Adventures' and `Torchwood' with Doctor Who. It also, in general, makes a valiant effort at doing the same with other media although it is a somewhat impossible task to establish any firm canonicity. The authors have sensibly chosen not to try this with the multiple conflicting stories surrounding Ace, who is given, perhaps as a result of this, one of the most interesting sections of the book.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seekles on 20 Sept. 2014
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An enjoyable enough read, if a little consistent throughout. It may perhaps have something to do with the authors own companion preferences. It's a shame the book loses steam as soon as we reach David Tennant's Doctor, with the Expanded Universe for his and Matt Smith's Doctor briefly slotted in towards the back. The author preferring to use their allocated space to tell us every single thing the likes of Donna and Rory do on screen. A complete contrast to the more evenly covered eras of the first eight Doctors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 20 Oct. 2014
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A superbly detailed guide to The Doctor's companions which goes into great depth in covering not only the TV series but also the "expanded universe" of books, audio and comics.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phillip on 21 Sept. 2013
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This book covers more than fifty years of Britain's favourite time traveller, his many companions make up what it is to be alongside this alien, and here the author encapsulates every known tv companion and beyond with information that endears you to them.

A fantatsic read through and thorough, if you thought you knew everything about the Doctor's companions think again 10/10
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seeing eye on 22 July 2013
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I had high hopes for his book but sadly it fell well short of my expectations , the author is very knowledgable but made some errors ! The book began to run our of steam in the later chapters
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Hancock on 12 Aug. 2013
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Good book, well written. Would have scored higher had it explored the "expanded universe" more effectively (non-TV material is glossed over in some parts and gains reasonable coverage in others, giving the impression that the author has ignored anything he doesn't like); but would definitely recommend to any Who-fan.
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