The editor of "`Doctor Who' Magazine" presents an alphabetical guide to the "Doctor Who" universe, with entries such as "A for Adventures in Time and Space", "V for Violence" and "X for X-Rani and the Evil Mutants".
The essays run the gamut from a eulogy of Robert Holmes, to a study of Doctor Who's most surreal moments, to an examination of the odder corners of the Doctor Who canon (comic strips, Doctor Who Annuals). Gillat isn't afraid to be controversial, denouncing the graphic violence of the Colin Baker era, studying the sexual attitudes of the Doctor Who universe (ranging from progressive to primeval depending on individual scriptwriters), and suggesting that the frenzied fan response to the post "Revelation" postponement actively damaged the show. In the most shocking chapter, he examines the racial attitudes of early Doctor Who, and uncovers some disquieting facts about characterisation which I've never seen discussed in print before.
Unfortunately, I can only give this three stars because of the unjustifiable price. The illustrations are nice, but vital to the essays only in rare cases, and seventeen pounds is just ridiculous for what's here. If this was in paperback for five or six pounds it'd get five stars...