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Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects [Hardcover]

Steve Tribe , James Goss
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27 Sep 2012 DOCTOR WHO (Book 29)

Every object tells a story. From ancient urns and medieval flasks to sonic screwdrivers and glass Daleks, these 100 objects tell the story of the entire universe, and the most important man in it: the Doctor.

Each item has a unique tale of its own, whether it’s a fob watch at the onset of the Great War or a carrot growing on the first human colony on Mars. Taken together, they tell of empires rising and falling, wars won and lost, and planets destroyed and reborn.

Within these pages lie hidden histories of Time Lords and Daleks, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, the plot to steal the Mona Lisa and the story of Shakespeare’s lost play. You’ll find illustrated guides to invisible creatures, the secret origins of the internet, and how to speak Mechonoid.

A History of the Universe in 100 Objects is an indispensible guide to the most important items that have ever existed, or that are yet to exist.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849904812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849904810
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eloquently mixes the cohort of analytically intelligent with a humorous incredulity...Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects is...genius." (Matthew Walter Eye of Horus)

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The history of Doctor Who through 100 famous - and infamous - objects

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'No, that's not right' - but it is excellent. 28 Sep 2012
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This is a great, fun book. It's well-written and beautifully illustrated. Great for those who already know a lot about Dr Who and those who know little. From the start the authors say their top 100 will be wrong from the perspective of everyone else, (they understand fandom as well as the programme).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...genius..." 5 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
Once in a while the DOCTOR WHO merchandise universe spawns a publication that eloquently mixes the cohort of analytically intelligent with a humorous incredulity that I cannot but recommend to fans, and, on 27 September 2012, DOCTOR WHO - A HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE IN 100 OBJECTS is that singular tome.

I entered into an intimate - yes, reading it in bed over three nights - relationship with James Goss & Steven Tribe's 260-page eclectic collective of (seemingly) random items drawn from DOCTOR WHO 49-year old universe, and we never argued (never go to sleep without `making-up' after an argument, by the way, trust me, it could flare-up in the morning and shouting with morning breath is not pleasant. I digress) from start to finish.

Every chapter is like having Christmas Day such is the non-sequential surprise of the `object' and its relative narrative, and whilst the `object' choices are singular - categorised chronologically - there is a collaboration of insight by the authors that engages and entertains in equal measure.

`A Christmas Tree' juxtaposed with an Agatha Christie novel is joined by a humble `Hairdryer' and `Tegan Jovanka's Lipstick, followed by the archetypal DOCTOR WHO barrier-to-be-succumbed (`A Door') and loathed - in its juiced form - by the Sixth Doctor, `Carrots'. As you can see, there is neither rhyme nor reason to their selection, and there lies its strength.

Certainly, this is not another boring and earnest `encyclopaedia' and may be the first DOCTOR WHO `coffee-table book' that even the most casual of series viewers would not be embarrassed to have on display.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I received my copy of 'Doctor Who - A History of the Universe in 100 Objects' from two of my closest friends on my twenty-fifth birthday. They know that I have become somewhat of an avid Whovian since the series' revival in 2005, and thought this book would be a great little coffee-table reader. Compiled and authored by James Goss and Steve Tribe (famous names in the world of media tie-in novelisations and compendia) have attempted to put together a history of the Doctor's Universe from event one (the big bang) to the end of reality itself. The way they have done this is in a way very similar to the recent anthropological BBC radio programmes and academic articles, published by specialist lecturers from the Open University, exploring humanity and nature's most important and beautiful accomplishments through the interdisciplinary study of material culture. Both animate and inanimate objects are given as examples, including such things as a simple door, the Lost Moon of Poosch, the Doctor's scarf and the Face of Boe, amongst many others. In their preface introduction, Goss and Tribe declare that 'this book is wrong', meaning that every reader will have their own opinions on what should be included in their list of objects that are meant to explore the realms of the Doctor Who universe. I certainly agreed with most, but sometimes disagreed with the addition of others, but these opinions are simply to be expected when searching through the history of such a rich and diverse media franchise.
This publication from BBC Books was released in 2012, just after the new series' seventh season episode 'Asylum of the Daleks' aired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good info 2 Dec 2012
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A very detailed book, tons of "who" facts and photos, goes into detail with small type not a kiddie book something for the genuine fan, my husband loved it, got it for my stepson for Xmas too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 2 Oct 2012
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I think any fan of Doctor Who should have this book. The book is really well edited, photography is wonderful and it has absolutely everything about Doctor Who's objects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book for all Dr Who fans 27 Nov 2012
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I should really ask my son to review this, as I bought it for him but to my surprise I quite like it myself as well. It is a mixture of phantasy, humour, real history and 'Dr Who history' all in one. There are many many very pretty images, not just from the Dr Who series but also from paintings, drawings etc.

Many kids may not be too enticed to open up "Children's Encyclopedia Volume 16" but I know for sure my nearly 9-yr old Dr-Who fan will be happily glancing through this book, looking at his favourite Daleks, K9, Cybermen... and learning loads about real history on the way. Because there is, just to take an example, 3 pages dedicated to gas masks, describing its use during the 2nd world war, explaining how they work and then listing when and how they appeared in Dr WHo.

The text is very informative but not written for kids really, too hard for them to take it all in. I do think though that my son's fascination with Dr Who is not just temporarily but that it may last for many years to come and this book may well teach him loads as he grows older.
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Every object tells a story. From ancient urns and medieval flasks to sonic screwdrivers and glass Daleks, these 100 objects tell the story of the entire universe, and the most... Read more
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I really can't comment as this was bought for my Husband but he loves it! He is a massive Dr Who fan but reckons this is a must have!
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This product is really perfect. Is really big and well-written, with beautiful illustrations. Everything you must know about The Doctor is in this book!
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A good keepsake for Dr Who fans. My son was very pleased with his present for Christmas. Lots of facts to lookover.
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Really pretty book, excelent for any Dr.Who fan. Good build quality. Definitely worth the 7.50 or so pounds I paid for it.
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