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Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849904812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849904810
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.3 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,985 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 By chicalem on 28 Sept. 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 By The EYE OF HORUS Editor on 5 Oct. 2012
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fealebees on 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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I asked my brother to buy me this book for Christmas; instead of The TARDIS Handbook (q.v) The main reason for changing my mind was that it contained a lot more pages for just a couple of quid more. I used the "look inside" feature which allowed me to read the first of (supposedly) 100 objects, "The urns of Krop Tor" and I could not wait for Christmas Day to arrive so I could read the rest of it; we had it delivered to my own address so it took a lot of willpower not to look past the first pages. What I like about this particular book is it mixes fiction with fact - one of the objects, for example, is the fob watch which contained the Doctor's and Master's consciences. It also delved in to the history of clocks, explaining that fob watches came about some time after World War One. It contains objects across Doctor Who's history from William Hartnell to Matt Smith. It even cross references some of the objects. Some of the entries go into a lot of details, whilst others are annoyingly concise. The book also contains many black and white and colour photographs, and lists what other sci-fi works influenced the Dr Who stories. There are only 97 objects; in my opinion for the following reasons. The Pandorica entry is incomplete, but there is a line through the double pages which resembles the crack in time, so my guess is, this is not a defect but deliberate. The UNIT entry has "Classified" sections in it which are blacked out, and one of the objects is simply a flow chart which I simply cannot follow. I don't know if it would appeal to Science Fiction fans who aren't Doctor Who fans (I'm sure there be some of them out there), but for Doctor Who fans such as myself, it's a fantastic book.
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