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Doctor Who: Starships and Spacestations Paperback – 15 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Illustrated Edition edition (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846074231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846074233
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Justin Richards has written more books than he can remember. He has also written audio scripts, television, a stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of - amongst other things - The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and the series The Invisible Detective, Time Runners, and Agent Alfie. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself.
His latest novel - The Skeleton Clock - is available for the Kindle.
Justin lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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Book Description

Justin Richard's bestselling Doctor Who guide to spacecraft from across the universe

About the Author

Justin Richards is the Creative Consultant for the BBC's range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself. As well as writing for stage, screen and audio, he is also the author of The Invisible Detective and Time Runners series of novels for children, and Agent Alfie for younger readers.

As well as collaborating with thriller writer Jack Higgins, he writes standalone novels for older children including The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, and The Parliament of Blood.

Justin lives in Warwick, with his wife, two children and a nice view of the castle.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. F. on 15 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Whilst I have been suitably impressed with previous volumes of Justin Richards' Doctor Who guides, I was left feeling that the new edition seemed like it was done by someone else, someone who didn't care quite as much about the content. Previous books have focused on various aliens and enemies of the Doctor, with a healthy mix of Classic foes and villains from the new series up to the point of publishing. So for example, last year's "Creatures and Demons" book featued old skool terrors like the Krynoid and the Wirrn, alongside monsters from the tail end of S2 (the Cult of Skaro) and first half of series 3 (Judoon, Sec Hybrid). Arranged in alphabetical fashion, with beautiful photos and design sketches, the first three books were great for fans wishing to complement their Classic guides with new Who info, and ideal for newcomers to both incarnations. Most importantly, the guides featured a detailed index at the back for referencing monsters and the episodes they feature in.

The new book "Starships and Spacestations" is a real departure from the "a-z monsters" approach, and the book suffers as a result. One need only look at the contents page to see how haphazardly the guide has been assembled. Previous books have had around 30 entries to peruse, whilst the new volume has just 6 and tries to lump together categories of alien and Earth ships from across time and space and both versions of the show.

It also tries to stick to the principle of mixing old and brand new with mentions for late S3 episodes and early S4, but these are randomly shoved in - who would honestly expect "The Fires of Pompeii" to crop up in a book on starships and spacestations?
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The third in Justin Richards' series of lavishly illustrated and detailed accompaniments to the rebooted TV series of Doctor Who; this book showcases spacecraft and spacestations (hence the name!) that have appeared on the show over the past four years, as well as some that featured in the programme's original twenty-six year run. The special effects available to Doctor Who producers have improved tremendously over the years, but the show's designers and model makers have always performed wonders on a relatively limited budget (with the odd exception of course!) The crab-like Jagaroth ship from 1979's `City of Death', Satellite 5 from 2005 story `The Long Game', and a Cyber-ship, are just some of the many and varied vessels that appear in the book. With colourful depictions, stock photos, a glossy cover and a large amount of detail; this publication makes a great gift and I'm certain will give great enjoyment to fans of the venerable sci-fi show, both young and old (and in-between!)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kit on 23 July 2008
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This book can provide you with many facts and information, covering most of the past Doctors. It also takes you through the journeys of the Doctor and his TARDIS... but it fails to mension any information about the future... therefore this is why it failed to achieve the 5 star rating. Overall it's a great book to buy for kids... a must have for all Doctor Who fans!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Just an episode guide 17 Nov 2008
By SRFireside - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for an encyclopedia of the many nifty spaceships you have seen in the many years of Doctor Who episodes you will have to wait longer. This book, while does have some nice pictures of the more notable spacecraft from the long running series, gives you absolutely nothing in regards to details on those vessels. All you get is a plot synopsis from the episode the ship aired on and on many entries a behind the scenes tidbit on design or construction of the ship. Nothing else.

This book is part of a series of paperbacks being created due to the current upswing of the Doctor Who series. For new and casual fans it would be a pretty neat book to have as long as you know what you're getting into. For longtime fans looking for the technical details and other goodies of this kind I don't think there is much in here for you. As an episode guide it's an inventive way to introduce the show to new fans. Tech book, it is not.
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Another GREAT Doctor Who Reference Book 13 April 2010
By Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area - Published on
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This is a another great book for Doctor Who reference material series with this one focussing on Spaceships and Space Stations. It spans the length of the entire series from the begining to the most recent David Tennant series.

Filled with colorful charts, images and diagrams as well as pictures of scenes and behind-the-scenes - this takes you on a journey of the various shapes, styles and intergalactic cultures that exist in the Doctor Who universe. Soem of which the Doctor has changed directly, influenced its future or those he has even destoyed!

I personally will use this a guide when I am the DM for the new Doctor Who Role Playing Game. Not a very big book - which would be my only minus, but what it has it packs in tightly. Of course there always could be more - but I think they were trying to wet our appetites. Hopefully other volumes will follow!

A must for every Doctor Who fan - Lorenzo M. (4-10)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Doctor Who pocket books still great for fans and No Fans 9 April 2009
By Jorge Dejesus Sanchez - Published on
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Great adition to the BBC series of ilustraded books who with beautiful pictures , gives information about the series. It s cover the new series, but also expands to the classic series as well. A must for Doctor Who fans who have the previous books and a good adition for no fans who want to know more about the world of this fantastic UK SCI FI series!
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