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The Discontinuity Guide Paperback – 1 Oct 2004

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Monkeybrain (1 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932265090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932265095
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,422,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Cornell is a novelist and TV writer who’s working on the new series of Doctor Who. Wa-hey!

Martin Day was born just in time to watch episode four of "The Web of Fear," and his first creative encounter with television was getting a letter about "Castrovalva" read out on Noel Edmond’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop. He’s not sure which fact is most scary. He has written or co-written eight books about television and six novels, most recently Doctor Who - The Sleep of Reason. Some of them are almost readable. Now concentrating on scriptwriting, he has written scripts for the BBC and Channel Five. He lives in Wessex with three humans, a cat, a chinchilla, a hamster, a snake, and numerous tropical fish. The RSPCA have been informed.

Keith Topping is the author of 35 books, including two editions of The Guinness Book of Classic British TV with Martin Day and Paul Cornell, and volumes on series as diverse as The X-Files, The Sweeney, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell, The West Wing, Stargate SG-1 and 24. He has also written four novels (including the award-winning The Hollow Men) and a novella. His most recent books include A Vault of Horror: The Story of 80 Great British Horror Movies 1956-1974 and Slayer: The Last Days of Sunnydale. He is a contributor to both TV Zone and Shivers magazines and a former Contributing Editor of DreamWatch. Keith was born in Newcastle in 1963 on the same day that his beloved United lost 3-2 at home to Northampton Town. Things haven’t improved much since. He regularly appears on local radio and has contributed to the BBC television series I Love the 70s. Keith’s hobbies include socialising with friends, foreign travel, loud guitar-based pop music, football, cricket, social and military history and irking the purists. His autobiography, I’ve Had Her, will be published posthumously.


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
All opinions are valid, but I must strongly disagree with the review below. My copy of The Discontinuity Guide, from the original printing in 1995, is so well-thumbed that it now resembles the Dead Sea Scrolls. It would not have been so often referred to if it were in any way a "boring" piece of work. It is most definitely not "drival (sic)", but a well constructed and genuinely useful reference guide. The Discontinuity Guide breaks down each Doctor Who televison story into several sub-headings, including Technobabble, Continuity, Fashion Victims, Goofs, and Dialogue Triumphs, then concludes with a short (sometimes very short!) opinion on the story. The book has a nicely irreverent and polarised angle on Doctor Who; refreshing for a reference book, where the content is often very dry. One may or may not agree with the opinions expressed by the authors, but there is something here to get one's teeth into regardless of that. Essential. Really, it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Flipper on 28 May 2008
Format: Paperback
The discontinuity guide contains plot summaries and overall "whoniverse" continuity for each of the classic series stories. It also lists favourite quotes, goofs and fashion victims for each story. As a result it contains the right balance of content and comedy that every who fan needs to get through some of the more ludicrous stories but it also helps us to revel in the best moments. My copy of this book is so tatty that I have come here looking for a replacement. I honestly don't understand how this got a bad review unless the reviewer was looking for nothing more than a dry encyclopedia - impossible for a series so full of contradictions.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Evans on 17 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
Great fun and full of trivial information for people like me who just can't get enough Doctor Who. The double entendres and fashion victims sections are a bit stupid, but the goofs and opinions are always interesting. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lavender on 13 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing and although most the content therein is now available on BBC website it is still a must have purchase for any serious whovian. Invaluable
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4 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Paul Metcalfe on 13 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
I found it very irritating because I was reading 'opinions' and not facts. I was hoping for a more interlectual and reasoned dissection of DW over the years but I just got drival. For a compilation by three people I found the content to be very unimaginative even in their opinions. The worst DW buy I have ever made.
You can't forget who wrote this stuff either - their names are at the top of every single page - boring.
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