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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2002
This is a fascinating book - unfortunately the paper is very poor and the general production quality screams "cheap" !! It's also rather too small to be used comfortably. It would be nice to see this re-issued in a larger format, on better paper - I'm sure it would then become THE reference book for Who fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 1999
The 11th Planet, in a reader survey said that Dave howe was the best guide writer in the world, when he teams up with the other two he's unstoppable, and so here it is, the Armchair guide, it's a must for anyone, it has to be a part of any sci-fi fan's collection, no matter what! It reeks quality and for your cash you gat 800+ pages...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2002
A fascinatingly complete analysis of every televised story. You may not always agree with the conclusions about the stories, but you will inevitably find yourself reaching for it every time you watch an episode. This is slightly superior to the earlier less balanced "Discontinuity Guide".
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on 1 September 2013
Being familiar with Messrs Howe and Walker’s meticulous research and writing via four of their excellent Doctor Who Handbooks, I had no hesitation in buying this guide. Indeed if you combine the information included here with that in the separate Handbooks, then you will arguably have the most complete and detailed guide to Classic Era Doctor Who.
Covering every single TV story from 1963-1989, plus the 1996 feature movie, the book opens with an essay on the origins of the programme, followed by a piece on the first Doctor, William Hartnell.
The debut episode is the pilot (not seen in public until 1991), and then it’s into the first season.
After major cast and crew credits, there is a brief plot synopsis, followed by a description of each episodes cliff-hanger (something sadly missing from nu-Who), lots of facts and trivia, with various popular myths being exploded, and finally a critical analysis, which, unlike certain other Doctor Who guides never becomes overbearing.
And that’s how it continues throughout the rest of this books 548 pages. The remaining ten pages are given over to a full checklist of all Doctor Who stories available on either video or novel form, which of course is now rather out of date!
What sets this book above it’s many rivals is the fact that it is recognised by the BBC as the official guide; indeed great chunks of it appear on the BBC’s own Doctor Who episode guide website.
Having it in print however is still the best way; just grab it off the shelf and turn to the entry you want to read, and having it all in one single publication makes this book highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 1999
As usual, this is another superior effort from what I consider to be the finest Doctor Who historians around. It is quite a hefty and involved read, and contains (almost) everything you'd want to know about the best SF Tv series ever. My only complaint? The rather shoddy paper it's printed on leaves a lot to be desired. I'd rather pay more for a better stock, but otherwise, don't miss this one for the world!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 1998
This is a must buy book for any Doctor Who fan. Even if you have all the handbooks I suggest that you buy this anyway, it is a very well layed out book. A lot of the information is new and hasn't been seen before. The views section focuses on the ideas of the time with fan reviews from club magazines. A bargain at the normal price and with 20% off here, you get a very thick book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 1999
I have found this guide very informative having only been 2 years old when the series started. It includes details of popular myths about Doctor Who, "postponed because of the Kennedy Assassination etc." Has enough detail to cover individual episode without being more factual than neccessary. I would recommend it to anyone catching up with missed episodes or seeing them anew on Video or UK Gold.
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