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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide for the fiftieth anniversary
With the fiftieth anniversary it is, perhaps, inevitable that there will be demand for guides such as this. As a compendium that includes all the companions from across all Doctor Who media (ie. the novels, audio books/plays, comic strips and spin-offs) it is a fairly comprehensive collection. It is particularly strong in providing detailed explanations concerning the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had high hopes for his book but sadly it fell well short of my expectations , the author is very knowledgable but made some errors ! The book began to run our of steam in the later chapters
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide for the fiftieth anniversary, 18 July 2013
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With the fiftieth anniversary it is, perhaps, inevitable that there will be demand for guides such as this. As a compendium that includes all the companions from across all Doctor Who media (ie. the novels, audio books/plays, comic strips and spin-offs) it is a fairly comprehensive collection. It is particularly strong in providing detailed explanations concerning the interaction between spin-off shows `The Sarah Jane Adventures' and `Torchwood' with Doctor Who. It also, in general, makes a valiant effort at doing the same with other media although it is a somewhat impossible task to establish any firm canonicity. The authors have sensibly chosen not to try this with the multiple conflicting stories surrounding Ace, who is given, perhaps as a result of this, one of the most interesting sections of the book.

Obviously it is to be expected that certain companions will get more coverage than others due to the personal preferences of the authors, but where the guide sometimes fails is in the space allotted to each companion. For example, one of the reasons I bought this guide was because I vaguely remembered the companion Sharon (who travels with the Fourth Doctor in what is now known as the Doctor Who Magazine during its earliest days) and wanted to know about her. Unfortunately she is mentioned in only one sentence. In comparison Ace, Rose and Amy are given immense sections when most fans will probably know a lot about hem anyway.

The sections concerning the Doctors since the programme has returned are also given much more coverage, possibly at the expense of the earlier Doctors. The sections on Rose, Amy, Martha and Donna are all so long that they soon almost become lists of what the character does in each episode rather than being about their characteristics or personality.

There are also a couple of oddities such as Liz Shaw not being credited for `The Five Doctors' whilst Zoe and Jamie do.

Overall the book is a comprehensive and fine addition to the mass of such guides that are available and for the fiftieth anniversary. This will be ideal for anyone who wants to discover all the various media their favourite companion may have appeared in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tottaly Doctor Who, 21 Sep 2013
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This book covers more than fifty years of Britain's favourite time traveller, his many companions make up what it is to be alongside this alien, and here the author encapsulates every known tv companion and beyond with information that endears you to them.

A fantatsic read through and thorough, if you thought you knew everything about the Doctor's companions think again 10/10
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 22 July 2013
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I had high hopes for his book but sadly it fell well short of my expectations , the author is very knowledgable but made some errors ! The book began to run our of steam in the later chapters
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, 12 Aug 2013
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Good book, well written. Would have scored higher had it explored the "expanded universe" more effectively (non-TV material is glossed over in some parts and gains reasonable coverage in others, giving the impression that the author has ignored anything he doesn't like); but would definitely recommend to any Who-fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 12 Oct 2013
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D. A. Putley "dapsoton" (southampton, england) - See all my reviews
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so glad I got this even though it is unofficial..................great to dip in and out of....perfectly researched and written it is a veritable who's who what where and how of the character not the actor.......recommended and at a good price....stocking filler for the who fan in your life........
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5.0 out of 5 stars book, 1 Oct 2013
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great and fast dilivery, hank you and hope to have your custom again maybe in the near future sometime, thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good for fans, 25 Sep 2013
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KatyScott "Katy Scott" (Liverpool) - See all my reviews
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This is THE unofficial guide to the experiences of all of the companions of the first eleven Doctor Who incarnations.

It's certainly very well researched and well-written.

Obviously, it's ideal for the Doctor Who Superfan.

Katy Scott
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Author of Doctor Who Questions Answers and Trivia
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