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Useful guide for the fiftieth anniversary
on 18 July 2013
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.