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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2014
An enjoyable enough read, if a little consistent throughout. It may perhaps have something to do with the authors own companion preferences. It's a shame the book loses steam as soon as we reach David Tennant's Doctor, with the Expanded Universe for his and Matt Smith's Doctor briefly slotted in towards the back. The author preferring to use their allocated space to tell us every single thing the likes of Donna and Rory do on screen. A complete contrast to the more evenly covered eras of the first eight Doctors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2014
A superbly detailed guide to The Doctor's companions which goes into great depth in covering not only the TV series but also the "expanded universe" of books, audio and comics.

The author does his utmost to reconcile the companions history between TV and other media and there are some great memories in there (whilst I joined the TV series at Tom Baker, I was a big reader of the Target books as a child),

Essential for fans, although may be a little daunting for casual watchers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2013
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
on 22 July 2013
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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on 5 May 2015
Easily one of the best books dealing with Doctor Who companions written, possibly the best. Unlike similar books it doesn't insist every major character is a companion but includes them for completeness yet treats them as the significant (e.g. Astrid) or recurring (e.g. The Brigadier) character they are. The book also covers the companions from the various series of books and the Big Finish audios. Well written, engaging and interesting. A very useful reference book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
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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on 9 August 2014
not bad bit over long , some of the non TV companion stuff is really for pureists only
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on 21 February 2015
very informative. very good for dr.who fans
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2013
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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