on 4 February 2006
I am really surprised that no-one has bothered to review this EXCELLENT book - I have a lot of Doctor Who books, and this is definitely the most informative and useful. I would recommend to everyone.
It does exactly what it says on the cover, giving you a run-down of every one of the stories, in correct order, from the outset, upto and including the McGann movie.
Its a BIG read. It isn't something you'll go cover to cover on; you pick it up, dip in & read about a story.
It gives you a decent sized mini-biography of EVERY Who story, and they are divided into sections (names, actors, dates, trivia, myths, things to look for, things you might not have known etc etc).
One of the things that I REALLY like about this book, is it contains analysis and opinion of every story, and it remains FUNDAMENTALLY POSITIVE throughout!!! Thats quite unusual in the Who world. Most Who critics seem to spend most of their time moaning about flaws (just check out the web reviews of DVDs, CDs and books - I'm right). I'm often left wondering why some people even bother! David Howe & Stephen James Walker clearly adore the show and the book is a labour of love, but it's not mindless sappy gush, its positively slanted critical review and analysis. Sure, there were things written that I didn't agree with, but I found myself respecting the opinion, as opposed to just being annoyed. It's genuinely quite refreshing!
If I've been watching a DVD, or listening to a BBC lost story, this book is excellent to pick up and find out more about the story in quesiton.
If you look, there is also a special edition leather bound version. Its quite a nice thing.
As I said, an excellent book, and by far the best Dr Who book I own.
on 10 June 2009
This is a very useful resource for anyone interested in the Dr Who stories. It gives details of all the doctors up to and including the eighth, with details of actors and actresses, plus storylines, in chronological order.
on 1 July 2008
Whilst being a modest size, this is a thorough 500+ page guide that has details of all the Doctors, all the episodes, all the cliff-hanger endings, some great quotes from the scripts, analysis and plot. Everything you need, in fact. However, the praise lavished on some of the adventures is curious, since some of them are no longer available. Marco Polo, for example is said to have "polished direction", "lavish sets and costumes" and is "a sumptuous visual treat". Odd, because it no longer exists on film or video! Presumably the authors have very good memories, or are going from stills and scripts!