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This review is from: Doctor Who: Who-ology (Dr Who) (Hardcover)
Who-Ology is a fascinating book, joining a long line such as "The Discontinuity Guide", "The Book of Lists" and "The Completely Useless Encyclopedia"
It's nowhere near as good as any of the above, but has made essential late night toilet reading. Full of facts that make you go "I never knew that," others that make you go "Wrong!", and a huge amount of stuff we already knew but in one handy book. Which is probably where its great flaw lies.
Spreading itself over so many topics, sone of it is basic. It's all very well telling us who was in Who as well as Star Trek, Harry Potter etc, but could have gone deeper - such as the name of their character in the other show.
Also by only focussing on the soaps that are still on air, we get Hollyoaks, but it would have been much more interesting to include some of those that have finished - such as my personal favourite, Brookside. Even Crossroads or the Verity Lambert produced Elderado wpuld have been interesting.
And to say that the episode The Bomb name checks itself because a Monoid asks "What about the bomb?" surely is taking things a bit too far.
So overall, a fairly competent book let down by mistakes, omissions and strange choices, but some smashing illustrations, really good trivia and interesting design.