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- File Size: 2022 KB
- Print Length: 344 pages
- Publisher: Candy Jar Books (23 Jun. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DL957GE
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- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants: An Unofficial Guide Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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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