Doctor Who: The Dalek Handbook Hardcover – 12 May 2011
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the complete guide to the Daleks - in and out of their casings., This book stands above many Doctor Who reference books, of both the new series and the Classic. Its presentation is aimed perfectly at the younger audience for which it is intended, yet manages to remain interesting in tone for the older audience... an excellent introduction to the Daleks., A highly informative tome on the factors that allow the Daleks to capture the imagination of Doctor Who fans everywhere ranging from the really young right to the old.
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The authors of the 'Dalek Handbook' have done a great job in their research. Not only is every single TV Dalek story is compiled but a host of theatre productions, films, and books. All the Dalek paradigms are included from their first appearance from the 1960s.
The book is wonderfully layed out with colour/b & w photographs throughout, with rare photo shots as well as minor screen captures here and there. There's some terrific photos from 'Day of the Daleks' and 'Planet of the Daleks'.
I found the book really absorbing. For the average fan, they may know a lot of the stuff in this book, but the way the book is richly researched, it makes this book a must buy. Just look at the samples above in the picture pages on this Amazon website to see what I mean.
There have been similar Dalek books in the past like the wonderful 1979's Target book 'Terry Nation's Dalek Special' which actually gets featured in this 'Dalek Handbook'.
This book is not just for die hard fans of Dr Who, but anyone who likes the Daleks from Classic Dr Who to the 'New' series one.
The book as well as giving a very detailed account of the Daleks - Rank, Episode Guide, related stories - books and other media such as audio and computer games is a worthwhile read, the main problem is once you start, there may be a search party out for you as you will be completely drawn into the book.
As mentioned although the book is primarily a Dalek book, there is accounts of Davros, enemies, planets; notably Skaro their home land and a nostalgic look at comics and magazines from previous decades such as Dalek Specials and the Annuals.
The book is fairly recent, being published this year (2011) so is pretty up to date including the new daleks from the Matt Smith / Eleventh Doctor era.
At the end of the book is a chart showing all* the daleks from the 1960's to the present showing the evolution of the machines, and throughout the book is the development stage of certain types with proposed variations and designs - including the very first to the very last (so far)
* There is however no mention of the Red Dalek (Saucer Commander of the movie version) but that's the only fault, if you can call it that.
All in all a very informative and worthwhile book to get and as I said if you are a DR Who fan AND in particular the Daleks this is a No Questions Asked/No Brainer item for your collection
The book is jammed cover to cover with facts, photographs and illustrations on everything to do with the Daleks on-screen, film and stage and in the media including TV21, Dalek annuals and novelisations. Exploration of the Dalek roots is covered from Davros and the Dals and Thals through the Dalek conquests involving Mechonoids, Cybermen and the Doctor.
If I had to make one criticism it would be that some of the smaller photographs are of very poor quality and this should not be the case with recent digitally remastered copies of the original stories now available on DVD.
Overall, though, I would highly recommend this book to any Doctor Who and Dalek fan.
Furthermore, information is provided about comics, plays, novels, audio plays and adaptations, and computer games as well (all categorised as Dalekmania). A nice touch is the fact that the Daleks have even asserted their right to be the supreme beings in this universe. You can find this statement in the colofon among the authors' rights, the BBC rights and the mentioning of the Daleks' creator Terry Nation. It made me laugh almost as much as when the Daleks were speaking German in the new series 4 episode Journey's end. I admire these kind of things.
Another nice touch is the illustrative showing of Daleks in all the time periods, starting in 1963, and ending with the new paradigm. I admit to be less than enthousiastic about this latest version. Despite the added size and mass, they seem to be more of a plaything or a toy than the earlier versions that were more spooky and scary.Read more ›
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Purchased this one as a replacement for an identical equivalent in storage at home. But still, this can provide me some research for a presentation on the Superior beings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book delivered quickly and in excellent condition. As a Christmas present for a big Dr Who fan the book is packed with everything you need to know about the Daleks and I'm... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anne Kemp
Ideal for a Doctor Who fan such as myself. Very pleased with the book.Published 9 months ago by Jock
It is fantastic! For anyone who just starting to know the Daleks, you must pick this up because it connects how the Dalek were in the stories they appear. Read morePublished 11 months ago by jasmine cheah