Doctor Who: Who-ology (Dr Who) Hardcover – 2 May 2013
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The official miscellany, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who.
About the Author
Cavan Scott has written numerous books, audio dramas and comics strips based on such series as The Sarah Jane Adventures, Skylanders, Judge Dredd and, of course, Doctor Who. He has written about the good Doctor’s adventures in such magazines as SFX and Doctor Who Magazine and regularly appears at Doctor Who conventions around the country.
Mark Wright is a journalist and author and has written many audios, short stories and comic strips featuring new adventures for the Doctor, along with tie-ins to other series such as The Power Rangers and The Sarah Jane Adventures. He is a regular contributor to Doctor Who Magazine.
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I'm pleased to say the finished product does not disappoint. It never pretends to be more than it is - a fun, witty collection of assorted Doctor Who minutiae. It is very well presented; a nice, solid hardback volume in similar size to hardback novels, with a striking yet simple full colour cover (by Lee Binding) and then in black-and-white throughout. The illustrations (as previously mentioned, from Ben Morris) are in a simple, striking and effective black and white caricature style that sits well with the sometimes-less-than-serious (but certainly never comedic) content. Ben has a unique graphic style that remains both faithful to its sometimes complex subject matter and yet clear and dynamic to look at.
The authors, Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, have worked hard to compile a huge amount of information from both sides of Doctor Who. The fictional adventures of our favourite Time Lord are represented just as well as the behind-the-scenes production info. Expect timelines, actor biographies, character summaries, episode listings, fact compilations and quotations.
It's possible that the style of the book may not be to everyone's taste. There's a lot of detail for the casual fan to absorb, yet not as much real in-depth knowledge that the hard-core fan would expect.Read more ›
The 50th Anniversary of the Dr series of programmes brought out a plethora of books covering the programme and its history. So this book ( again by BBC books) is but one of many covering ( in this case) up to 2012/13.
I have probably ( at one time or another) seen all of the episodes since the first dramatic episode in November 1963 (broadcast delayed by the death of President Kennedy , if I remember correctly) .(I will never know if I am correct as , sadly , so many of the early episodes ( film or early video) were trashed by the BBC and odd film copies only arise now in odd parts of the world like Nigeria – not that Nigeria itself is odd – just that finding Dr Who film there is somewhat unusual)
So to the book – it starts with a 50 year diary of the Who timeline
It proceeds to discussing companions, villains, sonic screwdrivers and onto such gem trivia as to which actors also featured in Coronation street , the archers, James Bond , Harry Potter and other worthy programmes and films . Famous first and last words , time lord abilities , UNIT , the Tardis and its technology and the like are among many of the topics tackled. ( Too many to mention here)
It ends by listing by month/year of the Who episodes (with dates of transmission but little about the actual plots )
The book is for the dedicated WHO trivia buff aiming to bore the local pub to tears but if you wanted exact details and plots of the programmes in order you may need to look elsewhere – still give it a 5 star rating for effort and shear zaniness.
And it's all with thanks to BBC BOOKS' Police Box design wrapped, DOCTOR WHO - THE OFFICIAL MISCELLANY compiled by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright.
Should it include a `health warning' sticker on the cover? Certainly. Your life will never be the same again.
Irrelevant and irreverent in glorious & simultaneous measure that is, literally, regrettably for the post-lunch washing-up of crockery & utensils as it slowly plays host to colonies of bacterial mould as it remains unattended for days, literarily addictive. Ideally, the publishers should have designed into the publication `pace-pages' (never heard of them? Me neither...) that stop you firmly in your reading tracks, with a gentle reminder that "Please, feed the cat" or "Homework to complete" or "Go to Work and earn money".
How does knowing that Daleks have screeched their infamous battle-cry 496 times across the series, or that Matthew Waterhouse is the youngest actor to play an original TARDIS companion, or that the Third Doctor's `flying car' was actually called `Alien' help you improve your daily life? It doesn't but DOCTOR WHO fans are, in Freudian psychology terminology, `anally retentive', scrabbling for every nuance of information whether factual or incredulously creative, and DOCTOR WHO - THE OFFICIAL MISCELLANY will sate that feral appetite.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gift for my nephew so cannot really comment on the contentPublished 14 days ago by Michelle Davison
Very Good book. I read it at least 5 times. Very fast delivery, came in 4 days.Published 6 months ago by kelvin wong
A good Doctor Who publication with some information that may be new to whoavians every where, I thought I knew everything but certainly found out that I didn't know everything!!!.Published 7 months ago by Mr. R. S. Clancy
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