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Who Is The Doctor by [Burk, Graeme]
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""Who is the Doctor" is well-argued and considered and persuasive enough to keep you reading just that little bit more." --Vanessa Bishop, "Doctor Who Magazine"

"An incisive, unpretentious, eminently readable commentary on the first seven years of new "Who". The authors' easy but lively discourse makes for a thought-provoking dialectic -- a joyful celebration of fan love. Unofficial episode guides don't come much more engaging than this." --Benjamin Cook, writer for "Doctor Who Magazine, "and co-author "Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale"

"concentrated commentary on the worlds of the BBC's "Doctor Who"." --"Two-Minute Time Lord"

"ECW Press has made some fantastic TV show companion books, and this is a great addition to their line-up." --Craig Byrne, "KSiteTv.com"

"This is one of the finer episode guides I have run across for any show, and highly recommend it for any fan of the ninth, tenth, or eleventh Doctor." --"Book Guys & Book Girls"

"From the most ardent devotees to new-on-the-scene followers, every fan has something to gain from this indispensable handbook ... a thought-provoking and educational supplement to the first six series of the re-launched "Doctor Who"." --Lacie Patterson, "Boomerocity.com"

"Who is the Doctor" is a strong addition to the many volumes written about the new show, and one that, I suspect, will be referred to long after the more cerebral analyses have faded into oblivion." --Paul Simpson, "Sci-Fi Bulletin"

""Who is the Doctor" offers additional depth to the series, partly by picking out the important (and the trivial) things that are done in each episode." --Steven Silver, "Steven Silver's Reviews"

About the Author

Graeme Burkis a writer and "Doctor Who" fan whose work has been featured in the show's anthologies published by the BBC. He is the former editor of "Enlightenment," the fanzine of the Doctor Who Information Network. Robert Smith? is a professor of disease modeling at the University of Ottawa. He is the editor of the Doctor Who Ratings Guide--one of the premier "Doctor Who" fan websites--and the author of a number of "Doctor Who" short stories. They are the coeditors of "Time, Unincorporated--"a collection of the show's fan writing. They both live in Ottawa, Ontario.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3484 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1550229842
  • Publisher: ECW Press (6 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HNAPWQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Since Doctor Who returned to our TV screens in 2005, it has become a runaway success so it’s astonishing that this unofficial DW episode guide appears to be the only one currently available for the new series.
It’s not even a British affair; the two authors are Canadian, and the book is published by the Toronto based ECW Press.

So is it worth shelling out for? TV episode guidebooks usually fall into two categories. There are those that are just ego trips for the writers, full of bombast and nit picking, with little in the way of episode plot, trivia and facts.
The other type gives you an overload of detail and facts on each episode, with just a small amount of criticism.
‘Who Is The Doctor’ falls somewhere in the middle; well researched in it’s episodic facts and figures, but also weighed down with lengthy criticisms.
This book covers in detail the first six seasons, plus all the specials, whilst articles known as Psychic Papers provide actor and writer biog’s, plus other information concerning characters and events from the Classic Series which link through to nu-Who.
There’s an opening essay on the history of the programme from it’s beginnings in 1963 up to 2005, but I would like to have seen an essay on how original show runner Russell T. Davies overhauled DW, and his thinking on how to present it to a 21st century audience, with the influences of modern television drama presentation.

It goes without saying that Doctor Who now looks absolutely astonishing, with a lavish production design courtesy of a budget that the Classic Series could only dream of, and our two authors are over the moon about it. But in the end it all comes down to the writing; all the CGI effects in the world can’t hide a lousy script.
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Beginning when the show returned in 2005, this book is a comprehensive guide to all the episodes from 'Rose' until the end of series 6 and 'The Wedding of River Song'.

It's an enjoyable read, not too technical or over geeky. Whether you agree or not with the view of the writers, it's a fun book to either read right through or dip into as you watch the episodes.
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