Who's 50 : 50 Doctor Who Stories To Watch Before You Die - An Unofficial Companion Paperback – 14 Nov 2013
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'The storylines with behind the scenes details, trivia and more. The Doctor turns 50 this November.' --Chosen in the November paperback previews in The Bookseller (26 July)
'A collection of the best 50 Doctor Who stories made, along with trivia and facts on all things Who.' --Lancaster Guardian
The authors will be interviewed for a Dr Who 50th anniversary special on BBC Online. --BBC Online
About the Author
Graeme Burk is a freelance writer who has written for magazines, small presses, and websites in Canada and Britain. He is a past finalist for a Writers Guild of Canada award for new screenwriters.
Robert Smith? is a biomathematics professor at the University of Ottawa. He achieved international media attention for a mathematical model of a zombie outbreak. Together, they are the co-authors of Who Is The Doctor (2012). Both live in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Review: 5 stars
General: I am such a huge Doctor Who fan I could not wait to read a book like this!
The only thing I found negative against this book was the voice of the narrators, I am unsure who was really writing which things. I completely agree with personal opinions in novels. However, given this is a family show I was alarmed to find the content and language I did in some of the remarks. I would have liked that to be cleaned up so a child can read it if they wished. (By child I mean 11-12 age range as there are big words and concepts).
With that out of the way I would like to shower praise for all of the fantastic (yes 9 is my favorite) research that was done. Not only was there background on the show and the actors but each episode was given historical and show framework. I wanted to read this to learn the things I did not know only have just found Doctor Who seven months ago. This book was a perfect backdrop for everything! I enjoyed grimacing or cheering when I agreed with a favorite episode. I think that was the best part, seeing if my favorites made it in. I have to say I 100% disagreed with almost every episode picked from the new series but it was great learning about why the ones picked were picked!
If you’re new to ‘Who and don’t know where to begin, you’ll want this in order to get caught up. Likewise, if you’re already a dedicated modern ‘Who fan, you’ll want this for backstory. “Doctor Who“ is a massive series — 813 episodes (252 stories / 35 combined seasons) as of this writing. This book is a fantastic guide for anyone itching to dive into a decades-long, twisty-turny history that ofttimes presents itself as intimidating and impenetrable.
“Who’s 50” is a little light on coverage of the modern (post-2005) programme, but the selections from the classic era (1963 - 1989) are extensively covered. As a holdover from its ‘60s heritage, “Doctor Who” has always been fairly newby-friendly; you can jump into the show at practically any point and very quickly understand it. But if you stick with it you’ll eventually get a bit curious about the show’s history, and that’s where this book comes in handy. Moreover, the authors are — more often than not — spot-on with their choices; a supposition confirmed by a back cover endorsement from no less an authority than legendary 1970’s ‘Who producer, Philip Hinchcliffe, himself.
As a side note, the DVD sets "The Doctors Revisited: One to Four" and "The Doctors Revisited: Fifth to Eighth" are comprised entirely of selections included in this book. "The Doctors Revisited: Ninth to Eleventh" isn’t, but its episodes are no less important.
Happy time traveling!
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