Where to begin? Well, the contents page is very oddly structured and the book only features a selection of monsters and villains. Although, I doubt a comprehensive edition could be done in a single volume. On top of this, the writing style is overly simplistic and boring. The author admits this is his first book but claims to have an extensive library. It seems strange to me that someone so, apparently, well read would produce something so tediously written.
However, my biggest gripe is that it just doesn't do what the title suggests which is to get under the skin of the creatures that plague the Doctor's life and expose their deeper meanings. Most of each chapter is little more than a synopsis followed by a few brief but obvious points that do not constitute much of an analysis of the Doctors foes at all. For example, Kroll would have been more intimidating and impressive if he had appeared bigger. The content of this book is just far too shallow.
Doctor Who has been on global television screens for nearly fifty years, and many of its most memorable protagonists have been its monsters, The Daleks, Cybermen, Slitheen, the Sonterans, Ood, Wiirrn, and others. Entertainingly and provocatively written, and introduced by Who scriptwriter Paul Cornell, The Doctor s Monsters takes a new look at these and many other creatures, and asks what inspired them and what lies behind them. If the Daleks are based on ideas of genetic purity, and the Cybermen on fears of transplant surgery, what about the Autons, the Zarbi, or the Weeping Angels? Science fiction critic Graham Sleight examines stories from the whole of Doctor Who s history to give this unique perspective on the series. Why are we so scared of monsters? Why do they look and act the way they do? How do they reflect the time and place that the series is broadcast in? Along the way, the book provides a history - from an unusual angle - of how this most enduring of TV science fiction series has created and recreated itself. The book also contains a comprehensive glossary of the creatures seen in Doctor Who. It is a must for any fan of the series.