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on 28 March 2014
As other reviewers have mentioned, this is quite a subjective overview of Doctor Who - no problem with that if it's presented as a series of reviews. Unfortunately, this is meant to be a reference book. Far worse, however, are the blatant errors Danes makes. Even if he wasn't sure of the details, other reference books abound, and let's be honest a quick check on the internet would have saved his face.
For example, he lambasts the "cliffhanger" scene from Dragonfire, but claims this happens at the end of part two, and is resolved in part three. Er, no it doesn't. He complains about the guards quoting from "The Unfolding Text", but rather diminishes his argument by claiming this happened in The Happiness Patrol. Which it doesn't. He states that Maxil shoots the Doctor "in the back" in Arc of Infinity. No he doesn't. And so on.
It is these inaccuracies, combined with the lack of objectivity that spoil this book. We have to ask who it is aimed at. If it's for relative newcomers, then make sure you get your facts right. If it's for old hands, then know your audience. We're used to spotting mistakes from a very long distance.
Overall, this is a blatant attempt to cash in on the 50th Anniversary, and should be avoided. If Danes can't be bothered to write his book properly, I'd advise you not to buy it.