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The classic Doctor Who guide from the 1990's - now available as an e-book
on 7 December 2013
Originally published in 1995, The Doctor Who Discontinuity Guide is an entertaining read which also proved to be quite influential - later guidebooks such as About Time by Tat Wood and Lawrence Miles owe an obvious debt to this book.
Covering 26 years in a single volume means that no story can be covered in a great deal of detail, but even given the space restrictions there's plenty of interesting information and contentious opinions here (Cornell/Day/Topping always had strong views, and no-one is likely to agree with all of them).
The strengths and weaknesses of each story are analysed in various sections (dialogue triumphs, dialogue disasters, goofs, etc) as well as a continuity section which looks at what we learn in any particular story for the first time and how this links up with existing series continuity. There are also various box-out essays, such as the attempt to explain the tangled Dalek history, which look at particular areas of the series in more depth.
Contrary to one of the other reviews, the text here is provided pretty much exactly as the original edition - with no attempt to re-write or update with information on Nu-Who. That's fine by me, like fanzine articles of the time The Discontinuity Guide stands as a time capsule of the period it was written in - reflecting or sometimes kicking against the opinions of 1990's Doctor Who fandom (for example, it's slightly odd to think that when this book was originally published its positive review of The Gunfighters came as a surprise to some - back then the story was still regarded by many as one of the series' low-points).
And although it's nearly 20 years old it still stands up today as a good piece of Doctor Who writing and a concise and witty summary of the series from 1963 - 1989.