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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.
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VINE VOICEon 14 October 2016
Full of great material, ideal for both fan and reviewer. It's a shame Paul et al are too busy being successful to update for the new series! It's packed full of insight and not afraid to have opinions.
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on 1 December 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this book to and from work and it was devoured in just a few days. Easy to read, informative, funny and very reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend for a fan who fancies stringing together threads of the show's history that were woven by people who had no real idea as to what the tapestry would eventually look like.
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on 23 March 2016
Wonderfully witty and full of information. It's made me want to go out and see the 1960s episodes for myself to see if I agree with their assessments.
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on 20 November 2013
The wonderful thing about Doctor Who is you never know who or what will make a return in the future. I remember the first time this came out all those years ago. It's an interesting read. The disappointing thing is though, it been updated in the light of the series return hence the 3 stars.
If you love the classic series, you will love this.
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on 1 October 2014
Bits and bobs of wit, but all this information is pretty much readily available in the unofficial Wiki, over at Wikia. Despite this, I kind of enjoyed it... To be honest, I'm neutral about it.
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