Constable and Robinson, s/b, £6.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns
Just like the old fence paint adverts said; this does what it says on the tin. It is a complete guide to Doctor Who – the television series, books, audio plays and various spin offs.
This starts with the very first William Hartnell episode and, going all the way up to the end of Matt Smith’s first series (the 31st), it lists the principal cast members, a brief synopsis, major crew (e.g. director, composer, writer), and then a brief dissection of each episode followed by a verdict from the author.
I’ve always been more of a casual fan of Doctor Who – I cut my teeth on the classic Tom Baker years and gave up when it descended into farce with Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. However, I found this book absolutely fascinating – it’s full of nuggets of trivia, ranging from where the show was filmed (all around West London and the Home Counties for the early years), to guest stars, future doctors and companions’ appearances before their times.
Whether you’re a casual fan or more die-hard, this book is an excellent companion to the series and an enjoyable read. Relive your youth and the Doctor that you grew up with through these pages, or just discover facts about the life and times of everyone’s favourite Time Lord.