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About Time 3: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 7 to 11) [2nd Edition] (About Time; The Unauthorized Guide to Dr. Who (Mad Norwegian Press)) Paperback – May 19, 2009

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  • Series: About Time; The Unauthorized Guide to Dr. Who (Mad Norwegian Press) (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press; 2 edition (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975944673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975944677
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Recovering academic Tat Wood is the person most compilers of previous guidebooks went to for advice and cultural context. Despite having written for just about every major fanzine, he has a rich, full and complex life. "Faction Paradox" creator Lawrence Miles has written. hold on. yeah, eight novels now, and he also co-wrote "Dusted," a Buffy the Vampire Slayer guide.

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One of the most notable areas of change was in the sidebar essays.
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Highly recommended to fans of Doctor Who, especially those brought in by the 2005 series.
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Lots of detail, anecdotes, and relevant events and music of the day.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Zino on February 3, 2005
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In interviews conducted for the I, Who series of books (published, like this volume, by Mad Norwegian Press), Lawrence Miles made clear his disdain for backward-looking fans and his monomaniacal insistence that Doctor Who move ever forward in order to be at all interesting. (Since Miles has written a handful of Doctor Who novels himself, that seems to make him either a fan who wishes to be both of the fandom and simultaneously above it, or, alternately, a professional writer type who is "slumming it".) So it is perhaps not surprising that the overall tone of About Time 3 is one of superiority over the source material. The authors constantly make the point that they know how silly and flawed and poorly-made the Doctor Who TV program was, but that it was just so charming that people liked it. A not altogether invalid point, given that the series WAS flawed and silly much of the time, but a reference work aimed at fans of the show is not really an appropriate place to point such things out so forcefully and repeatedly.

     Nevertheless, the collected data is, as advertised, exhaustive, ranging from continuity notes and information about each story's setting to behind-the-scenes anecdotes. The analysis is informative and thought-provoking, with the sections that explain how each story fits into the time it was made and broadcast being particularly interesting. And the critiques are presented thoughtfully and thoroughly, even if I disagree with their opinions much of the time. Even the sidebar essays (about things like when the UNIT stories actually take place and whether or not Doctor Who was really that chauvinistic) are genuinely fascinating, and to be fair Miles and Wood defend many aspects of the show eloquently. So, despite the slightly sneering bits that turn up on nearly every page, About Time 3 is a must-have reference volume for any more-than-casual Doctor Who fan, and hopefully the rest of the series will follow suit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Roberts on July 1, 2005
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I initially approached the About Time series with a certain sense of trepidation, given that it was published by Mad Norwegian, and I've always had issues with the fanboyish glee that filled the I, Who books, especially towards sex. (This is a Mad Norwegian tradition, admittedly, as even the guide to the TRANSFORMERS features a section on lines that, by and large, are double entendres by a stretch at best.) However, given that the books were co-written by Lawrence Miles, arguably the finest writer to work in the Doctor Who novel range and my favorite writer of Doctor Who material not named Robert Holmes, I thought I'd give this a shot.

ABOUT TIME 3 covers the Jon Pertwee years of Doctor Who, the era of UNIT and the Master and the series going into color-and it covers it in insane detail. THE DISCONTINUITY GUIDE, the previous benchmark for Doctor Who guidebooks, covers the entire 26 seasons of Doctor Who in its length; ABOUT TIME 3 covers all the time Pertwee was the Doctor. Anyone who reads this book and thinks there isn't enough detail in it is the most obsessive of fans. Miles and Wood cover every episode as it appeared on the screen, and delve into not only the themes of each story but the influence of the times on each story, as well as deliver a mind boggling amount of trivia about each and every episode. Speaking as someone who had not seen much of the Third Doctor before this, I have to say that a newcomer to Doctor Who will easily be drawn to this era based on the care Miles and Wood lavish upon the book. (Personally, after reading this I wished THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH existed in a form worthy of DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R David Francis on November 4, 2009
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I thought I'd add a review on this, as there doesn't currently appear to be a single review for this volume of the series (About Time Volume 3, the Second Edition, covering seasons 7-11 (the Jon Pertwee years)); all the reviews are for either the first edition, or other volumes.

I love this entire series, and recommend getting the other volumes. In fact, I even recommend getting both the first and second editions of this volume.

As other have stated, the series is not intended as an introduction to the character and world of Doctor Who, but rather a near-exhaustive compilation of:

- Information on the Doctor, his companions and opponents, and the various aliens he meets, as presented in the series;
- Background on things those of us here in America (and the younger viewers in the UK) wouldn't necessarily know about the times in which the stories were written - information that often opens our eyes to a greater understanding (as well as nigh-useless trivia - for instance, this volume tells us when Britain moved from their old currency system to a decimal-based one [interesting, but unlikely to ever be something I actually *need* to know]).
- Details about the episode (when it aired, how the ratings were, who was in it).
- and, last but not least, the behind the scenes goings on during each story's writing and filming.

In the above (well, except for the lore) the book generally works on the assumption that as much as possible of what we were shown "happened", and tries to reconcile the oddities that arise. Sometimes, they'll just relate the most commonly-held opinions; other times, they'll come to a conclusion of their own. Their format makes clear what's based directly and explicitly on what was on screen, and what's conjecture.
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