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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who (BBC) (Book 154)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition/First Printing edition (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849902321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849902328
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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the complete guide to the Daleks - in and out of their casings.,This book stands above many Doctor Who reference books, of both the new series and the Classic. Its presentation is aimed perfectly at the younger audience for which it is intended, yet manages to remain interesting in tone for the older audience... an excellent introduction to the Daleks.,A highly informative tome on the factors that allow the Daleks to capture the imagination of Doctor Who fans everywhere ranging from the really young right to the old.

About the Author

Steve Tribe is the author of three Doctor Who books - The Time Traveller's Almanac, Companions and Allies and The TARDIS Handbook - and of the audiobook Doctor Who: The Essential Companion, and compiled The University Challenge Quiz Book. He has edited two or three hundred books, and contributes, occasionally, to Doctor Who Adventures and the official Torchwood magazine.

James Goss
has written two Torchwood novels and a radio play, as well as a Being Human book. His Doctor Who audiobook Dead Air won Best Audiobook 2010. James also spent seven years working on the BBC's official Doctor Who website and co-wrote the website for Torchwood Series One. In 2007, he won the Best Adaptation category in the annual LA Weekly Theatre Awards for his version of Douglas Adams' novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

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Very informative and excellently written.
Maxwell Zwain
In this book, you will find out everything you ever wanted to know about this deadly enemy but were afraid to ask.
L. Pirozzi
I am a total Doctor Who nerd, and a Dalek fan to boot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grey Lady on October 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This truly is a lovely book. Despite the picture on the front of the book in which the new Dalek paradigm is portrayed rather prominently, this book discusses the Daleks from the beginning in the Classic series until today. Contrary to quite a few other recent publications (like the dictionary and the time traveller's guide) the space taken up by the Classic series is sufficient, even for someone who has been a fan since the early 70's when I was a highly interested 8-year-old. There is a lot of background stuff on Skaro, the Thals, the Dals (!?) and the Kaled's, and the Time War. All Dr. Who's confrontations with the Daleks are discussed extensively (including those serials with episodes that do not exist any more), while the authors even try to make something of the disturbingly complicated Dalek timelines in relation to the timelines of Earth.

Furthermore, information is provided about comics, plays, novels, audio plays and adaptations, and computer games as well (all categorised as Dalekmania). A nice touch is the fact that the Daleks have even asserted their right to be the supreme beings in this universe. You can find this statement in the colofon among the authors' rights, the BBC rights and the mentioning of the Daleks' creator Terry Nation. It made me laugh almost as much as when the Daleks were speaking German in the new series 4 episode Journey's end. I admire these kind of things.

Another nice touch is the illustrative showing of Daleks in all the time periods, starting in 1963, and ending with the new paradigm. I admit to be less than enthousiastic about this latest version. Despite the added size and mass, they seem to be more of a plaything or a toy than the earlier versions that were more spooky and scary.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Frahm on August 15, 2011
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Doctor Who, certainly as the longest running sci fi series (as far as true fans are concerned), needs references. Since we are discussing a program that has history since November of 1963 something like the Dalek Handbook is very handy. In this book Tribe provides a good reference on the Daleks, Davros, and the evolution of this foe of the Doctor and the Time Lords that beats anything else out there. Is it perfect? No. But it is done very well in the style of his previous TARDIS handbook. Any fan of the series should have this book along with the TARDIS handbook.

I certainly hope the publisher and authors would add a couple more volumes to this series on perhaps a few other topics. I would suggest the following additional volumes:

Cybermen Handbook (on original and alternate universe cybermen)
Sontaran Handbook
The Time Lords and their Renegades Handbook (cover the Master, the Rani, Romana, Rassilon, Omega etc)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Devvil on February 14, 2013
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If you love Dr. Who and/or you love the Daleks YOU NEED THIS BOOK, it's much better and easier to follow than "TARDIS the Dr. Who Wikia" or finding and watching/reading all episodes, comics and books, if you want to know more about the Daleks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clarinerd85 on July 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED IT!!

I am a total Doctor Who nerd, and a Dalek fan to boot. At first I thought it was weird that I had such a liking for an enemy creature, but as it turns out, I'm not alone. The Dalek Handbook is everything and anything about Daleks, going all the way back to the classic Who (which, sadly, I have never gotten into). This book traces their wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey history from their home planet, into the Time War with the Time Lords, and their rebirth after falling through the void. Any questions you've ever had about Daleks will be answered in this book.

I also learned all kinds of interesting Dalek trivia -- for example, there are Dalek children's books (sadly only in the UK), and Doctor Who/Dalek stage shows. Different colored Daleks have different ranks. All very cool.

Also, the entire book is in color! Lots of fun Dalek pictures and graphics to check out.

I definitely recommend this book to Who fans!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aubrey Spitzer on February 22, 2012
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I actually got this for my oldest son. He likes Doctor Who a lot (it helps his mom is sort of a scifi geek) and he has always liked the Daleks. I was surprised at how much fun it was to go through the book together and how much I enjoyed it as well. I thought I knew a lot about the Daleks, but I guess I didn't! Perhaps one of the best parts was that although it presented a lot of information it also had a lot of pictures and graphics which made it an enjoyable read for both of us together. There is apparently a TARDIS handbook too that I'll have to track down now for us.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil Rosenbach on December 10, 2011
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I was initially less than thrilled about the idea of this book when I first heard about it. After all, air one more Doctor Who episode regarding the Daleks, and this book can easily become redundant. But after reading most of this, I must admit, it's still a good read for the Dalek fan.

Realistically, it's not perfect. But realistically, what is? The authors try to make sense of the Daleks' convoluted time line, and do this reasonably well, even though they embellished a bit. And since I never tried to publish a book on this matter, my applause to them for trying.

Additionally, since there is some insight to some of the behind the scenes information on various episodes, I gained a further appreciation for them. For example, why was Terry Molloy's masque so different from the previous one? This has now been brought to light. And poor David Gooderson...

Aside from this, I thought the scattered info on Dalekmania was, well, too scattered, and would have rather have it presented it one lump sum. But the more I read this, the more I appreciated the fact that it was presented in a way that was specific to the era. And so again, I applaud the fact that they presented it this way. Nice gob gentlemen.

Although I would have loved to have more information on my favorite baddies, this is titled, "The Dalek Handbook," not "The Dalek Encyclopedia." So take it for what it is. That being, a quick reference guide with some really informative behind the scenes information. Ideally, I would have had the chapters as the individual stories, since the authors did use the chronological airing of the stories, and find an inventive way to explain certain discontinuities.
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