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About the Author

Justin Richards is Creative Consultant for BBC Books' Doctor Who range, and has written a fair few of them himself. As well as writing for stage, screen and audio, he is also the author of a series of novels for children. Justin lives in Warwick, with his wife, two children and a nice view of the castle.

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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who (Book 65)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (September 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781846077456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846077456
  • ASIN: 1846077451
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justin Richards has written dozens of novels as well as non-fiction books. He has also written audio scripts, a television and stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.

Justin is the author of The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and The Invisible Detective series. He is also Creative Consultant to the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books.

His novel 'The Skeleton Clock' is available as a Kindle eBook.

He lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT W. SAINT JOHN VINE VOICE on December 29, 2009
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The Ultimate Monster Guide is a beautifully layed out, full color sturdy hardback collection of many (not all!) of the monsters that have appeared in the series (new and classic) since 1963 up to this year's "The Planet of the Dead". At 350+ pages for under $20 here on Amazon, it is an exceptional value for fans of Doctor Who. It's more than a zimple A-Z encyclopedia. In addition to the "in series" descriptions of the monsters, there is a great deal of behind the scenes material such as very rare pre-production art, makeup and costume design, and (where appropriate) details of how some monsters have evolved over the past 40 plus years.

Note: If you have Justin Richard's other, smaller tradepaper books (Starships And Spacestations, Creatures And Demons, Aliens And Enemies, etc.) then there is not a great deal of new or different material here. About 70% of it has already appeared in those books. In addition, the book is understandably focused mostly on the new series (2005+, Doctors 9 and 10). But a number of listings from the previous books have been expanded and new ones added. I wouldn't go so far as to say that only a completist should get it, just be warned that if you have previous books in the range, you have seen some of this before (hence the 4 out of 5 stars).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Bassett on January 5, 2010
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I believe using the word "Ultimate" in the title is a bit of an overstatement.

I had expected the book to contain information for all of the monsters that have appeared in both the classic as well as the new series. I didn't expect the entries to be detailed, just highlights, since the book would have to be a bit larger to cover the detail articles.

The book covers the monsters from the new series, Doctors 9 & 10, with some information from the classic doctors when there is something to tie together.

For example, there is an extensive history of Daleks and Cybermen, spanning from the beginning to the current date. The entry on Autons tied the living plastic from Pertwee's era together so you get to read about both.

Now, with that said, I will admit that the book contains a wonderful amount of information regarding the monsters from Doctors 9 & 10. In that respect, I am more than pleased with the book. In addition to the information about a given monster, you'll occasionally find a "making of" section, such as with the Adipose. I always find this type of information interesting.

The bottom line... if you are looking for monster information, mainly from the current series, buy the book, you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for information on the classic monsters, ones without ties to the current series, then this book isn't for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Sharp on July 19, 2012
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I was a little disappointed in this book. It is full of quite a few bad guys and there was some fun stuff to read, but it wasn't very informative if you've seen every episode. There was really little to no outsider information. Where they spent so much time fleshing out plots of episodes, they could have spent more time showing us inside anatomy or telling us more information about the creature's physiology and culture. That would have been really fun. This really only skims the surface. I guess I was expecting more of a crypto-biology book.

The other issue is that they give far too much attention to some really stupid characters. Mostly stuff like the Slitheen or the Abzorbaloff. While the 10 pages of Daleks or Cybermen were appreciated, giving anymore than 2 pages to flash in the pan aliens seems like new Who fan servicing, and this is coming from a new Who fan! I've only been watching the show for a year and I've seen all of it, so even the new fans want more than this at times. This is made all the more evident when more pages of a lack luster alien leaves out room for the Sensorites or the Drashigs!

All in all, the book is still pretty quality. They don't cut costs on the production, and it's beautifully illustrated. What little background information and stuff about the characters that isn't in the show is appreciated. It's just not anywhere close to as good as it could have been.
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This book is great! Growing up watching Doctor Who reruns during the late 80's and early 90's, I was quite happy to find a book that includes so many of the monsters and aliens from the original series in addition to those in the more recent series. The wide range of entries gives a good feel of the continuity of the first ten incarnations of the Doctor (this edition doesn't include the 11th Doctor), especially the entries about creatures which the Doctor faces multiple times. Thus it is informative for old and new fans alike.

However, even with all the little nuggets of knowledge, I wish the entries were more in depth. I especially felt the section about the Master was far too brief - granted, he appeared in so many episodes that it could easily get to be a rather lengthy entry, and references to him are made in other entries; but as such an important foe of the Doctor's, I think he deserves more thorough exploration.

The two entries that are most extensive are, of course, about the Cybermen and Daleks. I like how they give brief descriptions of each episode in which these foes appear.

All in all, this book is a must have for all Doctor Who fans interested in learning more about the Doctor and his companions through their many diverse encounters with all the strange, strange creatures.
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