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Doctor Who: The Ultimate Monster Guide Hardcover – September 24, 2009
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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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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).
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read for all DW fans. Filled with great info! Recommended!Published 15 months ago by jaclinhyde
If you have the Doctor then you also have to have the monsters, it's a great collection of all the old and new monsters that have made Doctor Who as great as it is.Published 24 months ago by Lamont Hamilton
The quality of print and presentation of this book.is outstanding but I wouldn't expect any less from a Dr.Who product. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Chris Woodhouse
I love this! It references past episodes from the classic series, monster design and behind the scenes monster make up of current monsters .Published on July 3, 2013 by Jake Rodda
Great book for our 9 year old & for mom and dad. Santa brought it & it's a hit with the familyPublished on January 14, 2013 by CaringConsumer
I got this for my BF for Christmas some time ago. It has a lot and when I say a lot I mean A LOT of information in it not just from the new shows but even from the previous years... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Chanindra