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Who Is the Doctor: The Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who-The New Series Paperback – April 1, 2012
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It's a fun read and a real page turner. Highly recommended!
Burk and Smith? do a fantastic job covering the series and the performers. Written from a fan's perspective with a great deal of levity, Who Is The Doctor is a fun read, but not suggested for those who have not yet watched the series. After all, it's an episode guide, taking you from the first episode of the reboot, "Rose," to the last episode of the sixth season, "The Wedding of River Song." The authors point out holes in the story, things that the casual viewer may not notice until it is pointed out, but they also praise the good points of each tale. They are unabashed fans of the current Doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith, and heap enormous amounts of praise upon him for his work in the role.
The book itself has rightly received praise from such genre heroes as author Neil Gaiman and Doctor Who writer Robert Shearman. Anyone who is a fan of the television program starring Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, and Karen Gillan will enjoy and learn from Who Is The Doctor.
My paperback came with an invitation to email the company with proof of purchase for a copy of the DRM-free ebook, which came promptly. Excellent service!
What Neil Gaiman said - except I have lost a heck of a lot more than four hours - cannot seem to put it down!
I challenge you to partake in one episode of the revamped BBC series, Doctor Who, and not be captivated by the adventures of the Doctor as he travels through time saving people and battling evil. Once you are inevitably hooked, quickly get your hands on Who Is The Doctor by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? (the question mark is not, in fact, a typo). From the most ardent devotees to new-on-the-scene followers, every fan has something to gain from this indispensable handbook.
This book is not a play-by-play plot synopsis to gulp down in one sitting so you can fake your way through a conversation. It is, however, a thought-provoking and educational supplement to the first six series of the re-launched Doctor Who. For new fans, the authors do include a briefing on the original program which aired from 1963 to 1989 making it the longest-running science fiction television series in the world. Once readers are up to speed, Burk and Smith add delightful flavor to current episodes with their witty and thorough analysis. Each section includes a brief overview of the plot, a dissection of references to previous Who episodes and other media, trivia, and a breakdown of irregularities and inconsistencies.
But perhaps the most insightful (and entertaining) element is the authors' opinions at the end of each entry where Burk and Smith lay out their critiques separately. At the very least, the reader is given plenty of food for thought when watching this layer cake of a production. Though as an added treat, the two often disagree, and the debate that ensues becomes icing... well, you know where I'm headed.
Grab your copy and... Allons-y!
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Doctor Who has spawned so many books, you can spend more time reading about it than watching it. But many of those books are pretty poor: they may be badly written, they may be... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. T. Dixon
I didn't always agree with their interpretation of certain things, but generally they present a well-reasoned analysis of each episode of the new series and it really helped. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I had never seen an episode of Doctor Who and jumped in season 5. This was a great companion book to help me understand what was going on and got me interested enough that now... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by E. Walker
A good source of answers when there our too many questions.
I found it very informative and a delightful read.
This book helped me to endure the wait between "About Time" volumes. It's two smart Doctor Who fans strolling through the new series, pointing out interesting details and... Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Danny H.
Bought this after buying a more "official" book and finding it thin and too juvenile. This one has good detail on each episode and is much superior.Published on March 17, 2013 by Steve Berry
I got this for my son's Christmas present. He loves it. It makes him cool at school and he thinks I am a cool mom. That is the best part.Published on March 6, 2013 by HoneyDew70
The was a surprise gift for a teen 'Doctor Who' fan. I really did not know what to get her for Christmas and this was perfect.Published on December 31, 2012 by MSp