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Who's Who of Doctor Who: A Whovian's Guide to Friends, Foes, Villains, Monsters, and Companions to the Good Doctor Paperback – January 1, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Race Point Publishing; First Edition edition (January 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937994708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937994709
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After the pensive and austere persona of his predecessor, the brighter and breezier Tenth incarnation had a joie de vivre unlike any former Doctors. His time in the TARDIS was marked by his love for words, specifically non-English phrases like “allons-y!” and “molto bene,” as well as an unusual romantic predilection for Earth women (Madame de Pompadour, Joan Redfern (see FRIENDS) and, of course, his companion Rose Tyler). The Tenth Doctor lived life to the full, although this never dissuaded him from dishing out justice where required. The new Doctor was initially perky, promising to take Rose to Barcelona but the regenerative process took its toll on the Time Lord. Once the TARDIS landed, somewhat bumpily, in London, he immediately collapsed and he was taken by Rose, Jackie and Mickey back to Jackie’s flat. He slept for the most part as his body became accustomed to his new form, attracting Roboforms (see ROBOTS) in the process, but after some hot piping tea leaked in the TARDIS (thanks to Jackie) his senses awoke, bringing him back to full strength.

Facing the Sycorax (see ALIENS) leader, he cracked jokes about his hair color, the Disney film The Lion King, and compared himself with Hitchhiker Arthur Dent. It wasn’t too long before he was battling the Sycorax leader in single combat, although he lost his hand during the fight (the hand fell to Earth but was to be reunited with its body some time later). Surprisingly, it grew back pretty swiftly, since the Doctor was still within the first fifteen hours of this regeneration, and he was able to defend the Earth successfully. Disgusted by Prime Minister Harriet Jones’ destruction of the Sycorax after they had already surrendered and left, the Doctor arranged her removal her from office (muttering just six words to her aide: “Don’t you think she looks tired?”). This rewriting of history led to the installation of Harold Saxon (the Master in disguise) as Prime Minister. Marking a different attitude to the “no families” rule set out by his previous incarnation, the Doctor enjoyed Christmas dinner happily with Rose, Mickey, and Jackie (after choosing a new, geekchic- ier appearance).

Soon he took Rose to visit New Earth, where he found Cassandra (see VILLAINS) up to her old tricks, and indeed, in his body for a while, during which time “he” shared a kiss with Rose. In an act of compassion, the Doctor gave the human trampoline a chance to see her younger body one more time before she died.


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"It is an essential coffee table book for any Whoianâ?¿" - Filmmonthly.com



"Now, it's no secret that we're good buddies with Blogtor Who owner, Cameron K. McEwan, and when we heard he was coming out with a Doctor Who book that would act as "a whovian guide to friends, foes, villains, monsters and companions", we were very excited indeed - especially considering his vast knowledge and love for the show.

Once you finally get over adoring the beautifully embossed ‘Doctor Who' lettering on the cover, which also features The 10th, 11th and 12th Doctors (yes that is the correct numbering), you are presented with the simple, yet effective contents page that typifies this straight-up, no-nonsense guide which does exactly what it says on the proverbial tin.

The various sections within the book (The Doctors, The Companions, Friends & Allies, Robots, Time Lords & Ladies, Villains and Aliens & Monsters) are laid out beautifully and clearly in alphabetical order to easily find who you want.

As you thumb through pages and pages of character breakdowns, coupled with pictures and illustrations gloriously brought to life by Andrew Skilleter, you realise just how concise the book is. With over 50 years to draw from you will find information about characters you have long since forgotten (Rita from The God Complex), or even facts about the ones you thought you knew everything about.

The Who's Who Of Doctor Who is essential reading for anyone wanting to know anything from 'Ace' to 'The Zygons', and with over 300 entries to explore, you'll be reaching for it time and time again." - Doctor Who Online


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Amazing book, highly recommended.
Sarah Fu
The characters and storylines are connected in an intuitive manner that works really well and the amazing illustrations are well thought out and really well drawn.
alexifa
The writers of this book need to go back and rerelease this book with all the errors and omissions corrected.
Bruce Bender

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bender on January 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
I read this book and it was so badly done, I had to give it such a poor review.
In almost every category, there was a lot of missing information. In the Friends section for example, there was no mention of John Benton, Mike Yates (both regular members of UNIT) or Winston Churchill. Further, Sara KIngdom, when mentioned in the Companions category, was supposed to be in the Friends category, wasn't. But the worst insult was the entry for Joshua and Abagail Naismith. There wasn't one. Instead, there was the entry for Dums, Vocs and Super Vocs all over again. Was there even a proofreader here? The writers of this book need to go back and rerelease this book with all the errors and omissions corrected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alexifa on February 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
The artwork is fabulous, really top quality and for that alone, this book is worth the cost. It's also packed full of details and the fact that this covers fifty years of the Doctor is amazing. The characters and storylines are connected in an intuitive manner that works really well and the amazing illustrations are well thought out and really well drawn. Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Fu on January 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
As a novice Whovian I'm blown away by the depth and attention to detail the author brings to all the inner-connections of each season of Doctor Who. The art is incredible, and I've enjoyed learning about Andrew Skilliter and Cameron McEwan - Blogtor Who - and their roles in the epic evolution of Doctor Who fan work. Amazing book, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Hawksworth on February 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
First off, I should make it clear that I'm pleased with this purchase. The detail is brilliant and I can see the author has spent a great deal of time and effort on the research and presentation here. The minor bug I have is that there is a couple of things missing from some sections. This doesn't negate the value of the book - it's still an encyclopedic volume of some distinction, but a little more research would have been great. Still highly recommended for fellow Whovians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Jacques on February 5, 2014
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I'm not going to lie, there are many times when I've been incredibly confused while watching Doctor Who but now that I have this book, it's really helping to clear things up for me quite a bit. Really goes into depth behind each character and digs a lot deeper into who they are, what they're all about, and the big roles they're playing in this show. By flipping through just a few profiles of the different characters, it made it a lot easier for me to understand how they tied together. Not only that, but the artwork in this book is absolutely incredible. Really amazing visuals for all the characters involved. If you're a Doctor Who fan, pick up this book :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clara Moore on February 5, 2014
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So, I had surgery a few weeks ago and my partner was like, "finally, it's Doctor Who marathon time" because I had to be on the couch recovering for ten days. We got this book and were able to look up all the references and it made us so psyched for each episode. It was like the bible of Doctor Who. The photos are so good.
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