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Doctor Who: The Dalek Handbook (Doctor Who (BBC)) Hardcover – July 19, 2011
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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.
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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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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. Even if you could sometimes see quite easily that they were well past their date of minimum durability for a TV prop!But they always remained true to form. The only saving grace on t.v. is the voice, but alas, that connot be put into a book like this. The first Daleks in the new series (serie 1-4) were great, highly recognizable and, as one of the designers states in the book: as daleky as you can get with no real changes in the design (even if they changed quite a lot of so-called little things).
Contrary to this negative evaluation of the new, toyish and even somewhat cute (instead of frightening and Daleky), Daleks, the ironsides were actually quite good. And hurray, the authors included a picture of an ironside actually serving tea with the tray on the sucker arm. Great picture.
Thankfully, the new Daleks only take up a relatively small part of the book, which otherwise is packed with all the other versions we love so much! I would advise any fan to buy this. Excellent and great fun.
This book seems to have just about everything you could ever want to know about the history and rise of the Daleks crammed into it's pages. It largely runs from the shows beginning through to Nu-Who. There are boxes with interesting information about what happened behind the scenes, as well as other aspects of dalek-specific pop culture outside of the tv series.
The layout itself isn't done poorly, but looks as though it was designed to be on a much larger page. That means that the font size seems skirt between 8 and 9 point font. There also aren't many paragraph breaks and the result is mildly intimidating and aggravating. I should also note that the pages themselves are not glossy, as most books like this with image-heavy layouts are. I'm not sure how well the ink and images will hold up over the years, but we will see.
I had purchased this for my six year old son to look at and practice sounding out some of the words in the side boxes. Considering how tiny and crammed everything is, I don't foresee him picking this up to do more than browse through the pictures quickly.
Overall, I'm still glad I made the purchase, even though it won't get used as I'd originally hoped. Instead, I'll be able to read and share the info with the little one until he's old enough to read and appreciate on his own.
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!!
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)
The Time Lords and their Renegades Handbook (cover the Master, the Rani, Romana, Rassilon, Omega etc)