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"The most intelligent and lively book I have read about Doctor Who. It deserves to be a big hit not only with the fans but also to viewers new to the show." —Philip Hinchcliffe, Producer of Doctor Who 1974-1977
"Who's 50 is like being thrown the keys to the TARDIS with a temporal map to visit all those not-to-be-missed adventures in time and space." —Phil Ford, Doctor Who writer and executive producer of The Sarah Jane Adventures and Wizards Vs. Aliens
About the Author
Graeme Burk is a freelance writer who has written for magazines, small presses, and websites in Canada and Britain. He is a past finalist for a Writers Guild of Canada award for new screenwriters.
Robert Smith? is a biomathematics professor at the University of Ottawa. He achieved international media attention for a mathematical model of a zombie outbreak. Together, they are the co-authors of Who Is The Doctor (2012). Both live in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Publication date : October 1, 2013
- File size : 1626 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 423 pages
- Publisher : ECW Press (October 1, 2013)
- ASIN : B00EXC1E3S
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #855,889 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you’re new to ‘Who and don’t know where to begin, you’ll want this in order to get caught up. Likewise, if you’re already a dedicated modern ‘Who fan, you’ll want this for backstory. “Doctor Who“ is a massive series — 813 episodes (252 stories / 35 combined seasons) as of this writing. This book is a fantastic guide for anyone itching to dive into a decades-long, twisty-turny history that ofttimes presents itself as intimidating and impenetrable.
“Who’s 50” is a little light on coverage of the modern (post-2005) programme, but the selections from the classic era (1963 - 1989) are extensively covered. As a holdover from its ‘60s heritage, “Doctor Who” has always been fairly newby-friendly; you can jump into the show at practically any point and very quickly understand it. But if you stick with it you’ll eventually get a bit curious about the show’s history, and that’s where this book comes in handy. Moreover, the authors are — more often than not — spot-on with their choices; a supposition confirmed by a back cover endorsement from no less an authority than legendary 1970’s ‘Who producer, Philip Hinchcliffe, himself.
As a side note, the DVD sets "The Doctors Revisited: One to Four" and "The Doctors Revisited: Fifth to Eighth" are comprised entirely of selections included in this book. "The Doctors Revisited: Ninth to Eleventh" isn’t, but its episodes are no less important.
Happy time traveling!
Though the front cover only shows silhouettes of Tom Baker, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, all of the incarnations of the Doctor are represented in the book. Burk and Smith? examine each of these stories with a critical eye that a true fan should appreciate. They do not hide their love for the characters, yet are not afraid to point out shortcomings in the writing or acting in particular episodes. This is a book written for fans by fans, and the passion of the authors is evident.
An important volume for fans of both the classic and the new series, if you want an in-depth discussion of Doctor Who episodes throughout the decades, Who’s 50 is definitely your go-to guide.
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Off to start watching.....I've got a lot of catching up to do.