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Who Is The Doctor: The Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who—The New Series [Paperback]

Graeme Burk , Robert Smith?

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April 1 2012
Penned by the authors of the famed sci-fi series’ fanzine collections, this entertaining combination of episode guides and essays is a must-have for all Doctor Who aficionados. The handbook explores all facets of the six most recent seasons, providing an essential companion for the show’s avid fans and casual viewers alike. The history of everything related to Doctor Who is touched upon, from Daleks and Cybermen to the eight Classic Series Doctors. Delving into a top-rated series that has made stars out of its actors, gained fame internationally, and encompasses the genres of horror, science fiction, comedy, action, and historical adventure, this all-inclusive guide also features behind-the-scenes tidbits and in-depth analyses of the series' latest installments.

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (April 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550229842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550229844
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Who is the Doctor is well-argued and considered and persuasive enough to keep you reading just that little bit more." —Vanessa Bishop, Doctor Who Magazine

"An incisive, unpretentious, eminently readable commentary on the first seven years of new Who. The authors' easy but lively discourse makes for a thought-provoking dialectic — a joyful celebration of fan love. Unofficial episode guides don't come much more engaging than this." —Benjamin Cook, writer for Doctor Who Magazine, and co-author Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale

"concentrated commentary on the worlds of the BBC's Doctor Who." —Two-Minute Time Lord

"ECW Press has made some fantastic TV show companion books, and this is a great addition to their line-up." —Craig Byrne, KSiteTv.com

"This is one of the finer episode guides I have run across for any show, and highly recommend it for any fan of the ninth, tenth, or eleventh Doctor." —Book Guys & Book Girls

"From the most ardent devotees to new-on-the-scene followers, every fan has something to gain from this indispensable handbook ... a thought-provoking and educational supplement to the first six series of the re-launched Doctor Who." —Lacie Patterson, Boomerocity.com

"Who is the Doctor is a strong addition to the many volumes written about the new show, and one that, I suspect, will be referred to long after the more cerebral analyses have faded into oblivion." —Paul Simpson, Sci-Fi Bulletin

"Who is the Doctor offers additional depth to the series, partly by picking out the important (and the trivial) things that are done in each episode." —Steven Silver, Steven Silver's Reviews

About the Author

Graeme Burk is a writer and Doctor Who fan whose work has been featured in the show’s anthologies published by the BBC. He is the former editor of Enlightenment, the fanzine of the Doctor Who Information Network. Robert Smith? is a professor of disease modeling at the University of Ottawa. He is the editor of the Doctor Who Ratings Guide—one of the premier Doctor Who fan websites—and the author of a number of Doctor Who short stories. They are the coeditors of Time, Unincorporated—a collection of the show’s fan writing. They both live in Ottawa, Ontario.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Doctor Who fans. April 2 2012
By Sean Brady - Published on Amazon.com
This is a terrific book that fans of Doctor Who will really enjoy. Its focus is the new series which began in 2005. I have a lot of books that review Doctor Who episodes (the About Time series, Running Through Corridors, Doctor Who - The Television Companion, etc) and this is one of the very best I've read. The format is very similar to Mad Norwegian's About Time series...two writers offer up details and their opinions on each episode. There are also pieces giving background on aspects of the show that originally appeared in the previous incarnation of the series which is handy for those fans who only began watching in 2005 or more recently. For example, the book starts with a brief (but thorough enough) history of the original series and the previous Doctors.

It's a fun read and a real page turner. Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any fan of the reboot Aug. 16 2012
By thewritersjourney - Published on Amazon.com
"We are here today because Doctor Who is the greatest show on television. We really mean this, by the way. That's not hyperbole." Thus begins the unofficial episode guide written by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? (the question mark is a part of his name). Covering every episode of Doctor Who beginning in 2005, including the mini-episodes and animated specials, Who Is The Doctor is a must-have for any fan of the BBC's rebooted science fiction series.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is MY companion through time and space... June 8 2013
By Spunk Monkey - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm an old-school Who fan [Whovian, I guess, although I prefer Whomo], and I've been watching Doctor Who ever since the "Classic" series played on our local PBS station [Channel 11] every Sunday night at 11pm back in the 80's. I used to buy every Doctor Who guide or review book I could find, such as The Discontinuity Guide or Who's Next. This book is by far the best. I'm actually astonished at how good it is. Doctor Who is sometimes refereed to as a "children's show," but nothing about this text is childish: It is extremely smart, thoughtful, mature, detailed, and nuanced. It not sophomoric or slight in the least. Then again, it isn't a tome of academic articles either. It is a critically engaged but passionate examination of the stories in the "New" series. The "reviews" are excellent, because, first of all, there are always two of them, written by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith. What we get are two perspectives -- which always seem well considered -- unique to the hearts and thoughts of the two men. Both notice different things, enjoy different things, become irked by different things, etc. Sometimes they both enjoy an episode, sometimes they both problems with an episode, but they always make compelling arguments for their thoughts/ideas/opinions. Even if I disagree with something, I usually feel that they've made good points. But then again, they don't often seem wildly off the mark. But to simply call this a review book would be to underestimate all what it has to offer. It includes some production details, it briefly summarizes the stories, it includes "Roots and References," it tracks developing threads and motifs, it lists details about the Doctor's back-story/travels/history which are revealed in a particular episode, and it includes favorite moments ["Stand Up and Cheer"], least favorite moments ["Roll Your Eyes"], and discontinuity or logic errors ["You're Not Making Any Sense"]. The sheer volume of details explored in the book really facilitates my appreciation for the show. And then there are sections called "The Psychic Papers" which periodically appear in which various topics are discussed: such as the Doctor's changing relationship to the subject of "changing" history, retcons, the Timelords, the "wilderness" period between the Classic series and New series and the novels and audios which were produced during that period, etc. Basically, the way I used the book was I watched an episode and then read the text related to that episode. The guide goes up through season 6, and maybe, hopefully, it will be updated from time to time. That said, even as it is I consider it essential and I recommend it to ALL fans. It was the perfect companion through series. This book was my Sarah Jane Smith.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent discussion and reviews Sept. 30 2012
By Kathleen Cobcroft - Published on Amazon.com
Chock full of in depth episode discussions written by genuine fans, with enough points of interest to engage the hardcore Whovian. Each episode is reviewed by both authors, who frequently disagree.

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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn you, Burk and Smith Dec 29 2013
By MEW - Published on Amazon.com
"Damn you, Burk and Smith. I have just lost 4 hours to your blasted book. And I only meant to glance at it. It is nightmarishly more-ish." – Neil Gaiman

What Neil Gaiman said - except I have lost a heck of a lot more than four hours - cannot seem to put it down!

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