- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: ECW Press (April 1 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1550229842
- ISBN-13: 978-1550229844
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.5 x 24.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 839 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,015,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"concentrated commentary on the worlds of the BBC's Doctor Who." ―Two-Minute Time Lord
"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
"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
"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
"ECW Press has made some fantastic TV show companion books, and this is a great addition to their line-up." ―Craig Byrne, KSiteTv.com
"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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This book is MY companion through time and space...
June 8, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
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.
I Loved It!
June 4, 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I found out about this book through a Doctor Who podcast and wanted to check it out. At first I wasn't going to buy it because I thought all the information is online, why should I get this book? I'm so glad I got it because I would have been missing out on a lot. I think the best part of this reading experience (besides the authors' obvious expertise and fun tone) is the section where they each give their opinions. This is a case of two heads better than one because even when both agree they say different things about the episodes. And of course they're not afraid to disagree. It's such a fun read and going though the book is like reliving each series because of how thorough they are. If you're a nuWho fan who has all the series then get this to help pass the time while you wait for series 7!
Great surprise gift
December 31, 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
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.
Helped me understand the episodes better
September 25, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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. Cause you gotta admit, sometimes these episodes could get a little confusing. Another good thing is that they could take a basic episode and bring out some of the subtle aspects that I hadn't considered. All in all, a good book.
Great companion for each episode!
July 1, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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 (after finishing season 7) we are starting back at the beginning. I love the tidbits of info and the perspectives of conflicting personal opinions from both authors!