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Who's 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die - An Unofficial Companion Paperback – Oct 1 2013

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: ECW Press (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770411666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770411661
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Despite appearances, “Who’s 50” is an invaluable resource, and not simply a cash-grab riding on the coattails of one of television’s most popular (and longest running) shows.

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!
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With this book, Burk and Smith? fill an important niche in world of published Doctor Who material by offering detailed and well-argued descriptions of 50 episodes that they consider to be important, if not always essential, viewing from the show's fifty year history (circa 2013). Generally speaking, this is a great guide to DW episodes for longtime fans, like myself, as well as for newer fans (of the new series in particular). It is important to note that the book is not necessarily about the 50 'best' or most essential episodes. Indeed, this book articulates why such lists are always contentious among Doctor Who fans as they are ultimately subject to individual tastes, tolerances, and one's personal history in viewing the show. For me, this was the biggest strength of the book in that it didn't pretend to be something that it's not, namely a 'definitive guide.' Indeed, each episode is presented in the form of an accessible and articulate conversation between the co-authors as to why (and some cases why not) it was included as an example of a Doctor Who story 'to see before you die.' These sorts of opinions - and the various reasonings for their often quite marked differences - is central to the experience of being a Doctor Who fan. These are endless debates constantly open to reevaluation and reinterpretation and Burk and Smith? clearly understand this and strive to incorporate it into the book.

Did I agree with all of their episode choices? No, but in almost every instance they presented a compelling arguments that challenged my initial reaction to the inclusions. The only instances where I truly question their choices is in relation to certain Seventh Doctor episode choices.
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I love this - it is a great guide to episodes that sound amazing (seen some of them, not others). I like that it gives a synopsis and a bit of a background, and some fun facts! Really neat if you are a fan of the show!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f964b28) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
HASH(0x9f76e5a0) out of 5 stars What I particularly like about lists like this is the fact that I ... July 20 2015
By michael w - Published on Amazon.com
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What I particularly like about lists like this is the fact that I don't agree with the chosen 50! Where,for example, is 'School Reunion'? Come to that, where is 'Bad Wolf'? The debate could rage forever, particularly with continued great writing and great casting in the TV series.
HASH(0x9f76e84c) out of 5 stars A Doctor Who must. May 26 2015
By Steve Ivanovics - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The best book for the Who's fiftieth. It taught me in detail all about the main stories of the main episodes, even those which I haven't gotten to see, and I still want to see them. Plus, plenty of background info. Can't wait for the 100th.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f76ebdc) out of 5 stars Great Research...not suited for all ages though Dec 11 2013
By A. Ostrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**Review written for an originally posted on my blog, Book Bliss. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 5 stars

General: I am such a huge Doctor Who fan I could not wait to read a book like this!

The only thing I found negative against this book was the voice of the narrators, I am unsure who was really writing which things. I completely agree with personal opinions in novels. However, given this is a family show I was alarmed to find the content and language I did in some of the remarks. I would have liked that to be cleaned up so a child can read it if they wished. (By child I mean 11-12 age range as there are big words and concepts).

With that out of the way I would like to shower praise for all of the fantastic (yes 9 is my favorite) research that was done. Not only was there background on the show and the actors but each episode was given historical and show framework. I wanted to read this to learn the things I did not know only have just found Doctor Who seven months ago. This book was a perfect backdrop for everything! I enjoyed grimacing or cheering when I agreed with a favorite episode. I think that was the best part, seeing if my favorites made it in. I have to say I 100% disagreed with almost every episode picked from the new series but it was great learning about why the ones picked were picked!
HASH(0x9f76ed08) out of 5 stars Essential companion volume for a massive series March 9 2015
By Señor Spook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Despite appearances, “Who’s 50” is an invaluable resource, and not simply a cash-grab riding on the coattails of one of television’s most popular (and longest running) shows.

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!
HASH(0x9f76ef3c) out of 5 stars An important volume for fans of both the classic and the new series Jan. 14 2014
By thewritersjourney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Doctor Who is an institution, a television program that transcends television. Its immense popularity increases with each regeneration, but at fifty years old it is a daunting task to immerse one’s self into the entirety of the universe. Authors Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? seek to help the newcomers to Doctor Who lore in Who’s 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories To Watch Before You Die. With so many of these stories available on DVD (check your local library) or Netflix, it’s quite simple to catch up on the most important events of the Doctor’s television run.

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.

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