- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: HARPER COLLINS USA (6 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006266686X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062666864
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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DOCTOR WHO A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME LORDS Hardcover – 6 Jun 2017
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Steve Tribe is the author of the Doctor Who books The Time Traveller's Almanac, Companions and Allies and The TARDIS Handbook, and of the audiobook Doctor Who: The Essential Companion. He has edited more than a hundred Doctor Who, Torchwood, Being Human and Sherlock books, and co-wrote The Dalek Handbook and Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects with James Goss.
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It's that sort of book really, chock-full of in-jokes and insider references that definitely marks it out Rani-style as one for the fans-it's hard to imagine a casual viewer or reader of Doctor Who really being that interested in such an arcane type of book, but no doubt the worldwide audience for the show is large enough these days to justify such a mainstream publication. That said, the book is well-laid out and easy to read and follow, using the clever framing device of having the narrator be the young boy the Doctor meets at the beginning of Heaven Sent, and who makes his own admiration and hero-worship of the Doctor clear a few times during the narrative ("yes, he was a boyhood hero of mine") and it's little creative touches such as these that lift this little book above the standard, dry spin-off publications purporting to cover every corner of the Whoinverse and gouge every last opek from the pockets of committed Whovians.
That said, the book is surprisingly shoddy in some of its visual representations- while the design is of a generally high quality throughout (I particularly loved the blurred, hazy overlay applied on the still photos from televised stories), some of the illustrations are of a very amateurish nature and makes me wonder how they ever passed the editorial desk-they are really glaring and jarring and detract from the otherwise impressive visual tone, the equivalent of 80s Gallifrey versus its 70s splendour; it's a big let-down for a professional publication.
Enough to prevent me from recommending this book? In truth, I learnt very little from this book that I didn't already know. I enjoyed the angle it took to present the fictional history of the Doctor's people, the cortortions it took to integrate nearly 50 years of disparate Gallifreyan facts and storylines into a coherent narrative, and most of the design work used throughout. I read it in a couple of hours, went over a few sections again over the following week, but still not sure if I'll be adding this one to the TARDIS library just yet-after all, Who writes the history after all? This story has a long way to run yet, perhaps next volume will be worth hanging onto instead...
(PS an index and episode guide would have been a great inclusion too-there are plenty of fans who would probably collate this for free-like me!)
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Always recognizing the inconsistences and double takes.
Totally summarizing over 50 years of Dr Who.