Book Review: The Who’s Who of Doctor Who

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I‘m always in search of a good coffee table book. History, politics, nature, pop culture, food, beer – you name it, I’ve got a coffee table book for it. The perfect coffee table book is one that can be picked up at any time by any guest to any page and that guest will be entertained… at least for those few minutes while they’re bored when you’ve excused yourself to take a leak.

My copy of The Who’s Who of Doctor Who fulfills those requirements – and with the added benefit of letting me introduce the long-running show to friends who may only be vaguely familiar (“yeah, I see people tweet about it all the time”). The book, put together by Cameron K. McEwan (editor of the website Blogtor Who), has the added benefit of doing a great job of visualizing the entire Dr. Who mythology, from the first doctor all the way to Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor.

In the day and age of Wikipedia summaries, one might find a book of summaries redundant, but I assure you, for a Dr. Who fan, this is of the highest quality. In fact, I began my Dr. Who watching with Nine (Christopher Eccleston), so my understanding of the classic show from one through eight was hazy, at best. This books 240 pages helped clarify a lot of the history of the character, his allies, and his enemies over the course of the shows 30 years in a clear, entertaining, and beautifully visual manner. Best of all, I get to show it off to friends.

You can purchase the book over at Amazon for $20.86.

Now, for the Dr. Who discussion: Who is your favorite Doctor? Who is your favorite villain from the show? Are you ready for the newest Doctor played by Capaldi? Is the world ready for a female Doctor in his next incarnation? Chime in!





5 comments

  1. I’ve been eyeing the book “Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures From The First 50 Years”. My birthday is coming up, so I’m waiting to see if I get it as a gift from someone or otherwise I’m buying it myself. That said, it’s more of a behind-the-scenes book rather than explaining the story lines. That said, I think it’s in part watching BBC’s Adventure In Space And Time, the show about making Doctor Who that has me wondering more about what went on behind the camera.

  2. DavidMerryweather

    Matthew Fabb Yeah, that Vault book does look really good.

  3. I’m the opposite of you.  I’m a big early Doctor fan – I know nothing of doctors 8-11.  But I’ve been thumbing through this book and it kind of makes me want to start watching again.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every episode (or damn near) of doctors 2-6. And reminiscing with those guys (and their companions and enemies) in this book  was a lot of fun.

  4. DavidMerryweather

    I recently watched Enemy of the World – the lost Troughton story recently discovered in Nigeria – and, regardless of it being an old black and white Doctor Who story from 1967, it was a superbly told piece of science fiction. Clever, complex plot, jeopardy, tension, the lot. So good. If I was to try and convert a noob to ‘classic’ Who, I might start here.

  5. ajames1 The FOX Doctor Who movie with the 8th Doctor really wasn’t very good, but the rest of new Doctor Who has been quite great. Occasionally some hit and miss from episode to episode, but overall quite good.

    I haven’t watched most of the old Doctor Who show since probably the early 1990′s shortly after it went off the air and I was quite young. I’ve been meaning to revisit it when I have time but I’m still always concerned that old episodes won’t live up to what they were in my mind as a kid.

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