Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Who-ology: Doctor Who: The Official Miscellany

Who-ology: Doctor Who: The Official Miscellany
by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright [791.457 DocYs]

As Doctor Who fans -- known as Whovians -- prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of this venerable science fantasy series on November 23rd, 2013, the publishing world is being flooded with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction titles related to the world of this time traveling Timelord. One of the best of the non-fiction books is Who-ology: The Official Miscellany. The Doctor is a member of a long-lived species, the Gallifreyans, which have the ability to "regenerate" when they reach the end of a lifespan, whether by natural or unnatural causes. As a television series, this gives the writers/producers the ability to continue the series when the lead actor chooses the exit the role. Thus, as Whovians celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of their series, we are enjoying the final few adventures of the 11th actor to play The Doctor, and looking forward his regeneration into the 12th Doctor in late December. In the meantime, whether you're a hardcore Whovian who can quote every last bit of time traveling trivia, or you're relatively new to the fandom and want to know what everybody else is so all-fired-up about, this volume has a little of everything any Doctor Who fan might want to see. How many different places on planet Earth have the Doctor and his various companions visited? Check out the map on page 224. How many times has a duplicate of The Doctor appeared on the show? Check page 54. How many different companions, both human and otherwise, have traveled with the Doctor in his 50 years of adventures? You'll find that here. To be honest, this is the Doctor Who trivia fans' ultimate source of useful information. My only complaint about this book is that I wished there were photographic illustrations -- there's a lot of line art here, but no photos of any of the Doctors, companions, monsters, planets, etc. Still, a terrific treasure trove of information about this long-lasting television phenomenon! -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ official Doctor Who web site ] | [ official Cavan Scott web site ] [ Doctor Who Fan Club of Nebraska - Tardis Travelers (Facebook group -- must be logged in to view) ]

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