Doctor Who FAQ
Doctor Who FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About the Most Famous Time Lord in the Universe
by Dave Thompson
foreword by Lance Parkin, Doctor Who novelist
“The best of the superb FAQ series…Oh, it’s all as geeky as masking tape on horn rim glasses, I admit it. However, even if you are like me, with maybe a total of a dozen or so Doctor Who episodes noted in your viewing diary, you will have a grand time with this book.” –San Francisco Book Review
MONTCLAIR, NJ—Doctor Who is indisputably the most successful and beloved series on UK TV and the most-watched series in the history of BBC America. The show debuted in 1963, and there have been (if you count the spin-offs) nearly 1,000 episodes since. No matter how much Who you’ve seen, however far in you’ve gotten, there are always new things to learn and to discuss.
In Doctor Who FAQ (March 2013, $22.99, Applause Books), Dave Thompson not only states the facts (the book comes with four appendices, including an episode guide), but gives his opinions, answers, and context to the scenes, creating a dialogue that’s just as important as what’s on screen.
This newest addition to Hal Leonard’s FAQ book series includes Doctor Who’s origin story, the program’s influences, all you could want to know about the TARDIS and regeneration, essays on each of the 11 Doctors and 35 companions, a Z-A list of the Doctor’s best baddies, history lessons, and the search for the lost 136 episodes. Those who are not satisfied by television alone will relish in the chapters on toys, novels, audio episodes, movies, spin-offs, and songs about Doctor Who (a “genre” coined as Time Lord Rock or “trock”). Last but not least, Thompson’s list of worst Doctor Who episodes ever will surely keep Whovians arguing amongst themselves until the end of time (and space).
Highly illustrated, Doctor Who FAQ is not an encyclopedia, or an episode guide, or a biography. It is an adventure, a roller coaster through a funhouse of discovery and an introduction to all of the things that make Doctor Who great. As foreword writer Lance Parkin puts it, “Doctor Who is, quite simply, one of the greatest things known to man. I don’t mean on TV. It’s up there with sunshine and chocolate cake.”
Dave Thompson (Newark, DE), ex-pat British writer, has penned over one hundred books. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell and Hearts of Darkness. He has also written books on Cream, Kurt Cobain, Genesis, Jeff Beck, Joan Jett, and Deep Purple.
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