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Doctor Who the Episode Guide (The Pocket Essentials: Film)

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Fully updated in November 2011 to include Season 32. Now officially the most popular drama on television, Doctor Who has seen many ups and downs in its long and colourful history. From humble beginnings on 23 November 1963 to its cancellation in 1989 and eventual resurrection in 2005, the show has always been a quintessential element of British popular culture. The spine-c ...more
ebook, 312 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Pocket Essentials (first published 2000)
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In an age of instant internet access, an episode guide to a TV series would have to be something pretty special - a lavish coffee table book perhaps, or a really witty personal guide.

This is not that book.

At first glance it looks nice enough. An attractive hardback book with a nice cover. It's only when you delve inside that you start getting that sinking feeling. For a start, the paper used for the internal pages is really poor quality and there are no photographs whatsoever, which is pretty b
Sep 01, 2011 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i'm dissappointed, but probably my own fault for not reading a better description.
the index isn't much help, the episodes are reviewed, not described, thought it would have episode guides to Torchwood, Sarah Jane adventures etc - it doesn't. published by "pocket essentials" it is pocket size only if you wear Tom Baker's coat. thought there would be check lists for the episodes and main characters that i could refer to and check off. ithink the earlier editions are probably better, so find a copy
Jacqueline O.
When I found this book, I was so excited. Finally, an updated Doctor Who episode guide and in hardcover! But the book is awful! It fails to point out on the back or in the book's description that this is an opinionated guide to Doctor Who and the opinion of the author is he doesn't like it very much!

Not only does Campbell not like Doctor Who, he really doesn't get it. I'm not going to insist the show is perfect... far from it, it's had it's issues, and there are stories and episodes that are jus
Stuart Hill
Essentially an updated version of the old Doctor Who programme guides by Jean-Marc Lofficier this is a pretty slight effort. It mostly consists of a bare bones listing of cast and crew for each story, a summary of what the serial was about, a few production details and the author's opinions on whether it was any good or not alongside marks out of 10.

It's hard to tell who the intended audience for this book is; the information provided is unlikely to be unfamiliar to those who have been following
Andy Hickman
Mark Campbell, Doctor Who: The Complete Guide (London: Robinson, 2010)

This book provides a thorough catalogue of every Dr Who episode, film and spin-off series. Handy book however I was somewhat surprised by the pessimist criticism that opens the book.

"Torchwood", "The Sarah Jane Adventures", "K-9", etc, I had no idea these spin-off TV shows existed. There's a whole Whovian universe out there.

A comment I liked in the 'Afterword':
“'Doctor Who' isn't about special effects. 'An Unearthly Child' (1)
Diane Heath
Mar 05, 2014 Diane Heath rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Rather than a look at the actors, this is a list of episodes with a one or two sentence synopsis. It manages to reduce any interest in Dr Who to negligible levels.
Ole Imsen
This is a brilliant little guide to Doctor Who. I say little, but it does cover every television appearance up to the end of season five. And it also has a list of every CD and book appearance up to 2009. Add to that the list of missing episodes and a reference list that includes both books and the Internet, and you get a pretty comprehensive guide to most things about Doctor Who.

For every TV episode Campbell gives a list of the cast and crew, a(very) brief description of the episode, some obs
Ben Duff
Dec 31, 2013 Ben Duff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Far, far, FAR too opinionated. When it comes to the classic episodes he rates the Gunfighters 10/10 and rates the Ice Warriors 6/10. Mr Campbell obviously has little knowledge or like for the larger Doctor Who universe and seems to rate the episodes more or less on how annoying the companions were and how believable they seemed. Also, he writes page after page on New Who episodes yet sometimes only writes a sentence on Classics. For a complete guide this is seriously lacking.
May 18, 2015 Betty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I expected more info on each episode and less criticism.
Lynn Alan Heath
Mar 04, 2014 Lynn Alan Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dr-who
an excellent guide for all fans of the Doctor.
Cameron Reid
Sep 15, 2014 Cameron Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this and bought it...such a Doctor Who geek!! XD
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 27, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
Another Doctor Who book where opinions find no middle ground. Many people seem to be put off by it, but I find Mark Campbell's book a solid, readable, quick-guide that works on the lines of a more straightfoward/non-humorous version of "The Discontinuity Guide". Other reviewers complain about Campbell's critique...but they're no worse and no less varied than anyone else's analysis. I don't agree with every one of his opinions on each story...but as the Doctor himself would say, that's democracy ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Warreni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Campbell's book is surprisingly shallow. The synopses of the televised productions are thin, usually encompassing 1-2 sentences at most and his individual reviews are equally as short. The reviews of the extensive library of novels consist simply of a rating fom 1-10. Speaking of the this numerical rating scale, I can't remember seeing any 1/10s but the book is loaded with 10/10s. It's as though no one ever told him that when you overuse something it tends to lose its meaning.

Handy reference book to have. Would have preferred fewer criticisms and opinions.
Nov 17, 2012 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good general introductory guide to Doctor Who with capsule reviews for all the tv stories and brief rankings for the various audio dramas, novels and spin-offs.

A quick read but a good one.

Some of Campbell's reviews are likely to inspire discussion (he scores 7/10 for both The Underwater Menace and The Power of the Daleks and is generally very dismissive of the Troighton era generally.)

His overt enthusiasm for the new version of the series is also a little disheartening.
Jun 20, 2014 Nicol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, dr-who
This guide goes over every episode - detailing the actors, products, writers, etc. It gives a one to two sentence summary of the episode then hands down a judgement on the quality of acting, plot and writing. It is a nice reference guide if you want to quickly remember which actor played who in what episode or season - other than that this is not the in depth guide to give you details about each episode or season.
Hayley Wilson
Aug 27, 2015 Hayley Wilson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
It's just an episode list! Not what I was after.
Oguz Lacin
Kitabı fazlasıyla isteyerek aldım . Ancak çevirisi rezaleten başka bir şey değildi .Dizinin rehber kitabı gibi birşeyi olmuş.İçinde dizinin 5 sezona kadar olan kısmını anlatıyor . İçinde bilgilendirici şeyler de olsa kitap olmasada olur bir tarzda .
May 28, 2015 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who-fact
A very useful book to add to the collection. along side the usual episode guide it also as a list of all the comic strips published from 1964 onwards, with publication dates amongst other helpful reference material.
Dec 04, 2014 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An episode guide. I really enjoyed the Verdicts for each episode even if I disagreed with it. This would be nice to have on hand while my daughter and I watch reruns. I hate to return it to the library.
Me sobran las opiniones del autor del libro y me falta más información sobra la trama de cada capítulo, pero es interesante por la cantidad de curiosidades que hay.
Krista Ivy
the authors acerbic tone ruins an otherwise good book full of interesting information.
Nov 28, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting episode guide that includes lots of reviews and extras.
Feb 06, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A very useful episode guide with solid criticism.
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