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

3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 November 1st 2011 by Pocket Essentials (first published 2000)
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Otherwyrld
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
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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
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Jim
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
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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
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Diane Heath
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.
Ben Duff
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.
Betty
I expected more info on each episode and less criticism.
Lynn Alan Heath
an excellent guide for all fans of the Doctor.
Cameron Reid
Found this and bought it...such a Doctor Who geek!! XD
Daniel Kukwa
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
Karen-Leigh
Handy reference book to have. Would have preferred fewer criticisms and opinions.
Scott
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.
Yorda
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.
Jennifer
An interesting episode guide that includes lots of reviews and extras.
David
A very useful episode guide with solid criticism.
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