About Time 5: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 18 to 21)
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About Time 5: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (About Time #5)

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Constituting the largest reference work on "Doctor Who" ever written, the six-volume "About Time" strives to become the ultimate reference guide to the world's longest-running science fiction program. Written by Lawrence Miles ("Faction Paradox") and long-time sci-fi commentator Tat Wood, "About Time" focuses on the continuity of "Doctor Who" (its characters, alien races a...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Mad Norwegian Press (first published June 30th 2005)
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Another solid read in this series. After the slightly-less-engaging fourth volume, Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood clearly get some renewed energy out of the 1980s - an era that encourages much debate and passion on both sides of fandom. (As a result, most critiques are separated into "prosecution" and "defence", which makes for good - if indecisive - reading.)

The cataloguing of details, the list of "things that don't make sense", and the attempts to integrate all the facts into one continuity are a...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/964336.html[return][return]This is the fifth and latest so far published in this superb series of reference guides to Doctor Who. It's the only one that doesn't begin or end with a change of Doctors - it encapsulates the whole Peter Davison era, plus Tom Baker's last season and Colin Baker's first story; it also, of course, covers roughly the first half of John Nathan-Turner's time as producer. It's an era where my memory is variable - I saw every episode of seasons 18...more
After watching 17 Seasons of WHO, I noticed I didn't really care any more. Was I just bored? Maybe. But as the authors point out with their analyses and behind-the-scenes info, by the end of the Tom Baker era neither the star nor any of the creative forces were really giving it their all.

Fortunately, the advent of the JNT era brought with it some refreshing changes; watching the series, you can notice the immediate upturn in quality, but the fantastically informative and insightful commentary in...more
Another fine entry in the series. I really enjoyed reading about each episode after I finished watching it (still mostly for the first time). Although I do wish I had a dollar for every time Star Wars was mentioned because then I would have enough money to purchase volume 7.
Apr 10, 2008 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Continues the usual high standards of this series. There's some particularly thought-provoking critique in this volume, since it covers a lot of stories that have divided fan opinion, as well as stories that are pretty universally considered to be rubbish.
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