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Ahistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe

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"AHistory" serves as the definitive (if unofficial) timeline to the whole of "Doctor Who," and incorporates nearly 600 full-length stories into a cohesive chronology. In short, this book indexes virtually every "Doctor Who" event worth noting - starting at the beginning of time and running through to the universe's end. This guide is the vastly updated and revised successo ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 17th 2007 by Mad Norwegian Press (first published 1996)
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Terence
Mar 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fanatics
I love books like this since I have an insatiable curiousity about the "back story." This book really does trace the history of the universe as it follows our favorite Gallifreyan from the Big Bang to the final hours of the cosmos, and tries to encompass several variant timelines. That Parkin succeeds considering the 40+ years of material he had to wrestle with is a remarkable achievement (though it does beg the question - "Doesn't he have anything better to do with his time?" (As if I can talk ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a truly fantastic effort to locate every single Doctor Who story (shown/published/released up to January 2008) on the historical timeline, from before the Big Bang to the very End of Time. Although the cover claims it is the second edition, Parkin states that it is actually the fourth, and I hope it won't be the last; quite apart from the TV episodes of Who, Sarah Jane and Torchwood (and K9?) shown since then, perhaps he might also go back and think of including the various short story c ...more
Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ever wanted to know when the Cybermen were created? Or how about when the Daleks invaded Earth for the first time? Or perhaps how the universe began and how it will end? Well fans here's your chance with Ahistory (Second Edition). So is there a difference with the first edition? Oh yes and that difference is the reason enough to get this one.

This edition has been expanded to cover not just the books and Big Finish audios published after the first edition but the two series of the revived TV ser
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Noah Soudrette
Nov 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans, uber-nerds
Shelves: doctor-who
This is a mammoth update to Lance Parkin's earlier work, The History of the Universe. Parkin takes every event from Doctor Who history and arranges it chronologically, with a dating note for each and every entry. Stunning
Dan J
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished the 3rd edition, over 700 pages of new information..god i love my life at moments like these
Kristina
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whovians
Recommended to Kristina by: Amazon
Ahistory: An Unathorized History of the Doctor Who Universe is an amazing book. Its detail is exhausting. Anything you want to know about Doctor Who (and by extension Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures and all the books and graphic novels, etc. about Doctor Who) is in this giant book. It's arranged in a logical manner but is nonetheless confusing just because by its nature time travel is a ball of timey-wimey stuff and cannot be pinned down to conventional linear thought. I've enjoyed dippi ...more
Sam O'Neill
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Us Doctor Who fans are probably far more preoccupied with continuity than any other set of fans in the whole world, which I think is more than a bit ironic as Doctor Who itself clearly isn't. Most fans who try to do the impossible and put the Doctor's adventures into some sort of order tend to put things from the Doctor's point of view, which is hard enough, but Parkin and Pearson have really made it hard for themselves by trying to put the whole history of the Dr Who universe into one history - ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
If you thought there was NO WAY you could create a detailed, comprehensive, annotated time line of every Doctor Who story -- from the dawn of time to the end of the universe -- you were mistaken. THIS is an astonishing piece of SF fan scholarship, complete with a thousand footnotes! It's updated only as far as the end of David Tennant's second year as the Doctor...but it's still invaluable, entertaining, and utterly magnificent.

UPDATE FOR THE THIRD EDITION: a biblical length triumph that takes i
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Wendy
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctorwho
I'll admit, I was wary of picking up Ahistory because I don't really think of myself as being a particularly continuity-obsessed type of fan. However, you don't need to be to enjoy Ahistory. Not only is the book a very readable history of the Doctor Who universe, but it also offers an interesting look at certain recurring themes in Doctor Who. For example, a great many of the Doctor Who stories about Earth's colonial expansion can be placed in a surprisingly consistent timeline, and it's interes ...more
Eric
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alright, so I haven't actually sat down and read the whole thing cover to cover, but I've read a great deal of it throughout various sittings.

Whenever I watch an episode, classic or new series, it proves itself as an invaluable reference time and time again. Mr. Parkin has truly accomplished something most of us fans can only dream of (since we have lives) - he's gone through nearly every piece of Doctor Who ever created.

My fez is off to you, Mr. Parkin. Wonderful work.

Oh, and there is a third
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Johnny
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an interesting read, as I was reading it, I couldn't decide if it was a labor of love or work of somebody very obsessed. but my hats off to anyone that attempts to put a Doctor Who events as a coherent timeline
Jane
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
This is a fabulous reference book attempting to put the Doctor Who universe is chronological order. (which is quite a feat of itself!)

It's fun for an afternoon of browsing through interesting facts and looking up obscure references while waiting for the next episode to come out. ^___^
Christina Lea
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievably, incredibly, and other-synonyms-of-astonishment-ly thorough. Seriously, it amazes me that somebody managed to work all this out. Very handy for role-playing games.
Antoinette Winette
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So much to learn, and to look up, and to flip to!
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Lance Parkin is an author who has written professional Doctor Who fiction since the 1990s. He is one of the few authors to write for both the 1963 and 2005 version of the programme — though much of his fiction has actually been based on the 1996 iteration. Indeed, he was notably the first author to write original prose for the Eighth Doctor in The Dying Days. He was also the author chosen to deliv ...more
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