From the back of the book:
Doctor Who is the television program that’s bigger on the inside. It’s no wonder that, after five decades on the air, the Doctor, the TARDIS and his enemies are icons of British culture. Who is The Doctor is a fun and insightful guide to Doctor Who‘s triumphant return to television in 2005. Doctor Who experts Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? bring insights into everything about the New Series, including:
- an in-depth assessment of every episode of the first six seasons of the New Series, examining each story’s place in Doctor Who history, the characters and the ongoing story arcs, along with trivia, nitpicks and thoughtful, irreverent reviews
- special examinations of Doctor Who history from the Classic Series
- sidebars on the writers, creators, actors, spinoffs such as Torchwood, the theme music, the sonic screwdriver and more
On one hand, this was awesome. All kinds of trivia and behind the scenes stuff that I didn’t know before? Stuff that I may have missed out on because I wasn’t obsessed about it earlier in my life? Yes please! Educate me! Make me realize even more how awesome Doctor Who is! Make me astonished with the fact that Matt Smith is actually good at football because he was all into football until an injury forced him into acting! Tell me about why Neil Gaiman’s episode is called The Doctor’s Wife – as a throwback to when the production company tried to find a leak on staff in the Classic Series! Tell me about exactly how many people the Doctor has kissed on screen, and how they all happened in the New Series! Love all this random trivia stuffs!
On the other hand, it will be difficult to rewatch some of these episodes because I will now have another person’s thoughts about why this episode was awesome or why it sucked going through my head, and gosh darn it, I like to watch Doctor Who to be entertained, not to analyze it!
Part of me wished I had read just a few sections of each episode (what the relationship between the Doctor and his current companion is, interesting trivia, pop culture references, how previous episodes tied to this one, etc), instead of reading what both of the authors thought about the episode. Sometimes it was quite interesting, especially when the two authors completely disagreed about what they thought worked or didn’t work about the episode. But now, as mentioned, their thoughts are going to completely colour my thoughts to some episodes.
That said, though, it did make me realize exactly wasn’t sitting right with me in the episodes of season 6 – there were never any consequences for anything the Doctor, Amy, Rory or River did. At the end of each episode, things just went back happily to what they were at the beginning of the episode.
The Bottom Line
Definitely not recommended for people who aren’t fans of the new series of Doctor Who. Fans will get some enjoyment out of it though.