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This is not an encyclopedia of all Doctor Who incarnations, companions and villains. It is a brief history of the Doctor both on-screen and off-screen from the beginning, focusing especially on the politics behind the scenes.
There is an entire chapter on the Daleks, and an emphasis on Gallifrey. As a viewer of the modern series with no knowledge of the classic Doctors, this was a brilliant journey through time (pun intended) which helped me appreciate the show even more.
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This book is a great and thorough introduction to the development, history, story lines and the cast/crew behind the show. I thought I knew a lot about the show. By the end of the second chapter I knew I was going to learn much more. And I did! This book has tons of small stories and "sidebars" about various aspects of the show's plot lines, characters, and focused on the major figures of the show with shocking honesty. Quotes from the show's producers and actors provide the book with a wonderful, unquestionable authenticity. Does the book cover every story about the show? No, but what single novel could? What is perhaps most wonderful about this book is that it is 100% up-to-date at the time I read it (November 2013). I know that details that had come out just this year were included in the history of the whole show, showing deliberate links between the modern and classic versions. Kistler is an adequate narrator. As the writer he did a great job gathering all the information, interviews, quotes and details together into a very easy to listen narrative that added significantly to my knowledge and appreciation of one of my favorite TV shows of all time. A must read for any fan of the show who'd like to learn more about the show and the decisions that made it what it was and is.
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