The Doctors Are In by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?

The Doctors Are In by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?The Doctors Are In by Graeme BurkRobert Smith
Published by ECW Press on September 15, 2015
Pages: 220
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
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Get to know the eccentric alien known as The Doctor. From his beginnings as a crotchety, anti-heroic scientist in 1963 to his current place in British pop culture as the mad and dangerous monster-fighting saviour of the universe, the titular character of Doctor Who has metamorphosed in his 50 years on television. And yet the questions about him remain the same: Who is he? Why does he act the way he does? What motivates him to fight evil across space and time? The Doctors Are In is a guide to television’s most beloved time traveller from the authors of Who Is The Doctor and Who’s 50. This is a guide to The Doctor himself—who he is in his myriad forms, how he came to be, how he has changed (within the program itself and behind the scenes) . . . and why he’s a hero to millions.

Laid out in chronological order, this book takes a look at every incarnation of the The Doctor using a handful of episodes that best represent each one. The result is a deep, comprehensive study of The Doctor as a unified character. Each chapter has the same set up: part encyclopedia, part screenplay analysis and character study, and part editorial commentary. This makes for an entertaining, thoughtful read that never gets bogged down by tedium. Having two authors makes things even better, because Burke and Smith don’t always agree!

The Doctors Are In is a must-have for any fan who would enjoy nerding out on the character-driven aspects of Doctor Who and its protagonist.

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