Who Beyond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Doctor Who
Softcover, 330 pages • ISBN: 978-0578155197
Few television series have remained in production for decades. Fewer have come back from cancellation to spawn multiple spinoffs. And even fewer have thrived following the loss of their lead actor. Amazingly, Doctor Who can proudly boast all three claims.
Brian J Robb and Paul Simpson have assembled 50 thematic, chronological essays covering a wide variety of Who icons over the past five decades. The long-time collaborators posted preliminary versions at Sci-Fi Bulletin, but have delved into far greater detail for this collected edition, examining not only the show itself, but the background of each actor to play the role of the Doctor and each showrunner who helped keep the show alive, as well as the novels, the audios, the monsters, the companions, the music, the effects, fandom, and much more.
But Who Beyond 50 is more than just another TV retrospective. It's a grand exploration of one of the most beloved series of all time. It's a celebration of Who's surprises and successes, and an honest account of its faults and failures. It's all here. And it's about time.
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Reviewer Jill McDole, There Goes the Day blog
This book deserves its place on the shelves of Whovians, both long-standing fans AND newer converts to the series. It looks great, its fascinating, AND its informative. Far from being a stuffy collection of facts, Who Beyond 50 is fun and informative at the same time.
Philip Morris, Reviewer, Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes Facebook page
Overall, this is a really good book and I would recommend it to any Doctor Who fan... I will give it a 4 out of 5.
UncleGeoff, Reviewer, SFCrowsNest
[It] keeps the story of Doctor Who moving at a brisk pace, examining producers and actors alike, trends within the shows production and how the show addressed the many challenges it faced. For the novice fan, it is an excellent overview. For the more seasoned, it may be a little of what youve heard before, but rarely all in the same place. A good companion for Howe and Walkers own Television Companion.
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