About Time 2: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 4 to 6)

Overview

Constituting the largest reference work on Doctor Who ever written, the six-volume About Time strives to become the ultimate reference guide to the world's longest-running science fiction program. Written by Lawrence Miles (Faction Paradox) and long-time sci-fi commentator Tat Wood, About Time focuses on the continuity of Doctor Who (its characters, alien races and the like), but also examines the show as a work of social commentary. In particular, Miles and Wood dissect the politics and social issues that shaped...

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Overview

Constituting the largest reference work on Doctor Who ever written, the six-volume About Time strives to become the ultimate reference guide to the world's longest-running science fiction program. Written by Lawrence Miles (Faction Paradox) and long-time sci-fi commentator Tat Wood, About Time focuses on the continuity of Doctor Who (its characters, alien races and the like), but also examines the show as a work of social commentary. In particular, Miles and Wood dissect the politics and social issues that shaped the show during its unprecedented 26-year run (from 1963 to 1989), detailing how the issues of the day influenced this series. As part of this grand opus, About Time 2 examines Doctor Who Seasons 4 to 6 (1966 to 1969) — a massive paradigm shift for the show, as Patrick Troughton takes over the lead role. Among other things, About Time 2 answers such vitally important Who questions as What's the Timeline of the Cybermen?, Whatever Happened to the USA? and Did Sergeant Pepper Know the Doctor?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975944615
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: About Time series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,217,092
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Since the far-off days of About Time 6, when River Song was just the track even hard-core Donovan fans skipped on the album Hurdy Gurdy Man, Tat Wood has been living within walking distance of the Olympic Stadium, watching it get built with more speed and less care than these books and marvelling at the missile emplacements on nearby tower-blocks. He has also, rather unexpectedly, got married.

Lawrence Miles is the author of. hold on. yeah, eight novels now, and is best-known for creating the time-bending Faction Paradox series. Recovering academic Tat Wood is the person most compilers of previous guidebooks went to for advice and cultural context. Despite having written for just about every major fanzine going, he has a rich, full and complex life.

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Table of Contents


How Does This Book Work?     4
Season 4
The Smugglers     6
The Tenth Planet     16
The Power of the Daleks     33
The Highlanders     47
The Underwater Menace     56
The Moonbase     66
The Macra Terror     78
The Faceless Ones     86
The Evil of the Daleks     98
Season 5
The Tomb of the Cybermen     115
The Abominable Snowmen     129
The Ice Warriors     139
The Enemy of the World     149
The Web of Fear     160
Fury From the Deep     175
The Wheel in Space     184
Season 6
The Dominators     200
The Mind Robber     210
The Invasion     220
The Krotons     232
The Seeds of Death     244
The Space Pirates     257
The War Games     269
Essays
What Are the Dodgiest Accents in the Series?     7
What's the Cyberman Timeline?     17
What Do Daleks Eat?     35
Why Was a McCrimmon Fighting for the Pretender?     49
How Many Atlantises Are There?     57
Whatever Happened to theUSA?     69
How Did They Do Those Titles?     79
How Do You Set a Trap for This Man?     89
Why is That Portrait in Maxtible's Parlour?     101
Did Sergeant Pepper Know the Doctor?     117
How Buddhist is This Series?     131
Cultural Primer: Why the Radio Times?     141
What's the Timeline of the Twenty-First Century?     151
Was Yeti-in-a-Loo the Worst Idea Ever?     163
Does the Tardis Fly?     177
What Planet was David Whitaker On?     185
When Did the Doctor Get His Second Heart?     201
Who Was the Master of the Land of Fiction?     211
Whatever Happened to Planet 14?     221
Does Plot Matter?     235
Is Doctor Who Camp?     247
Was There Any Hanky-Panky in the Tardis?     259
Did Doctor Who End in 1969?     271
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