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I've given up on this "unofficial and unauthorised guide to Doctor Who 2005", after ploughing through a first half composed entirely of secondary reports gleaned from the media and checking out the write-ups of the first two episodes, and I won't buy any of the rest in the series. I picked it off the shelf at the Doctor Who shop hoping for something at least as insightful and interesting as the ol' Discontinuity Guide and if possible approaching the standards of the About Time series, but this isn't it. The reviews of each story were written almost immediately after broadcast, so have the qualities of enthusiastic reflection rather than the detailed reflection which I know several of the writers can deliver. A disappointment.

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parrot_knight
Aug. 23rd, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
The series gets better once Stephen James Walker takes over, with more detailed episode analysis; and the quotes from blogs are dropped from Monsters Inside.
steve_mollmann
Aug. 23rd, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I actually really liked Back to the Vortex, mostly for the first half you seem to have found a slog. For me, it was a joyous recreation of those early moments of the new series. The episode guide leaves a lot to be desired, though, especially the overwhelming number of reviews with weirdly specific topics. Second Flight was worse, since the second season just doesn't have an interesting narrative, and once Stephen James Walker came in, I quit, partially since he has a tendency to pre-judge change as a negative. (There's a lot of "When Donna comes in next year it is gonna SUCK" in Third Dimension.) Though Walker's Inside the Hub is a very insightful look at Torchwood the made me reevaluate a lot of episodes, his second volume was fanboyism of the worst kind. I think I'm done with guidebooks that only cover thirteen episodes at a time.
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