Book Review: Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker

doctorwhoanddaleks1Title: Doctor Who and the Daleks

Author: David Whitaker

Year written: 1964

Publisher and year: BBC Books, 2011

ISBN Number: 978-1-849-90195-6

This is the first Doctor Who book and, although it’s renamed, is a reprint of the book Dr Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks. I’m not sure when it got renamed but I also have a copy of the 1965 version published by Armada Paperback. This book is one that I grew up loving but I haven’t read it in over ten years so I wanted to see if it would live up to how I remembered it. It was also probably the main thing that got me in Doctor Who originally as I grew up in the 90s and I don’t remember many reruns being on TV, though I did see the 8th Doctor movie.

The story this book is based on is the classic Doctor Who story Arc aired between 21 December 1963 and 1 February 1964, which is apparently the second story ever but I’m not sure I know that the first was as this introduces the Doctor and the original companions of Susan, Ian and Barbara. This copy includes a foreword, a section called The Changing Face of Doctor Who and some background on the author and notes on the original story and any changes made or things worth mentioning at the back of the book. I do like these little extras as they’re very short and help people who aren’t familiar with the characters or where this story fits within the timeline of the show to know who is involved and where the companions came from to understand their reactions to events. I am also including a bit of a comparison, or the differences, between this copy and the original that I have.

Continue reading “Book Review: Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker”

Book Review: Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker

cover1Title: Doctor Who and the Crusaders

Author: David Whitaker

Year written: 1966

Publisher and year: BBC Books, 2011

ISBN Number: 978-1-849-90190-1

I haven’t been reading that much over the past month or so besides the Christmas Carol book which seemed a bit seasonal to review now, maybe I should anyway, would people want me to now it’s past Christmas? I’ve finally started on my pile of books I have bought and not read, the first lot being a set of Doctor Who ones based on the first three doctors that I got from eBay. This book is about the First Doctor as portrayed by William Hartnell and was published originally in 1966.

This book is based on a three episode story arc written by David Whitaker that was shown in 1965 though apparently there are a few alterations like giving lines to other characters, skipping some scenes and making alterations to others so it works better as a book rather than with a TV series. This copy of Doctor Who and the Crusaders is a reissue done in 2011 though it is true to the original with an additional foreword and a Between the Lines section at the back that explains some bits including some errors between this book and the original TV series, the best of which is probably saying that Susan left the Tardis to marry David Cameron rather than David Campbell.

Continue reading “Book Review: Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker”