Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects

By Steve Tribe

Rating: 4 stars

This is a somewhat odd book. The idea is stolen from the BBC’s History of the World in 100 Objects, which examined the history of the world through objects in the British Museum. This book picks a hundred objects from Doctor Who and creates a timeline of the series from before the dawn of time to the end of the Universe. The format is interesting and fun: the object is described, and placed in its context around the episode in which it appeared, tying it to other objects and times as required. Then we jump of out the story and you’ll find sections on the production of the series, and notes about wider real-life history.

The history is certainly very diverse, taking in the full range of the series, from the first Doctor’s pipe (object 10) to the eleventh Doctor’s fez (object 65). In places, we jump from Bowie Base One to Gallifrey to Mondas with an even-handed mix between the New and Classic series.

As a reference book, however, it fails, with no index, table of contents or other way to quickly look something up. It’s a great book for randomly picking up and browsing though.

Book details

ISBN: 9781849904810
Publisher: BBC Books
Year of publication: 2012

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