Non-Fiction Book Review – The Official Quotable Doctor Who

  • Title: The Official Quotable Doctor Who: Wise Words from Across Time and Space
  • Author: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 11/29/2014

I’ve actually had the idea for this book, which is precisely what it says on the cover, forever. Doctor Who is a very quotable show, and quote books such as Primetime Proverbs or I’d Rather Kiss a Wookie – the Star Wars Quotebook are popular and fun. So, reading this I thought – how’d someone else get to do this first?

However, the book is fun. The quotes – from both the Classic Series and New Who are good and most favorites are included. However, there are some mistakes, such as – “The coffee’s just about as filthy as UNIT tea, if that’s possible.’ – Jo Grant, Planet of the Spiders” – which is simply wrong. Jo’s last episode is “The Green Death” and she didn’t suddenly reappear in “Planet of the Spiders” (Jon Pertwee’s last story). So, either the attribution is wrong, or the episode title is wrong. Since I can’t quite picture Jo saying, “filthy”, I’m guessing she never said that – it was someone else. And there are other similar errors. I’m pretty sure all the transcribing is correct – but some of the titles or attributions contain errors.

A second issue is that any quote from the Doctor is simply attributed to “The Doctor” – I really think the actor who played the Doctor should have been included. Episode titles are included, but not everyone has the entire run of the series from “An Unearthly Child” to the last Capaldi episode memorized. I mean, I’ve been a fan since the 1980s – and I have to look stuff up occasionally.

By the way, I actually have a hardcover version of this book, not an e-book. There’s also an UK version available, but Amazon UK won’t ship it to the US. I’d love to know why.

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