Written by Steve Tribe
BBC Books paperback
Release date Out now
A chronicle of the Doctor's assistants from granddaughter Susan to aristocratic thief (and unlikely bus driver) Christina De Souza…
Companions and Allies is the latest addition to BBC Books' ongoing series of photo-heavy Doctor Who guides that tend to concentrate on the new series but also feature brief looks at classic Who. This time the series has really gone for broke with a guide to the Doctor's assistants, companions and helpers.
Essentially a history of the show itself, Steve Tribe's engaging guide is surprisingly detailed, and while the pictures will mostly be familiar to long term fans, new converts will no doubt lap it up. It's worth noting that early black and white stills have been colourised which, for the younger fans who this book is squarely aimed at, brings over 40 years of history neatly to life.
What kids brought up on the show's revamp will make of the insight into the rich history of the programme is anyone's guess. But hopefully they'll enjoy this whirlwind chronicle of the classic companions and their adventures as much as adults. Jonathan Wilkins
A charming volume aimed at new fans but which long term Whovians should enjoy. Another terrific book in the series.
Wed Apr 22 2009 15:13:48 GMT+0100 (GMT Daylight Time)