Analysing and discussing the post-2005 incarnation of Doctor Who Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?’s [sic] compendium Who is the Doctor has received the thumbs up by author and reviewer Craig Byrne – singling out Burk and Smith for their original, inventive style in a review posted online.
Being an unofficial guide to the modern era of Who, there’s no handy quotes to grab nor any glossy official photos to pad out the page count. Instead, as KSiteTV points out, the duo have turned restrictions into advantages:
“The unofficial nature of this book means that even the embarrassing hiccups – like when “Rose” ended up on the internet a few weeks early – are actually mentioned rather than swept under the rug…Because the book is unofficial, there is no promotional BBC artwork within, but I must say…. the person who created the silhouettes of Doctors Nine, Ten, and Eleven did a great job. There’s no question of who is Who.”
Fine layouts and innovative design are one thing but without the content to back it up, well, who cares? But Burk and Smith? have, in the words of Byrne, come up with a fresh, frank and often conflicting opinions on all things Who:
“Who Is The Doctor analyzes each story individually and often splits into sections. There’s The Big Idea, explaining what the story is about; Roots and References, which discuss influences and connections to the story; Adventures in Time and Space, about character development; Who Is The Doctor? talking about developments for the lead character; The Doctor and [Companion], examining his interactions with the companion; You’re Not Making Any Sense, pointing out the parts of the story that might not work, and more. Trivia and timing of the stories also come into play, followed by analysis by Graeme and Robert, who don’t always agree on things.”
Published on July 14th 2012 by ECW Press, Who is the Doctor has an RRP of £14.99 but is available to pre-order now from Amazon for just £9.74.
Craig Byrne is also the author of several published books, including a couple based on the TV show Smallville.