The Who’s Who of Doctor Who: A Whovian Guide to Friends, Foes, Villains, Monsters, and Companions To The Good Doctor by Cameron K. McEwan is a quick reference to the world of the Doctor, both the classic Who and new Who. It is an essential coffee table book for any Whoian, and I mean that complimentarily. The entries are short but informative and cover almost any character you could want to learn about within the universe of Doctor Who.
The Who’s Who of Doctor Who is written in easy-to-read language and is full of wonderful pictures and illustrations. The illustrations are provided by Andrew Skilleter who is well known for his Doctor Who illustrations. As a matter of fact, there is either a photograph or illustrations for almost every entry, thus giving a face to the characters being discussed. The photographs are fun and really capture the wonder that is the Whoniverse.
I do have a couple things to note. I would have liked to see the names of the actors, in particular the actors that played The Doctor. We learn about their characteristics and what happens to them while they are The Doctor but we aren’t even given the names of the actors who played The Doctor, or anyone else for that matter. I am not really sure why this is omitted. I will say there are those Whovians who know all the names of the actors and which characters they played, but is that who this book is for? The truth is, it is a little hard to tell exactly who this book was written for. The way the entries are written, it seems as if it is for those who don’t know much about the whole history. Then on the other hand, the character entries are not evenly distributed. The characters who are in the New Series are given quite a bit more entry space than the ones in the classic Who. There are a couple exceptions to this but overall this is the consensus through the book. The interesting thing about this is many of the companions in the Classic Who were actually around longer than any of the new companions and thus should have longer entries. If we are looking at 50 years than all should be given the same treatment, no matter if they are in the Classic or New Who.
Overall, it is nice books to have around for any Whovian, because we all know we will get into those heated discussions where a good reference book is needed, and Who’s Who Of Doctor Who can help with that. And it is also a great book to have around for those younger fans who want to explore the world of The Doctor. The Who’s Who of Doctor Who: A Whovian Guide to Friends, Foes, Villains, Monsters, and Companions To The Good Doctor is defiantly a great addition to the recent 50 year celebration.