About Time 5: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 18 to 21)

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In About Time, the whole of classic Doctor Who is examined through the lens of the real-world social and political changes — as well as ongoing developments in television production — that influenced the series in ways big and small over the course of a generation. Armed with these guidebooks, readers will be able to cast their minds back to 1975, 1982 and other years to best appreciate the series’ content and character.

Volume 5 of this series covers Seasons 18 to 21 of “Doctor Who,” focusing on the end of Tom Baker’s tenure as the Doctor, the whole of the Peter Davison era and the start of Colin Baker’s time with the show in mind-bending detail. In addition to the usual concerns such as the TV show’s continuity (alien races, the Doctor’s abilities, etc.) and lore (anecdotal, “Did You Know?”-style material), authors Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood will examine each Davison story in the context of the year/historical period it was produced, determining just how topical the stories were.

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Essays in this volume include: “The John Nathan-Turner Era: What Was the Difference?”, “Did Doctor Who Magazine Change Everything?”, “How Does Evolution Work?”, “… Or Could It Be Fantasy?”, “Which are the ‘Arteur’ Directors?”, “How Does Regeneration Work?”, “What Other Spin-Offs Were Planned?”, “What Difference Does a Day Make?”, “Four Whats to Doomsday?”, “Is ‘Realism’ Enough?”, “What Happened to All the Stuff Under Heathrow?”, “Do Mutilation and Entertainment Mix?”, “What’s Wrong with Cyber-History?”, “Why are There So Many Doubles in the Universe?”, “Did Kate Bush Really Write This?”, “What is the Blinovitch Limitation Effect?”, “How Can the Universe Have a Centre?”, “What Happened at Longleat?”, “Bad Costume Decisions: What are the Highlights?”, “Who Went to Aunt Vanessa’s Funeral?”, “How Indestructable is the TARDIS?”, “Which Stories Have the Best Body Counts?”, “Who Decides What makes a Companion?”, “LOAD: What Did the Computer-People Think?” and “The John Nathan-Turner Era: What Went Horribly Wrong?”

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