Space Hel­met For A Cow

Hu­mor­ous Who his­tory

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Books -

Re­lease Date: 24 March 272 pages | Pa­per­back/ ebook Au­thor: Paul Kirkley Pub­lisher: Mad Nor­we­gian Press

Doc­tor Who has had count­less guides, bi­ogra­phies and analy­ses writ­ten on it, but this one, writ­ten with a lov­ing dep­re­ca­tion, may be the first that presents the en­tire 26- year orig­i­nal run as one con­tin­u­ous nar­ra­tive ( in­clud­ing a re­view of ev­ery story), and on top of that, at­tempts to make it funny.

The hu­mour and jokes gen­er­ally work well, oc­ca­sional sex­ist re­mark aside, though in a his­tory as var­ied as this, it can some­times be dif­fi­cult to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween in­ter­est­ing factoid and comic hy­per­bole.

Most of the anec­dotes have ap­peared else­where ( Doc­tor Who Mag­a­zine is lib­er­ally cred­ited), but to get them in one place is a treat and all but en­sures that even the most ar­dent fan will learn new things. Rhian Drinkwa­ter The ti­tle’s from a line in 1965’ s “The Time Med­dler”, where the Doc­tor sar­cas­ti­cally sug­gests what a Vik­ing hel­met might be.

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