Good news Kasterborites! Out of print fan-favourite Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide, is returning as an eBook courtesy of Gollancz and the SF Gateway and will be accompanied by a series of four further unofficial cult TV guides.
Whenever you think to yourself, “I wish a knowledgeable trio of mega-brains had dedicated a substantial chunk of their lives to analysing ALL of the best pre-naughties sci-fi/ fantasy TV”… this is what you are wishing for. The guide, penned by Doctor Who novel stalwarts Paul Cornell (also the writer of Father’s Day and Family of Blood/ Human Nature), Martin Day and Keith Topping will be spearheading the return of four further guides documenting The Avengers, 90s Star Trek, X-Files and a Classic British Telefantasy Guide. Gollancz editor, Marcus Gipps said,
I’m thrilled to bring these books back. They may be representative of the time they were written, but they’re still entertaining, informative and enjoyable. All three authors have written Doctor Who novels and have a love of televised SF, and between them they bring a range of knowledge and critical thought to their subjects.
This I can vouch for. The Discontinuity Guide, published in 1995 was a smashing piece of work – affectionate, chortlesome and satisfyingly obsessive. In fact if you head over to the episode guide on the *original* official BBC site you will be able to have a sneak peek as the unofficial Discontinuity Guide was used for most of the background info! Each story is broken down into helpful and attention-grabbing subheadings – plot, episode endings, trivia, myths about the production, continuity, double entendres (!) detailed analysis and my favourite part: dialogue triumphs and disasters. It lists gems such as Irongron’s description of the third Doctor from The Time Warrior; “A longshanked rascal with a mighty nose!” There’s also a goofs section for each story and of the recently discovered Web of Fear (isn’t it BRILLIANT!) it notes,
“When talking about ‘underground trains’, the Doctor says that this is ‘a little after your time, I think, Victoria’. As Victoria comes from 1866 he’s wrong: the underground line between Farringdon Street and Edgeware Road opened in 1863.”
Nuff said. There is SO much attention to detail and obvious love for the show in the Discontinuity Guide – it’s huge and rather like the TARDIS you could immerse yourself for hours exploring favourite nooks and crannies and discovering new ones. This page describes the format and will let you know what you’re in for: www.whoniverse.net/discontinuity/guide.php
The eBooks will be available worldwide from 31st October. Highly recommended, and you can find details about them on the Orion Publishing website.