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The Book of Lists

By Justin Richards & Andrew Martin

Book review by Paul Scoones

Just when you thought there was no other way in which the series could be documented, along comes another, this time categorising a huge number of details from such things as actors who have doubled for companions, episodes in which bicycles have featured, people the Doctor has murdered, rooms in the TARDIS, instances of nudity, correct story titles, longest and shortest episode durations... the list goes on and on.

The cynic in me thought this book was a rather sad example of an obsession with Doctor Who trivia, but it pains me to admit that I also have an interest in this level of detail, as evidenced by my occasional spotting of the odd omission from certain lists.

Reading this book from cover to cover is inadvisable (there's far too much to take in all at once), but dipping into sections at random can be a rewarding experience. If you find yourself using The Discontinuity Guide repeatedly then this book should equally appeal, though its worth as a reference source is rather limited. [4/5]

This item appeared in TSV 52 (November 1997).