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August 26th, 2018 12 comments

The Complete History Book Collection Issue 84

Available to order in the UK from

Usually available to order in the USA from

The definitive history of BBC’s long-running series Doctor Who continues with this volume on the twelfth Doctor focusing on three stories from Series 10: “Smile,” “Thin Ice,” and “Knock, Knock.”

Illustrated throughout with photographs from the archives and in full-color, this hardcover volume features story summaries, character and actor profiles, pre- and post-production notes, broadcast reaction, and much more.

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  • Anonymous

    September 16th, 2018 - 6:34pm

    It’s really distracting how photoshopped Capaldi’s head is here!

  • Anonymous

    September 10th, 2018 - 7:54pm

    So will the last one be vol 90 with twice upon a time?

    • Gordon

      September 10th, 2018 - 8:08pm

      No that’s issue 89. 90 will be Appendices like shada shalka and other loose odds and ends

  • Doctor Stu

    August 27th, 2018 - 10:35am

    Is it only me who hated knock, knock? It was advertised as the one to watch when series 10 was airing and everyone seemed to be hyped but I thought it was just awful. Tried far too hard to be scary and so as a result wasn’t scary at all, every single actor was cringy, they turned the Doctor into a buffoon and David Suchet wasn’t exactly ground breaking.

    • T.A

      August 27th, 2018 - 3:41pm

      Same, honestly the more I watch season 10, the more I start to dislike it. Knock knock in my opinion was failed attempt at horror with cringe scenes and bad written dialogue.

    • Doctor Stu

      August 27th, 2018 - 4:59pm

      Most of Moffatt era episodes are ruined by bad acting and cringy dialogue. Even if most of the episode is good. Asylum of the Daleks is the prime example with a great 90% of an episode and then the cringe beyond cringe ‘Doctor who?’ Moment at the end. And then there’s dark water with the cringe acting and over the top dialogue given to Doctor Chang to ‘act’ out.

  • Eoghan

    August 26th, 2018 - 7:16pm

    Good to see them doing theee stories in a book, the recent series 9 ones have been very bare I think… haven’t enjoyed them but this looks like it’s some meat on it!

  • Doctor Mysterio

    August 26th, 2018 - 3:41pm

    Mine too!

  • Tim M

    August 26th, 2018 - 2:30pm

    My favourite story in this book is the hugely underrated ‘Smile’.

    • Anonymous

      August 26th, 2018 - 5:12pm


    • Doctor Stu

      August 26th, 2018 - 8:56pm

      Smile would be great with better acting and a few pacing changes. The scene where Bill’s watching the human history footage and starts to cry is just really, really cringey

    • Gareth Pugh

      August 27th, 2018 - 12:00pm

      Smile is good and looks great – with some excellent dialogue between the Doctor and Bill as they get to know each other – but the basic plot premise (guardian/control robots or beings that were just doing their job only a change of surrounding context meant them doing that became a threat to humans) had been done a good few times by this point (see the Siren in Curse of the Black Spot, or the Handbots in The Girl Who Waited).

      But a good episode of a very strong season, IMHO.

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