Get to know the eccentric alien known as the Doctor
From his beginnings as a crotchety, anti-heroic scientist in 1963 to his current place in British pop culture as the mad and dangerous monster-fighting saviour of the universe, the titular character of Doctor Who has metamorphosed in his 50 years on television. And yet the questions about him remain the same: Who is he? Why does he act the way he does? What motivates him to fight evil across space and time?
The Doctors Are In is a guide to television’s most beloved time traveller from the authors of Who Is The Doctor and Who’s 50. This is a guide to the Doctor himself — who he is in his myriad forms, how he came to be, how he has changed (within the program itself and behind the scenes) . . . and why he’s a hero to millions.
Graeme Burk is a writer and communications professional. He is the host of Reality Bomb, a Doctor Who podcast, and the author of three short stories in Doctor Who anthologies published by the BBC. He currently has a screenplay in development. Robert Smith? is a professor of disease modelling at the University of Ottawa. Since 1999, he has edited The Doctor Who Ratings Guide, one of the premier Doctor Who fan sites, and has had a number of Doctor Who short stories published in anthologies. In 2009, he received international media attention for a mathematical model of a zombie outbreak. Together, they are the co-authors of popular guides to Doctor Who, Who Is The Doctor and Who’s 50. They both live in Ottawa, Ontario.
“Burk and Smith?’s casual conversational tone, humor, and extensive knowledge of the subject give the reader a sense of the passion the two, along with millions of other fans, have for this beloved sf series. Although not an official BBC tie-in, the book nevertheless makes for an out-of-this-world read for both Classic and New Who fans.” — Library Journal
“Easy to dip in and out of, but at the same time is so compelling that you won’t want to put it down until you’ve finished the final page. But most of all it’s fun, witty, and thoroughly charming. Just like the Doctor.” — Doctor Who Magazine
“Two whole-hearted Whovians wrote The Doctors Are In — an examination of each of the twelve Doctors (and a Warrior) to date. The writing is smooth and balances nicely between scholarly and chums chatting.” — EclipseMagazine.com
“These two always find new points of interest on even the most well-worn paths. Of great interest to any Doctor Who fan, and entirely suitable for a beginner, too. That’s a neat trick, and this book pulls it off with aplomb. A refreshing willingness to look again and to look for themselves.” — Paul Cornell, author of The Severed Streets and writer of the Doctor Who episodes “Human Nature” and “The Family of Blood”
“Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the world’s most famous time traveller from the two most qualified Whovian experts (on this planet, anyways). Burk and Smith? take you through each incarnation of the Doctor and dissect what makes him tick. Fascinating, fun, and fantastic.” — Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy
“The Doctors Are In gave me new insight on a show I’ve been watching a long time. I devoured the chapters.” — Comics Worth Reading
“If you’re open to hearing criticism about your favorite Doctors and episodes, and even mentally debating with the authors, give this a read.” — Tessa’s Books and Tea Room
“The authors’ refusal to veer away from controversy and championing the golden moments that exist in even the worst of stories makes The Doctors Are In more interesting and compelling than other Doctor Who books that toe the line or play it safe.” — Sci-fi Bulletin
“This is a fun book that is pure fan love. . . If you’re a fan (or even if you’re a newbie like me) this is a book you would really enjoy.” — Smart Girls Read blog