Today is the day all sci-fi geeks have been waiting for: Doctor Who returns!! While this blog is normally dedicated to books, I cannot resist sharing the good news with everyone. To celebrate the new season of Doctor Who, here is a list of books that will appeal to Who fans.
The Doctor Who Visual Dictionary is a colorful guide to everything Who. Illustrations and diagrams explain the mechanics of The Doctor’s tools and Tardis. Background history is provided for recurring villains and heroes; and even The Doctor himself is diagrammed. Newcomers to the Who universe should tread carefully though, the book may provide spoilers.
H.G. Wells’ novella is perhaps one of the most well-known time travelling tales and played a big role in bringing the genre into mainstream fiction. The story is told mainly from the perspective of The Time Traveller as he explains the mechanics of time travel and his adventures in the future. It is safe to say that we would not have The Doctor without this classic text.
When Clare first meets Henry, she is six and he is thirty-six. When Henry first meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Sound impossible? For fans of Doctor Who, this should sound all too familiar. One of the dangers of time travel is never knowing when you will appear in the life of another person, and whether it will be the first or last time you will be meeting them. Audrey Niffenegger’s romance follows the story of involuntary time traveller, Henry DeTamble, in his struggle to maintain a normal relationship with Clare Abshire amidst his uncontrollable time travelling ability.
The Doctor is always warning his companions about the dangers of meddling with fixed points in time. Orson Scott Card takes up this dilemma in Pastwatch. In the future, scientists have developed the ability to travel in time. The organization known as Pastwatch is established to rewrite history and save humanity from centuries of warfare, poverty, and exploitation. Focusing on the voyage of Christopher Columbus as the pivotal turning point for human relations, the Pastwatch scientists travel back in time to determine if the world would be a better place had Columbus’ voyage turned out differently.
Want to know the truth behind the “Timey-Wimey” of Doctor Who? Scientist Paul Parsons explains the real-life science of some of the most important concepts in Doctor Who. Is time travel possible? What about regeneration? How is the Tardis bigger on the inside? These are just some of the questions explored in Parsons’ work. Parsons even takes on the many species found in Doctor Who and explores their characteristics and similarities to real species here on Earth. This is definitely a worthwhile read for any curious Who fan.