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Every object tells a story. From ancient urns and medieval flasks to sonic screwdrivers and glass Daleks, these 100 objects tell the story of the entire universe, and the most important man in it: the Doctor. Each item has a unique tale of its own, whether it's a fob watch at the onset of the Great War or a carrot growing on the first human colony on Mars. Taken together, Every object tells a story. From ancient urns and medieval flasks to sonic screwdrivers and glass Daleks, these 100 objects tell the story of the entire universe, and the most important man in it: the Doctor. Each item has a unique tale of its own, whether it's a fob watch at the onset of the Great War or a carrot growing on the first human colony on Mars. Taken together, they tell of empires rising and falling, wars won and lost, and planets destroyed and reborn. Within these pages lie hidden histories of Time Lords and Daleks, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, the plot to steal the Mona Lisa and the story of Shakespeare's lost play. You'll find illustrated guides to invisible creatures, the secret origins of the internet, and how to speak Mechonoid. "A History of the Universe in 100 Objects" is an indispensible guide to the most important items that have ever existed, or that are yet to exist.


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Every object tells a story. From ancient urns and medieval flasks to sonic screwdrivers and glass Daleks, these 100 objects tell the story of the entire universe, and the most important man in it: the Doctor. Each item has a unique tale of its own, whether it's a fob watch at the onset of the Great War or a carrot growing on the first human colony on Mars. Taken together, Every object tells a story. From ancient urns and medieval flasks to sonic screwdrivers and glass Daleks, these 100 objects tell the story of the entire universe, and the most important man in it: the Doctor. Each item has a unique tale of its own, whether it's a fob watch at the onset of the Great War or a carrot growing on the first human colony on Mars. Taken together, they tell of empires rising and falling, wars won and lost, and planets destroyed and reborn. Within these pages lie hidden histories of Time Lords and Daleks, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, the plot to steal the Mona Lisa and the story of Shakespeare's lost play. You'll find illustrated guides to invisible creatures, the secret origins of the internet, and how to speak Mechonoid. "A History of the Universe in 100 Objects" is an indispensible guide to the most important items that have ever existed, or that are yet to exist.

30 review for Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects (Limited Edition with T-Shirt)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    While I generally feel a certain amount of dislike for products that feel like the marketing dept is running the show, the Dr. Who: History of the Universe in 100 Objects does provide a good account of items that are significant in the series. This is quite handy as objects are important to the stories. Plus, it was a huge hit with the person I gave it to as a gift.

  2. 5 out of 5

    B Schrodinger

    A great new coffee table Doctor Who book in the style of other list books. The objects chosen are from both the classic series and the 2005 series and are arranged in chronological order, well Doctor Who universe chronoligical order anyway.Each item is accompanied by a new piece of artwork and an explanation of what it is. It is then followed by a production and continuity details. The text is well-written and cheeky, and the artwork is great. Some artwork reveals details of object or monsters th A great new coffee table Doctor Who book in the style of other list books. The objects chosen are from both the classic series and the 2005 series and are arranged in chronological order, well Doctor Who universe chronoligical order anyway.Each item is accompanied by a new piece of artwork and an explanation of what it is. It is then followed by a production and continuity details. The text is well-written and cheeky, and the artwork is great. Some artwork reveals details of object or monsters that were not depicted in the show. There is a lot of detail here to enjoy. I received this book as a Christmas present from my parents-in-law. It was a great choice for me for a couple of reasons. New Doctor Who books tend to be very new series heavy and have only brief mentions of classic series information. They also tend to be written for the juvenile audience and not long-term fans. I'm even very tired of the new fiction being produced. I have only read a handful, but if they can't even get Stephen Baxter to produce a decent story I cannot imagine any are of any quality (See my review of Stephen Baxter's "The Wheel of Ice"). A History of the Universe in 100 Objects was a fun read that celebrated all of Doctor Who. The text was not written specifically for a 10-year-old and the overall quality of the book was high. In my opinion there has not been a quaility Doctor Who book published like this for the last several years (since the 'About Time' series by Miles and co, and that wasn't even BBC). I'd recommend that any long-term Doctor Who fans put it on their 2013 Christmas or birthday lists.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Whyte

    https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2983726.html This is really rather gorgeous - clearly rips off the British Museum's excellent podcast and book with similar titles, but a good idea is worth stealing imitating. Tribe and Goss list 100 important objects in the Whoniverse in chronoligical order (ie from the early universe to the far future, passing through the 1960s and 2000s en route), mentioned in TV stories from 1963 to 2012; each entry recapitulates the story or stories in which the particular obj https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2983726.html This is really rather gorgeous - clearly rips off the British Museum's excellent podcast and book with similar titles, but a good idea is worth stealing imitating. Tribe and Goss list 100 important objects in the Whoniverse in chronoligical order (ie from the early universe to the far future, passing through the 1960s and 2000s en route), mentioned in TV stories from 1963 to 2012; each entry recapitulates the story or stories in which the particular object appears, but then also looks at other stories with similar themes (eg space arks) and even at sources of inspiration for the originating writers. The whole thing is beautifully illustrated. Definitely at the top end of the Doctor Who reference book range.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Loads of great Dr Who trivia and information on objects characters and a plethora of other stuff for every Whovian on this planet or any other come to that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    This a great Doctor Who fan book. The print is “newspaper” print, the pictures are beautiful printed, and the information is tied to all the Doctors to Matt Smith’s Doctor. I liked the information and the history of the past Doctors and their episode. Some of the episodes are lost forever. I enjoyed reading about the different items like The Trojan Horse, Mondas, Axonite, and the Peking Homunculus. I also liked revisiting the items and monsters/characters from past Doctor Who.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    An interesting way to tour through Doctor Who. A little odd though, since it was written just prior to season 7 of new Who, so you got a throw-back vibe.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Weasel

    Interesting, there's a lot there. More of the objects are from the current run, but it does cover the whole of Doctor Who.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Raj

    This is a somewhat odd book. The idea is stolen from the BBC's History of the World in 100 Objects, which examined the history of the world through objects in the British Museum. This book picks a hundred objects from Doctor Who and creates a timeline of the series from before the dawn of time to the end of the Universe. The format is interesting and fun: the object is described, and placed in its context around the episode in which it appeared, tying it to other objects and times as required. T This is a somewhat odd book. The idea is stolen from the BBC's History of the World in 100 Objects, which examined the history of the world through objects in the British Museum. This book picks a hundred objects from Doctor Who and creates a timeline of the series from before the dawn of time to the end of the Universe. The format is interesting and fun: the object is described, and placed in its context around the episode in which it appeared, tying it to other objects and times as required. Then we jump of out the story and you'll find sections on the production of the series, and notes about wider real-life history. The history is certainly very diverse, taking in the full range of the series, from the first Doctor's pipe (object 10) to the eleventh Doctor's fez (object 65). In places, we jump from Bowie Base One to Gallifrey to Mondas with an even-handed mix between the New and Classic series. As a reference book, however, it fails, with no index, table of contents or other way to quickly look something up. It's a great book for randomly picking up and browsing though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Highly enjoyable for what it is. Good info and good balance between classic and modern "Who". Yes, you may question why some items are included and others not but they explain their arbitrary nature in the introduction! It's very humor-filled and much in the mind-set of the Doctor. I quite enjoyed the relationships made and the comparisons of various Doctors, companions, villains, and beings across all of "Who" on the same subjects. I only wish this had come out two years later and fully wrapped Highly enjoyable for what it is. Good info and good balance between classic and modern "Who". Yes, you may question why some items are included and others not but they explain their arbitrary nature in the introduction! It's very humor-filled and much in the mind-set of the Doctor. I quite enjoyed the relationships made and the comparisons of various Doctors, companions, villains, and beings across all of "Who" on the same subjects. I only wish this had come out two years later and fully wrapped the 50th Anniversary stories into this collection.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Interesting read from the history of long running show Doctor Who. Currently watching reruns of the original series, this helped fill in some of the gaps with regards missing episodes and lore. Mainly for the fan, the premise is 100 items from the history of the show, similar to a BBC Radio show they did on history. Only problem is that lore and real history are sometimes mixed up, so not great for those who don't already have a smattering of history and can tell reality from fiction.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    A fantastic combination of "Doctor Who" coffee table book and encyclopedic resource. What's fantastic about it is (1) the right amount of tongue-in-cheek attitude, and (2) the occasional mistake that long-term fans will pick up along the way...and I believe, based on the book's introduction, are MEANT to pick up along the way. Delightful from start to finish, and nice first outing to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary year.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    Excellent for all Who geeks like myself. A nice pick of objects from the Whoniverse all nicely illustrated. Lots of facts relating to the objects and lots of production info about the objects and the episodes they come up in. Not a lot I can say about this book, but if you are a Whovian just read it. You'll be glad you did.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Kelly

    A fascinating attempt to put the Doctor Who timeline in some sort of coherent chronological order, using 100 objects as markers along the way to hang events upon. An amusing and consistently entertaining read, very well illustrated.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Although it was a bit confusing darting about space and time to the different objects but that is typical of doctor who so it did end up fitting it perfectly. I loved how they had simply the hundred objects but the objects allowed them to expand in different directions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Parry

    Yay my son's present that I cannot wait to read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Baratta

    For fans to read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ani

    Superb

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Reinoehl

    Manages to somehow cover the entire 50+ year history of the show. Very informative without too many plot spoilers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    My son found this. We just started the new series on Netflix streaming and this book has been a great companion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul Pendell

    Extremely clever and excellent!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chulainn

    AWESOME... Just AWESOME

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    John

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Hinton

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  30. 4 out of 5

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