Reviews

Back in Time: A Thinking Fan's Guide to Doctor WhoFascinating and intelligent – a must for anyone who’s ever considered the why of Who.

Rob Shearman, scriptwriter on the 2005 series of Doctor Who

This is a fun book for fans of the Doctor who want to go further into the programme’s history, its trivia and its big questions of God, the universe and what it means to be human.

David Wilkinson, author and lecturer in Science and Theology at the University of Durham

The account of the development of the Daleks as a metaphor for various cultural terrors, from 1963’s atomic Nazis to 2005’s religious zealots, is splendid, and similar gems (including an examination of the Doctor’s attitude to violence, killing and self-sacrifice) are scattered throughout.

Philip Purser-Howard, review on Surefish.co.uk

As fans, the authors clearly know their stuff . . . The style is very readable, and leavened helpfully with humour.

Philip Purser-Howard, review on Surefish.co.uk

Although I frequently disagreed . . . the book persistently challenged me to consider and to justify my own opinions. In that respect, for this thinking fan at least, Back In Time achieves its purpose.

Philip Purser-Howard, review on Surefish.co.uk

Back in Time is the latest in the Damaris Thinking Fan’s Guide series ‘written by fans for fans’. Couch, Watkins and Williams are established Christian writers on popular culture, and self-confessed avids of Doctor Who . With rigour and humour, they demonstrate their encyclopaedic knowledge.

David Giles, review on Salvation Army website

Whilst the facts, figures, obscure references and cross-links will delight Who fans of all generations, the book’s purpose is to encourage readers to ponder the themes and issues the series raises.

David Giles, review on Salvation Army website

Back in Time is accessible and well-written, designed to be read by Who aficionados regardless of background. It offers a cringe-free ‘way in’ to the Christian faith, grounded in concepts and language which will be familiar to sci-fi devotees. It’s also a good introduction to Who for anyone wishing to keep abreast of this most contemporary of cultural phenomena.

David Giles, review on Salvation Army website