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|Doctor Who: The Ultimate Monster Guide|
|Written by:||Justin Richards|
|Release date:||8 October 2009|
|Format:||Large format hardback 352 pages|
The Ultimate Monster Guide was a release from BBC Books that collected Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains, Doctor Who: Aliens and Enemies and Doctor Who: Creatures and Demons together along with additional material.
Subject matter Edit
The Ultimate Guide takes Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains, Doctor Who: Aliens and Enemies and Doctor Who: Creatures and Demons, as well as new articles and updated information of various monsters from An Unearthly Child to Planet of the Dead.
Publisher's summary Edit
With THE ULTIMATE MONSTER GUIDE, DOCTOR WHO historian Justin Richards has created the most comprehensive guide to the Doctor’s enemies ever published. With fully illustrated entries that cover everything from Adipose to Zarbi and Zygons, this guide tells you everything you need to know about the many dastardly creatures the Doctor has fought since he first appeared on television.
Featuring a wealth of material from the current and classic series, the Guide also includes behind-the-scenes secrets of how the monsters were created, as well as design drawings and images. Find out how the Cybermen were redesigned over the years, and how Davros was resurrected to lead his Daleks once again. Discover the computer magic that made the Beast possible, and the make-up wizardry that created the Weeping Angels. Learn how many incarnations of the Master the Doctor has encountered, and which other misguided Time Lords he has defeated …
Lavishly designed with photos and artwork throughout, THE ULTIMATE MONSTER GUIDE is essential reading for all travellers in time and space!
Though there is no contents page, the following are the designated articles:
- All the Strange, Strange Creatures (1 page)
- The Abzorbaloff (4 pages)
- The Adipose (5 pages)
- The Alien Ambassadors (2 pages)
- The Autons (9 pages)
- The Axons (2 pages)
- The Beast (4 pages)
- The Carrionites (6 pages)
- Cassandra (4 pages)
- The Celestial Toymaker (2 pages)
- The Clockwork Robots (6 pages)
- The Cybermen (28 pages)
- The Dæmons (2 pages)
- The Daleks (48 pages)
- The Destroyer (2 pages)
- The Empty Child (4 pages)
- The Face of Boe (2 pages)
- The Family of Blood (4 pages)
- The Gelth (4 pages)
- Giant Maggots (2 pages)
- The Giant Robot (2 pages)
- Giant Spiders (2 pages)
- Magnus Greel (2 pages)
- The Haemovores (2 pages)
- The Hath (4 pages)
- The Heavenly Host (4 pages)
- The Ice Warriors (6 pages)
- The Isolus (4 pages)
- The Jagrafess (3 pages)
- The Judoon (7 pages)
- The Krillitanes (4 pages)
- The Krynoid (2 pages)
- The Land of Fiction (2 pages)
- The Lazarus Creature (4 pages)
- The Macra (6 pages)
- The Master (10 pages)
- Midnight Entity (2 pages)
- Morbius (2 pages)
- New Earth (6 pages)
- Ogri (3 pages)
- The Ogrons and Draconians (3 pages)
- Omega (2 pages)
- The Ood (6 pages)
- Platform One: The Visitors (10 pages)
- The Pyroviles (4 pages)
- Quarks (2 pages)
- The Racnoss (6 pages)
- The Rani (2 pages)
- The Sandminer Robots (2 pages)
- Santa Robots (2 pages)
- Scaroth (2 pages)
- Sharaz Jek( 2 pages)
- Sil and The Mentors (2 pages)
- Silurians and Sea Devils (4 pages)
- The Slitheen (11 pages)
- The Sontarans (9 pages)
- Stingrays and Tritivores (6 pages)
- Sutekh and The Mummies (3 pages)
- The Sycorax (6 pages)
- The Terileptils (2 pages)
- The Trickster's Brigade (3 pages)
- The Vashta Nerada (5 pages)
- The Vervoids (2 pages)
- The Vespiform (3 pages)
- The War Machines (2 pages)
- The Weed Creature (3 pages)
- The Weeping Angels (4 pages)
- The Werewolf (5 pages)
- The Wire (4 pages)
- The Wirrn (2 pages)
- The Yeti (5 pages)
- The Zarbi (3 pages)
- The Zygons (3 pages)
Notable features Edit
- Additional references include the Quarks in the 1960s comic strip adventures and the Family of Blood from Virgin Books New Adventures novels.
- A number of colour photographs from black and white stories is a bonus attraction in this comprehensive guide.
- There is reference to Yarvelling in the Genesis of the Daleks article.
- The Sarah Jane Adventures is mentioned in the Slitheen and Trickster articles.
- Torchwood is mentioned in the Cyberman and Slitheen articles.
- In The Family of Blood's article, there is a full-page spread about the novel which inspired it.
- Attack of the Graske is mentioned in the Sycorax article.
- There are Making-of segments in the following articles: Abzorbaloff, Adipose, Autons (specifically the Nestene Consciousness), Axons, The Beast, Cassamdra, Clockwork Droids, Cybermen, Daleks, Empty Child, Gelth, Heavenly Host (specifically the Titanic), Ice Warriors, Isolus, Jagrafess (specifically Satellite Five), Judoon, Krillitanes, Lazarus, Macra, The Master (specifically Toclafane and the wizened Doctor), New Earth (specifically the Patients and the Sisters of Plenitude), Ogri, Ood, Platform One, Pyroviles, Quarks, Racnoss, Slitheen, Sontarans, Stingrays and Tritovores, Sutekh (specifically the Mummies), Sycorax, Terileptils, Trickster (specifically the Time Beetle), Vashta Nerada, weed creature, Weeping Angels, Werewolf, The Wire, Yeti, Zarbi, Zygons.
- There are special backstories in the following articles: Carrionites (entitled "A Muse of Fire"), Cassandra (entitled "Lives of the Rich and Thin"), Clockwork Droids (Madame de Pompadour specifically, entitled "Scripting the Clockwork Robots"), The Face of Boe (entitled "Legends of the Universe"), New Earth (entitled "The Hospital"), Platform One ("From the Platform One Guest List" for the Forest of Cheem, "Security Procedures" for the Moxx of Balhoon), Slitheen (entitled "The Family Slitheen").
- There is concept art in the following articles: Autons, The Beast, Carrionites, Cassandra, Clockwork Droids, Cybermen, Daleks, Empty Child, The Face of Boe, Heavenly Host (specifically Max Capricorn), Isolus, Judoon, Lazarus, Macra (specifically New New York), The Master (specifically the aged Doctor and Valiant), New Earth (specifically the Sisters of Plenitude), Ood, Platform One, Pyroviles (specifically Pompeii), Quarks, Racnoss, Santa Robots, Slitheen, Sontarans, Sycorax, Vespiform.
- There are script extracts in the following articles: Autons (Rose), Cassandra (The End of the World), Cybermen (The Tenth Planet, Rise of the Cybermen, Army of Ghosts), Daleks (two from The Daleks, one from The Stolen Earth), Hath (The Doctor's Daughter), Krillitanes (School Reunion), New Earth (New Earth), Sontarans (The Sontaran Stratagem), Stingrays (Planet of the Dead), Vespiform (The Unicorn and the Wasp), Weeping Angels (Blink).
- There are storyboards in the following articles: Daleks (Doomsday), Werewolf (Tooth and Claw).
Additional notes Edit
- Curiously, it is missing an entry for the Reapers which was in Doctor Who: Aliens and Enemies. This is the only entry not carried over from the three books it collects.
Publication history Edit
- This hardback only title with a printed cover (designed by Lee Binding @ tea-lady.co.uk) and no dust jacket was priced £15.99 (UK).