The Discontinuity Guide

No. 36 of 334 in the Miscellaneous factual books series
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By:Paul Cornell, Martin Day & Keith Topping
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Editions:  UK (1st paperback) | US (2nd paperback)

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Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  May 1995
Publisher:  Virgin
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‘Resistance is futile!’

Fluffs, goofs, double entendres, fashion victims, technobabble, dialogue disasters; these are just some of the headings under which every story in the Doctor’s twenty-seven-year career is analysed.

Despite its humorous title, The Discontinuity Guide has a serious purpose. Apart from drawing attention to the errors and absurdities that are among the most lovable features of Doctor Who; this reference book provides a complete analysis of the story-by-story creation of the Doctor Who universe.

One sample story, Pyramids of Mars, yields the following gems:

Technobabble: a cytronic particle accelerator, a relative continuum stabiliser, and triophysics.

Dialogue Triumphs: ‘I’m a Time Lord... You don’t understand the implications. I’m not a human being. I walk in eternity.’

Continuity: the Doctor is about 750 years old at this point, and has apparently aged 300 years since Tomb of the Cybermen. He ages about another 300 years between this story and the seventh Doctor’s Time and the Rani.

An absolute must for every Doctor Who fan. Wear your anorak with pride, and keep The Discontinuity Guide in its pocket!

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Edition: US (2nd paperback)
Released:  October 2004
Publisher:  MonkeyBrain Books
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Note:  Reprint, with no added or updated content apart from a new introduction by Lou Anders.

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"‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,’ said somebody — Ralph Waldo Emerson actually. Packed with goofs, fashion victims and dialogue disasters, The Discontinuity Guide proves that the makers of Doctor Who over the years have been, if nothing else, quite magnificently large-minded."
— Terrance Dicks

"The Discontinuity Guide is the most elaborate, thoughtful, smart, and intuitive reconciliation of disparate elements I’ve ever encountered."
— Lou Anders

Indispensable, hysterical and brilliant, The Discontinuity Guide is everything the typical television reference manual or episode guide isn’t. As well as being a thorough record of every single plot hole, production goof and dialogue blunder and every fascinating tidbit of Doctor Who history and continuity, The Discontinuity Guide is a brilliant attempt to stitch 26 years of television history into a coherent narrative. Well-thought out and credible explanations are offered for the seemingly irreconcilable or merely obscure bits of the mythos, making this an essential reference for the longtime fan and a hilarious introduction for the new one.

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