Doctor Who The Complete History was a series of hardback volumes which came out every two weeks and covered 3-4 stories each. These were in-depth volumes covering the production of each episode from the first in 1963 to the end of the Peter Capaldi era of the show. In addition to the extensive production notes there were also merchandise and publicity updates and actor profiles. The quality of each volume was exceptional overseen by several different editors. The volumes were only available in the UK and Ireland so were difficult to obtain in other locations. I am more of a Watsonian fan but if you are a Doyalist you will greatly appreciate these books. Even so I give the entire series a solid 8 out of 10. I will rate each episode covered below.
The stories covered in this edition of The Complete History are “The Curse of the Black Spot“, “The Doctor’s Wife” and “The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People. These stories feature The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. “The Curse of the Black Spot is pretty much universally appraised as a poor episode by the majority of the fandom. I liked the reuse of the mention of the real life Captain Henry Avery from the TV story “The Smugglers.” Another near death experience for Rory and some nice swashbuckling 7 out of 10.
The second story covered is the great “The Doctor’s Wife.” This rightly classic episode by Neil Gaiman sees the Doctor finally meet up with the personification of the TARDIS. This along with some interesting interactions between Amy and Rory trapped in the shell of the TARDIS make a near perfect watch. The only thing keeping it from a perfect score is the implausibility of building a TARDIS from the broken bits in such a short period of time 9 out of 10.
“The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People” was my least favorite episode of the season. I enjoyed the interplay between the Doctor and his ganger duplicate and Amy’s reaction to them but the episodes did not warrant a two episode length. 6 out of 10.