Books: The Doctor’s Monsters

The Doctor’s Monsters, released in Autumn 2012 from I. B. Tauris, is a book I’ve written about the long-running BBC TV programme Doctor Who.

The central idea behind the book is that monsters (in Doctor Who and elsewhere) often stand for something – some aspect of human nature that gets reflected in their design or behaviour. It contains chapters on the Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Weeping Angels, Autons, Mara, Slitheen, and many others. I’m hoping that it’ll appeal to Who fans of all kinds, as well as to the growing academic community that studies the show.

Paul Cornell, author of Who episodes (and much else) has  contributed a very generous Foreword saying among other things “I think [Sleight’s] analysis makes old stories exciting again, finding new interest even in such oddities as The Borad. The Doctor’s Monsters makes a splendid contribution to academia, pop culture and fan pub debate. I heartily recommend it.” The reviews so far have also been very favourable. Joel Harley of Starburst Magazine gave it 8/10 and said it “is well written, well researched and very readable” (Full review here). And Dr Who Online gave it 9/10 (full review here).

You can order the book from Amazon UK here. (US link coming shortly…)

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4 Responses to “Books: The Doctor’s Monsters”

  1. […] just set up a new page to cover The Doctor’s Monsters, the book on Doctor Who I have forthcoming from I B Tauris […]

  2. […] other news, I’m currently working on rewrites to The Doctor’s Monsters, bringing it up-to-date to cover the 2010 series of Doctor Who and, believe it or not, working on […]

  3. […] meantime, I’m spending a lot of time proofing The Unsilent Library and doing last rewrites on The Doctor’s Monsters: more news on both […]

  4. […] October, and you can pre-order it from Amazon here. If you’re interested, I’ll be updating the book’s page on my website with cover images and more news over the next few […]

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