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8/20/2012 12:25:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

I.B. Tauris have released details on their forthcoming book The Doctor's Monsters; written by Graham Sleight, the editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, the book aims to explore the history and meanings of the monsters that have appeared in the series.

The Doctor's Monsters
Meanings of the Monstrous in Doctor Who
By Graham Sleight
Published on 10th September 2012 (pre-order)

Doctor Who has been on global television screens for nearly fifty years, and many of its most memorable protagonists have been its monsters, The Daleks, Cybermen, Slitheen, the Sontarans, Ood, Wirrn, and others. Entertainingly and provocatively written, and introduced by Who scriptwriter Paul Cornell, The Doctor’s Monsters takes a new look at these and many other creatures, and asks what inspired them and what lies behind them. If the Daleks are based on ideas of genetic purity, and the Cybermen on fears of transplant surgery, what about the Autons, the Zarbi, or the Weeping Angels?

Science fiction critic Graham Sleight examines stories from the whole of Doctor Who’s history to give this unique perspective on the series. Why are we so scared of monsters? Why do they look and act the way they do? How do they reflect the time and place that the series is broadcast in? Along the way, the book provides a history - from an unusual angle - of how this most enduring of TV science fiction series has created and recreated itself. The book also contains a comprehensive glossary of the creatures seen in Doctor Who.