The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: The Discerning Fan's Guide to Doctor Who

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McFarland, 2007 - Performing Arts - 207 pages
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The long-running BBC science fiction program Doctor Who has garnered an intense and extremely loyal fan base since its 1963 debut. This work examines the influences of psychology, literature, pop culture, and the social sciences on Doctor Who storylines and characters. Topics explored include how such issues as class, gender, and sexual attraction factor into the relationships between the Doctor and his companions; whether the Doctor suffers from multiple personality disorder or other psychological afflictions; and the role of the Doctor's native culture in shaping his sense of identity.

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Review: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: The Discerning Fans Guide to Doctor Who

User Review  - Elisabeth - Goodreads

A lot of this book is rather silly. Written by fans for fans, with tongue firmly in cheek, it explores such things as the psychological quirks, sexual proclivities, and raisons d'etre of everyone's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marc - Goodreads

Granted, I'm one of the co-authors of this book, so I may be a little bit biased. I do, however, want to say that Tom Powers and I take great pride in the work that we've done, and we believe that ... Read full review


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Tom Powers operates Alhambra Valley Ranch, a 58-acre sustainable family farm in western Contra Costa County, California. It produces grapes for wine, olives for oil and curing, and summer vegetables, including the best-tasting Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes in the world. On two hillside pastures Powers raises goats, sheep, llamas, and emus, many of them retired or rescued farm animals.

Powers started his farm in 1998 and has planted hundreds of backyard vineyards in Contra Costa and surrounding counties under the name of Diablo Vineyard. In 2005 he started a small commercial winery on his farm. His varietal wines and blends are sold directly to friends, neighbors, stores, and restaurants. He also added a greenhouse operation so that he can get his prize Cherokee Purple tomatoes to market in May instead of July.

These activities constitute the fourth or fifth career for this former attorney, county supervisor, realtor, and consultant. However, Powers is from a long line of farmers, including his grandfather who started one of the first farms in the Imperial Valley in 1910.

Tom Powers was awarded Contra Costa County's Sustainable Farming Individual of the Year award in 2009. In addition to the ranch, he runs the Alhambra Valley Olive Oil Company and Alhambra Valley Wine Company. He also chairs the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust Board and the Contra Costa County Agricultural Advisory Board.

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