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About Time 1970-1974 Seasons 7 to 11 (About Time; The Unauthorized Guide to Dr. Who (Mad Norwegian Press)) Paperback – 30 Nov 2004

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press; First Edition edition (30 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975944622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975944622
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jimlad on 25 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book on the recommendation of a review in a magazine and I didnt regret it.
As a Dr Who fan I round much in this book (and the others in the series) to interest and inform.
Perhaps not the type of book to sit and read in one go, but what episode guide is?
A feature of 'About time' I really enjoy are the essays on a variety of subjects surrounding the series ranging from 'Why is the music so important?' to 'A history of UNIT'.
A most enjoyable series of guides. Recommended for die hards and casual fans alike.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C on 4 Nov. 2010
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Reading the updated edition of About Time Volume 3 is a frustrating experience. This range of books without doubt makes up the definitive guide to Doctor Who, and each edition is full of valuable insights and information. However, as the range has developed, so too has the sneering attitude, and this comes out in full flood here, blighting too many pages. The always slightly superior tone has slipped into open academic condescension, spoiling what was once an informative and entertaining balance. The waffling side articles often fail to make their point or go on far too long, while blanket debunking of areas the authors don't personally resonate with (especially anything they see as pseudo-science) makes some paragraphs feel like partisan rants rather than constructive observations.

These faults might be more forgivable if the book was itself an example of perfection, but instead it is littered (almost on every page) with spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, often incomprehensible sentences and missing words that smack of an all-too quick editing process. Indeed, one has to wonder if it was ever proof-read at all. Calling attention to niggling continuity details in a TV series and heavily criticising series writers (especially Terry Nation) while being equally guilty of creative sloppiness does the authors no favours whatsoever, and the hypocritical feel only increases as each page is turned.

All this is a shame, because there is much to commend here, the text going to depths of analysis that leave other related tomes looking superficial by comparison. About Time 3 is still, therefore, a recommended read for all Who fans, but the authors should take note of the old pots and kettles adage for any future entries in this range and one can only hope they restore the keen and less cynical observations that made the earlier books so enjoyable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Bellamy on 4 May 2010
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This is a review of the expanded second edition.

This is nearly three times the size of the first edition, but does that make it three times the value? I would have to say it probably doesn't. I've been a fan of the About Time books since I bought the first edition of this book. But they have had a tendency to get more and more waffly as the series has progressed. This expanded second edition seems to be the culmination of that process.

Now, I can't deny that a lot of this book is very interesting, but it is largely off-topic for most of the time. The author clearly has a great knowledge of the pop-culture of the time, and of the general political and world context of the early 70s, but it seems that sharing all this knowledge is his real passion, and the fact that it is a Doctor Who reference book is just a pretext to get all this published. Another reviewer mentions the end notes of the book numbering 147 entries, as opposed to just 5 in the original book, but these are mainly quite irrelevant and it becomes a bit of a drag to have to flick to the back of the book every other page to read them. For example, one entry is just explaining what a Ploughman's Lunch is. Not, as you may think, because the Doctor eats one in a particular episode, or even casually mentions one, but simply because the author himself advised the reader to eat one whilst reading a particularly long section. When you read things like this you get the strong feeling you are totally indulging the author as he just writes about whatever he likes.

In addition, as has often been the case with this series of books, you can't help but feel an extra proof-reading wouldn't have gone amiss. You will often find typos, extraneous words, and even entire paragraphs that appear to make no sense at all.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GordonD on 29 Jan. 2010
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The previous reviews of this book have been about the first edition. Although this is Volume 3 of the About Time series, it was the first to appear, written before the authors had got into their stride. Later volumes were longer and covered their subject in a lot more depth. Now Tat Wood has gone back and rewritten this book almost from first page to last, expanding it and bringing it up to the standard of the later volumes. The first edition had 180 pages (excluding the house adverts at the back) while the second edition has just over five hundred. There are many more essays and the existing ones have been rewritten - in many cases referring to the 'new' Doctor Who series, which hadn't yet been shown when the first edition came out. Some minor errors (including the one about Reginald Maudling) have been fixed. All in all, an essential purchase for all Doctor Who fans, even if you already own the first edition.

One final statistic: I love the tongue-in-cheek end notes in these books. The first edition had five of them; the second edition has 147.
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