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About Time 3: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 7 to 11)

About Time 3: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 7 to 11) [Kindle Edition]

Tat Wood , Lawrence Miles , Lars Pearson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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In the About Time 3 Second Edition, Tat Wood vastly expands upon the discussion of the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who, bringing this installment of the About Time series up to the size and elaborate depth of its fellows. All told, this Second Edition has nearly three times the material of its predecessor. New essays in this edition include The Daemons: What the Hell Are They Doing?, Where Were Torchwood When All This Was Happening? and Is This Any Way to Run a Galactic Empire?. Many existing essays and entries have been greatly retooled, and evidence from the new Doctor Who series (unbroadcast when this book was first published) has been taken into account.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1811 KB
  • Print Length: 506 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press; Second edition (3 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EZB7BX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide 25 Jun 2005
By Jimlad
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bigger isn't always better 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By C
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but flawed 4 Feb 2011
This is a real treat for hard core fans of the original series. It's full of fascinating details & opinions. The essays that are attached to each story are variable in quality & level of interest. Some are a bit too high brow for the likes of me I'm afraid.

Ironically, however, for a book which is picking holes in the Pertwee years, terms of errors & inconsistencies, etc, it is full of mistakes, inaccuracies, spelling mistakes & grammatical errors. In fact I wonder if anyone proof read it before & after printing. In that respect it seems very amateurish & spoils the experience somewhat. For example The Brigadier's car in Spearhead from Space is described as being a Humber, when it is quite clearly a Ford Zodiac Executive. Normally this would be regarded as nitpicking, but as this book is all about nitpicking, it should get its facts right! In some places it highlights something as being 'something that doesn't make sense' & then explains why it does make sense later on in 'the lore'. This happens in other books in this series.

Overall, however, it is a great read & well worth getting. I dropped a star from the rating because after a while the errors in the text, whther they be writer or printer errors, start to grate.
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