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Dalek I Loved You: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Edition

Dalek I Loved You: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Edition [Kindle Edition]

Nick Griffiths
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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"Griffiths does have a story and he does it in a very amusing manner. Dalek I Loved You is more than just a tribute to a sci-fi icon., it is also a moving and charming memoir which brought the 1970s and 1980s flooding back to me." (Darryl Armitage NEWS LETTER (N. Ireland))

¿Even if you¿re not a real Whovian, there¿s plenty to keep you entertained as it¿s packed with warm nostalgia, amusing anecdotes, observational humour and embarrassing moments.¿ (Book of the Month) (BOYS TOYS)

James Lovegrove, FINANCIAL TIMES

"He conjures up just how mind-blowing it was for an ordinary suburban kid to be transported to a realm of danger and rampant sci-fi imaginings. "

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1462 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harrison Dextrose Publishing (20 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nick Griffiths is the author of two Doctor Who-based books: 70s/80s memoir, Dalek I Loved You, and Who Goes There, in which he travels around odd parts of Britain, tracking down former show locations, including some steps, several quarries and a very large sandpit. He also wrote the comic travelogues, In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose, and its sequel, Looking for Mrs Dextrose. One day he will conclude the Dextrose trilogy.
His newest book, with oft-times collaborator, Beano/Marvel/DC cartoonist David Mostyn, is The Cartoon A-Z of Vampires. Other titles will follow in the Cartoon A-Z series.
Nick's burning ambition is to go to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat, however he is a bit worried about pirates off the coast of Somalia.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Invasion of the Nostalgicons" 19 Mar 2008
A warm and charming book in which the author tells his life story so far, referenced to what Doctor Who stories were showing during key events. Yes I know I've made it sound anoraky, but it isn't.

Readers who love Dr Who and are of the same age will find lots to smile and chuckle at, while they are sat on the train or wherever with knowing smiles. The acid test of any book that gives an author's subjective opinion of a Dr Who story is do you want to keep reading when he disses your favourites and in my case the answer was yes.

Readers may find as they did that they compare themselves to Nick Griffiths on the fabled "Anorak Scale" e.g. he will clearly pay considerably more for a piece of Dr Who merchandise than me and it is in these key areas that spell out what kind of a fan the author is, where his humour makes it such an ejoyable read. Parts such as where he deals with friends reaction to a show they hold in much less regard and attempts to buy Dr Who videos from a paper where he makes it sound almost shady are a treat.

If you are 35 plus then you'll find plenty to enjoy especially if you've already done the big 4. Much younger and you won't get enough of the references (not just to The Police Box Show but to events at the time) to get anything out of it.

I definitely think my mate Alastair should be made to read it and I don't say that lightly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Seventies Memoir Around 20 Dec 2007
Dalek I Loved You looks like it's going to plough the same well-worn material as other seventies memoirs, such as those written by Andrew Collins. Actually - this one is far superior to any of the others in this genre. It's funny, genuine, and Griffiths comes over as a really decent bloke who can't believe his good fortune to be earning a living writing about stuff he loves.

The Dr Who material is well-handled, and brought back loads of great memories for me from the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker eras of the programme. With a writing style that is slick and easy to read, Griffiths has put together a real page turner of a trip down memory lane that will appeal to lots of people who grew up loving classic Dr Who. Really well done - and a great feel good read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It's been a while since I've read a book cover to cover in one or two sittings, and Dalek I Love You is definitely one of those. A childhood memoir (that really shouldn't be as highly entertaining as it actually is) intertwined with Doctor Who (and various 80s pop culture) factoids, it really doesn't matter that the narrative frequently jumps around all over the place, as Griffiths' writing style makes things as smooth and effortlessly offhanded as you'd expect from a music journo. There are several laugh-out-loud moments, and it even elicited a few wistful memories, despite my being born a decade later. Oh, and you don't have to be a Doctor Who fan, but it helps!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dalek I Loved You: 50th Anniversary Edition 12 Nov 2013
By Seekles
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I suppose the book is an enjoyable enough read. The laughs make it worth the £1.02 I paid.

I am, however, baffled as to how this was published. The guy is not really anything more than a nostalgic fan [Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker specifically] of Doctor Who and watches the new series as part of his job.

DILY isn't much more than an updated autobiography of some Radio Times staff member with a loose Doctor Who connection. In fact, I would go as far to say that the legendary David Bowie is mentioned more than that of the show which the book is meant to be about. The anniversary edition is just the same stuff but with abrupt interruption for some side notes, much of which is just interviews that the guy has conducted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars None 7 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This guy did not come across as much of a fan or engaging as a person. Im not sure what this book is but it is not fun. This sort of thing can be done well, contrast it to the charm of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf for example.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless rambling 12 Sep 2013
By Soze
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This is essentially the autobiography of a very ordinary man and his very ordinary life and proof positive that fans of Doctor Who will buy anything with the word 'dalek' in the title. Including me it seems! If it wasn't for the fact it regularly references the aforementioned show it would almost certainly never have seen the light of day. For fans of Doctor Who there's some fun to be had reading his reminiscences but other than that it's pure tedium. Once he started talking of his life, friends and family I became incredibly bored...this isn't meant as a put down, I'm sure the writer is a very nice chap but really...why am I meant to be interested in any of this? It's all so unremarkable (as would my autobiography be...which is why I've never written one!), very little of any substance ever happens to him, it's just average Joe spilling out his average life onto paper. Quite possibly the most pointless book I've ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The final, dying squeak of the nonentity memoir 26 April 2012
By Alan Hansen VINE VOICE
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I suppose Nick Hornby kicked off the idea that the subject of an autobiography need not be that interesting, provided he is interested in something. Hornby also has the advantage that he can write; to the extent that you don't really need to be interested in football or Arsenal, let alone Hornby himself, to find Fever Pitch an intriguing picture of an obsession.

Nick Griffiths' Arsenal equivalent is Doctor Who, but it doesn't really seem to be an obsession; more something he quite likes, his enthusiasm ebbing and flowing. And later he gets a chance to interview a lot of the people involved in the show, which is nice. But to pad it out, we learn about his fondness for the Canadian prog band Rush, his lousy A-level results, his desire to build a fruit machine. He just writes these things down and hopes we care, without any real attempt at self-analysis, or any desire to make himself or his hobbies or his relationships or his work really matter to us.

Moreover, deprived of the editorial support of the Radio Times (his regular employer), there are rather more clunky errors than one might hope for. So we've got an uninteresting person who is a bit interested in something, but hasn't got the talent to write about it. He claims to loathe Adric (the whining, spoddy companion to the Fifth Doctor) but that's who he most reminds me of. And as his final credits run, there will be no music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very personal and touching
It's not so much about Doctor Who, more the life and times of an ordinary person framed in the nostalgia of Doctor Who. Read more
Published 2 months ago by harper920
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you moid 40's to 50's ?
If your a middle aged guy, this is for you ! Forget the Dr Who bit, if you grew up in the 60's / 70's / 80's you will laugh and cry at the memories this book will bring back ! Read more
Published 7 months ago by kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Nick Griffiths style
Wonderful. A mix of modern social history, personal memories and of course the Doctor Who timeline. You can't help but like Nick Griffiths and his view of the world. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars A Trip Back In Time
A great read and an insight into what it meant to be a Doctor Who fan as a child of the 70s (and beyond! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr Craig Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars yes
loved the book lots of memories brought back to lifei would recommend this for any child of the 60's and 70's
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy nostalgic read with a smattering of Doctor Who
This is an easy read, when you are tired and would just like something to wistfully remind you of your childhood and early experiences of Doctor Who. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written biography of an interesting man - not just for the...
This is an interesting, well-written book that is easy to read. Although the author is clearly a Dr. Who fan, there is much more to this than simply asides on the series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by EJS
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
To borrow a phrase from my least favourite Doctor, this book is just FANTASTIC. Nick Griffiths has succeeded in creating a narrative that will, doubtless, cause many... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard F. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love life, nostalgia & sea-devils...
I love stories, especially stories about people & the wonderful lives they lead. This story has heart & passion as well as a comprehensive history of Doctor Who which is at once... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs Sarah Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into the mind of an honest collector
As a fan of the good Doctor myself, I was attracted to this book by the title. And in many respects I can relate to Nick Griffiths, especially as it was Spearhed from Space which... Read more
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