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

Nick Griffiths
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Book Description

A Special Edition ebook to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, featuring a host of new images, interviews and updated text...

Nick Griffiths watched his first Doctor Who aged four and a bit. He would have hidden behind the sofa but it was back against the wall and his parents didn't let him move furniture so he hid behind a cushion instead. He's since been told by his mum and dad that they didn't have a sofa only armchairs. So this book should really be called Behind the Armchair, but that didn't sound right. And so began a life long obsession. When Doctor Who started getting rubbish (after Tom Baker basically) he nearly escaped into the world of music and girls until he discovered someone selling tapes of old episodes in the small ads and that was that again. Only in the last few years has an anti-social obsession become something he can earn a living from as a journalist and happily this coincided with Doctor Who getting good again. Plus he has a son now so he can claim he's watching it for him. Oh and his son's called Dylan not Gallifrey or Davros.

"A very funny book for anyone who grew up wearing Tom Baker underpants. I know I did." DAVID TENNANT

"An unadulterated nostalgia-fest written with fun, wit and love. I'm a number of years younger than Griffiths and of a different sex, but I've rarely read anything that so reflects my own opinions and feelings about the series and more besides. If friends, parents and partners don't quite comprehend a fan's love for the Doctor, this is the book that might help them get there." DR WHO MAGAZINE

"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." FINANCIAL TIMES

"If I am getting carried away, it is the fault of Griffiths's awfully charming memoir of boyhood and Doctor Who, with its deft evocations of eight-year-old invincibility and embarrassing school discos as well as arguments about Cybermen vs Autons or Jon Pertwee vs Tom Baker. Griffiths's chatty, self-deprecating style is disarming..." THE GUARDIAN

"Popbitch's favourite new memoir." POPBITCH

"... he writes with such wit and warmth, and a strong line in observational humour." THE DAILY MAIL

"... the book Nick Hornby would have written if he'd spent his life obsessing over Doctor Who rather than footie. Nostalgic and funny." THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

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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: 2320 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,100 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The final, dying squeak of the nonentity memoir 26 April 2012
By Amazon Customer 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 70s nostalgia and a deep-seated fear of plungers 23 Mar. 2012
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Doctor Who is more than just a TV show. It's even more than a TV cult like Star Trek. With 50 years on British telly (minus that long intermission around the nineties) it is the thing that still culturally links us to the 60s, especially now that Top Of The Pops is over. That's why there's a mini-industry of people with charming Bildungsromans which are mainly based around what they were doing when Terror Of The Autons was first broadcast.

Nick Jones has the drop on his competitors though because, besides the fact that he can tell a story really well, he worked for the Radio Times when Russell T Davies successfully regenerated the show in 2005. So as well as stories of hiding behind the sofa when the Daleks were on, Jones can drop in stories about mingling with David Tennant, Billie Piper and the late, lovely Elizabeth Sladen.

But of course the heart of this book is the story of an English childhood at a time when English childhoods had a little bit of magic (after the war and before happyslapping). We see a child's wonder at the new world before him while Pertwee is rocking the Tardis; the emerging personality of pre-pubesence as Tom Baker dragged his massive scarf around space and time; the agonising nihilism of both adolescence and having to sit through Bonnie Langford as a companion.

It's all here and it's told with spirit and enormous affection. A bit like one of those I Love The 70s shows, except in book form and without the repeated urge to punch Peter Kay.

(reposted from El Dink - eBook Bargain Bin)
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Grim!! Do NOT waster your money!!
Published 11 days ago by George Rennie
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
very average book, not really my cup of tea, there are better
Published 3 months ago by Mr. J
2.0 out of 5 stars This Ain't Love
A friend of mine, knowing I’m a “Doctor Who” fan, recommended this to me as being very funny. Indeed, it’s kind of funny that there is even the option to buy a book such as this. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr.Who memories for normal people
Not too geeky, more the reminiscences of Nick Griffiths with a Who-related theme. Being a similar age to the author - so we have the same "My Doctor" - I found it amusing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rob Rimmer
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 13 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 18 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 18 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 19 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 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Dalek I Loved You: 50th Anniversary Edition
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. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Seekles
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