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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Second Impression edition (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844546365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844546367
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigel Goodall is the author of several celebrity biographies, including ""Demi Moore,"" ""Ray Winstone,"" and ""The Secret World of Johnny Depp."" John Highfield is an entertainment journalist. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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131 of 134 people found the following review helpful By M. Kuhn on 29 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a huge disappointment. Please don't reward the author or the publisher by buying it. I only learned two things I didn't already know about David from it and, given the quality of the writing and the research, I have my doubts as to whether either of those things is true. (To prevent anyone buying the book to find out the two things, here they are: David allegedly nearly died of appendicitis at age 9, and was allegedly beaten up by homophobic bullies when he was in school because they thought he was gay.)

I learned way more about Kylie Minogue, Johnny Depp, the history of the Daleks, and Arthur Eddington than I had any desire to learn. Of course, this so-called author has books out on Kylie and Johnny, so he could pirate his own work to add page count to this pathetic excuse for a biography.

I've learned more about David Tennant by listening to him on commentary tracks than I did from this book. For example: he consistently refers to the folks who are generally known as "extras" as "supporting players" or "supporting cast members." There--I've just given you more insight into his character, morals, ethics, and respect for his fellow cast members than you'll find in all the pages of this book.

The only reason I haven't thrown this book away, given it away, or donated it to the library is the photos. I'm tempted to take a razor blade to the book, lift the color plates and then dispose of the printed parts in one of the aforementioned ways. And this from a book lover who won't even dog-ear pages to mark my place! Does that give you a clue as to how sorry this volume is?

I knew I would regret the purchase before I even got into the text proper. In the front matter is a quote from Voyage of the Damned--and they didn't even get it right.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Sam Fenn on 29 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
...is NOT in this book.

This is nothing more than a collection of basic facts about the actor that can be gathered from any of the fansites on the Web, padded out with personal details and patter about everyone from Kylie Minogue to Elvis Presley's manager! (No, really!) In many ways this is a book about everyone the actor had any connection to (no matter how loose) but not the actor himself. I skipped whole pages because of this.

It would hold no interest for a Dr Who fan either as the narrative only parrots the plots with no insight into the filming of these shows.

The book ends many pages before the end and includes a run-down of Dr Who episode titles to fill space.

There's even a "glossary of film terms" padding out another 20-odd pages should you wish to know the meanings of such unfathomable terms as "Blockbuster" and "Cast". There is also a listing for "padding" too, but sadly the blurb doesn't include the words "see this book."

There are a few pictures, none of which are of much interest.

In short, don't buy this book.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Hamlet71 on 24 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is not what I would describe as a biography. There is nothing in this book that you can't read for free on any of the great DT and Dr Who fan sites. No new pictures and his childhood amounted to about 2 pages. Mostly re works of articles and interviews that can be found anywhere on the internet. The first chapter is mostly about Kylie the middle of the book is a compendium of interviews made to look like new revelations and the rest is an episode guide to Dr Who. No insight into what makes one of the greatest actors of our age tick. I read the whole thing in 2 hours. Rubbish.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By broadie on 6 Sept. 2008
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If you are a fan of the fabulous David Tennant, then do yourself a favour and avoid this book like the plague!
It's a badly written pile of trash, filled with ridiculous tabloid stories. The only facts in the book have been lifted from David's interviews and website.
Don't waste your money, buy yourself a ticket to see David in the thetare or purchase one of his DVDs instead :)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on 29 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is not an authorised biography (and it takes the author quite a long time to get around to that admission in the acknowledgements page).

If you've kept up with the tabloids and the fan sites there's nothing new in here. My suggestion - wait in hope for the day that Mr Tennant decides to write his own or authorises someone to do it for him.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. N. Stableford on 25 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This an easy to read book, but has numerous glaring errors both factually and typographically, since when did the doctor have an assistant called Katy Manning played by Jo Grant? Could have been so much better. This did not live up to my hopes for it at all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am very disappointed by this book, it has a lot of information about Doctor Who, historical and current, full history of the Daleks but very little about David Tennant. I feel his name has been mis-used to sell the book and I sincerely hope he didn't agree to it. Not recommended if you want the biography of David Tennant - it will tell you nothing.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By CorellianBlue on 25 Sept. 2008
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*******NO STARS**********

I thought this book would be average. I was wrong -- it's extremely poor. It's so bad, I can't believe how appalling it is.

I'm struggling to finish it, mainly by skimming over huge portions of it, and I'm only doing that because I paid good money for it.

Even though it is not an authorised bio, there is nothing original in it at all. The only redeeming features: the cover photo and the catchy title. It's definitely not, as it claims, "THE" biography of David Tennant. It's barely even "A" biography, at that!

As others have noted, the text consists of huge chunks of interviews from the media which are now widely available on the internet. But it gets worse than that. It is so poorly written, it is pathetic. The chapters jump around the place, all out of sequence. Even within the chapters, the paragraphs seemingly leap from one point in time to the next with no logic or reason.

Most of the text consists of a plot summaries of everything David has appeared in. We even get about 5 pages outlining the plot of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! And the segues from LA to Johnny Depp to Colonel Tom Parker defy all explanation.

Then at the end, there is an excuse to pad things out some more with an expansive list of film terms -- of which virtually NONE appear in the text of the book.

And finally, David's filmography right at the end is both incomplete and inaccurate. The least this guy could've done is cut-and-pasted the list from Wikipedia.

All in all, not only the worst bio I've ever read -- perhaps the worst book. I'm so sorry I contributed to this author's retirement fund.
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