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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Doctor Who - Episode-by-Episode: Volume 1 - William Hartnell (Doctor Who: Episode-by-Episode) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is great in many, many areas: it has a great mix of anecdote, stats and critique; snippets of background information to add texture and context; and short (if sometimes overly in-depth) synopsis of episodes.
But the book isn't as objective or 'fact-based' as its title may lead you to believe; it's not a guide so much as a series of structured blog posts from the perspective of a fan.
Towards the end of the guide in particular there is repeated bashing of the Seventh Doctor's first series. This puts me off reading any other volumes. Yes, critique is useful, but so is objectivity. Out-and-out bias means what I'm going to read will be selective, predictable, and not a true representation of the shows history.
As an 'episode by episode' guide it almost works. It has great summaries (though, again, some veer off into chatter), the inclusion of reviews from other guides is a nice touch (though the author sometimes interjects to criticise them) and for the most part it's well laid out (though there are no headings or formatting within the Kindle version to denote the different parts, thus making it all seem like an endless wall of text.
For a "fans" take on the series it's okay, probably better than okay if your tastes are in sync with the authors.
But if you're looking for an objective, thoughtful and considered guide you're best off looking elsewhere.
Won't be getting any more Ray Dexter books.
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Just listing the episodes and giving a brief synopsis of them is enough for it to get a good review. However, there are some major failings in this book that caused me to knock off a couple stars in my rating.
First of all are the numerous grammar errors that are distracting. He needs better proofreaders and perhaps an editor to review the copy. Next he uses a lot of colloquiums and rhyming slang in his text which is very distracting and sometimes annoying. At the very least he should use standard British English and keep the slang term to an absolute minimum. He needs to consider that his audience is more than just some blokes living in the London area.
He adds a lot of production notes to each serial which is good. I like that and it keeps me interested. However, he needs to improve upon it. Many times his information is lacking or vague and he should do some more research on the episodes. Sometimes his info is in conflict with what I've read elsewhere or whats on the DVD info notes so he needs to back up what he says when it doesn't jive with what others have said (I don't remember specific details but there were a number of times where I read an entry and realize it is in conflict with what I've read elsewhere). I don't expect a comprehensive list of production notes but it would be nice if he had a little more information for each serial.
If this were a first draft of the book I would praise it highly and look forward to a more refined finished product. Unfortunately this IS the finished product and I find it lacking. This doesn't stop me from buying the next volume but I sure hope it has better editing than this one did.