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Doctor Who - Episode-by-Episode: Volume 1 - William Hartnell (Doctor Who: Episode-by-Episode) Kindle Edition

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Ray Dexter is an English writer and educator with many freelance credits to his name. His current work is on his 12 Volume 'Doctor Who: Episode-by-Episode' series. He has recently published Volume 6, which unsurprisingly covers the 6th Doctor's era. He has published travelogues and industry specific books too. He hopes to find the time to write the rock n roll novel he's been planning for 5 years, and a humorous guide to all of the UK's motorway service stations: an admittedly niche market!

Ray is very tall and keeps his fingers in many pies. He is an in-demand speaker on educational pedagogy, especially related to the IB Diploma Programme.

He is hard to tie down and writes when he gets the chance. He has two children and you can read about how that came about in The Hungarian Girl Trap!

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I 'borrowed' the Kindle version from the Kindle Lending Library. I'm glad I didn't pay for it - sounds harsh, but here's why.

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.

A 2.5/5
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Terribly amateur book - badly written with bad grammar. I wish I hadn't spent money on it, and will stick to books by Howe/Walker or articles by Andrew Pixley in future.

Won't be getting any more Ray Dexter books.
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Really enjoyed this guide.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e6d64a4) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
HASH(0x9eb6cf60) out of 5 stars Useful but needs improvement 23 Jan. 2014
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This book comments on and reviews every Doctor Who episode during the William Hartnell era (the first Doctor).

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.
HASH(0xa09033a8) out of 5 stars Good reading for Doctor Who fans! 13 Feb. 2013
By Michael Earl Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though the episodes are just actually summarized, the commentary does provide a good overview of each episode, including the ones that no longer are available to be watched, thanks to the BBC's incompetence!
HASH(0xa09035d0) out of 5 stars The first doctor 27 Mar. 2014
By Lil Abner - Published on Amazon.com
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I've seen most of these episodes myself but it was cool to have somebody else's take on the shows.It is also nice to have a book on William Hartnell our first Doctor.
HASH(0xa09034c8) out of 5 stars Very good episode guide 8 July 2013
By Fuzzy Tomato - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first volume in a series of books reviewing the doctor who stories. This feels like a commentary, it's very good and worth the price!
HASH(0xa09036c0) out of 5 stars Four Stars 2 Nov. 2014
By DHammer - Published on Amazon.com
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Had a lot of fun, following along while watching the episodes.
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