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Doctor Who - Episode by Episode: Volume 4 - The Tom Baker Years

Doctor Who - Episode by Episode: Volume 4 - The Tom Baker Years [Kindle Edition]

Ray Dexter

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Everybody watches Doctor Who the wrong way. Ever since the widespread availability of video cassette recorders and their subsequently more advanced offspring, fans of the show have been able to watch Doctor Who whenever they want and in whatever order they want. This is not how the show should be watched. It's about an evolving narrative over forty years. This book is the fourth in a series that chronicles, analyses and reviews all of Doctor Who episode-by-episode, as it should be watched. This is Volume Four covering the years 1974 to 1981 when Tom Baker played the Doctor so brilliantly.

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  • Print Length: 331 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A27UNIA
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 4th Doctor Upcaps 19 May 2013
By Joseph D. Williams - Published on
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Like the other three books in the series, this book pays more attention to the descriptions of the stories than a crucial review. This is great because a majority of writers invest their feelings {love or hate} than tell what is actual happening in the tales. The only side notes are when someone new join the series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who from a fan POV 29 April 2013
By Kortick - Published on
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Doctor Who: Episode-By-Episode: Volume 4 - The Tom Baker Years by Ray Dexter is the fourth book in his series of Dr Who episode discussions. I say discussions because that is what they are. These books are more like sitting with a fan of the series and discussing the episodes and dont really deal with the cast lists and locations and the other technical details you can find in the Handbooks or other such publications.

Dexter hits on all the Baker era pros and cons. His observations of how the team of Holmes and Hincliffe as the strongest producer/script editing team ever in the history of Dr.Who I agree with. Also, the decline as Willams and then JNT took over is accurate in my opinion. I enjoyed this book and this series because of what it is: reading about each episode as if you were sitting with a fan of the show and hearing what they like and did not like about each episode. Some of the opinions he has you might agree with, others you may not. But it is an interesting way of approaching a Dr Who retrospective.

If you are looking for technical and other production information, this series is not for you. If you are interested in the views of another fan, to share views on this is a fun series to do this with.
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll like it if you are a Who fan. 16 Feb 2013
By Edward J. Misczak - Published on
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I've really enjoyed the books by Ray Dexter reviewing every Doctor Who episode made. He has some good insights into the series so far.
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic part 4 23 Dec 2012
By Tetleylee - Published on
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Having greatly enjoyed the first three volumes of Ray Dexters mammoth overview of Doctor Who, episode by episode, I was really looking forward to reading the fourth installment in the series, not the least because the Tom Baker era of the show is when I started watching Who and Tom and his tenure remain my favourite time for the programme. I wasn't to be disappointed. Ray Dexter casts his sceptical, scientific eye over 7 years of episodes and episodic carrying on with trademark wit and perception, not afraid to shy away from criticising the excesses and antics of this era and offering well eraned praise where it is due. I agree with much of what the author offers here, how the show reached an astonishing peak of quality and consistency during Tom Bakers early years on the show, under the gothic stewardship of the Lennon/McCartney like team of Hinchcliffe and Holmes, before sliding into silliness and slapstick under Graham Williams watch and then rallying a little at the end as John Nathan-Turner and Christopher Bidmead tried to steer the series back to its more serious roots. Marred only a little by typos, editing and formatting errors, Volume 4 of the Ray Dexter anthology avoids the corridor of cliches and remains, much like the era of the programme it is reviewing, a true fan's delight.
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