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Doctor Who: The Nth Doctor - An In-depth Study of the Films That Almost Were [Paperback]

Jean-Marc Lofficier
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16 Jan 1997 Doctor Who
Over the last three decades, several film production companies have held the rights to make a
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Television tie-in edition edition (16 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204992
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier are award-winning comic-book writers and translators. They wrote several books about TV series and a French Science Fiction Encyclopedia. They have also written scripts for television series such as The Real Ghostbusters and Duck Tales. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost versions of the Doctor 21 Sep 2011
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
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The nth Doctor is a study of the possible film scripts for productions of Dr Who that never were. The writers were well placed to observe what was happening; indeed they were involved to an extent in some of the later scripts as experts.

Although interesting as a curio, I kept thinking 'so what?' These stories never got made and to me the most interesting element is how themes moved on from the show into the mythology that became the context for the 8th Doctor Movie and also influenced the later TV revival. This book is (in my mind) obsessed with linking back to the mythology to canon-ise the various scripts.

Given that these are all works in progress I question the value of this exercise, though I speak as one whose familiarity with the canon around this time (including the various novels) is very low.

Overall worth a read for completist fans only (who probably bought it when it was new!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Ah yes, I remember it well..." 11 April 1997
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How many times have you wondered "What might have been?" It seems fitting that, of all people, a time traveler should be the focus of such an exploration. In "The Nth Doctor", the reader gains insight into the many different scripts (and variations on same) that might have become the next "Doctor Who" feature.

I came away from this book with a greater understanding of the process of putting a story together and producing it: how opportunities are gained and lost, how a small change in a character's background or motivation can make or break a plot and how a story can be more than the some of its parts but, at the same time, lessened by having too many parts. The only downside was that, by the very nature of the topic, many of the stories were very similar, up to and including identical or near-identical narrative.

Even if you're a budding writer, rather than an avid "Doctor Who" fan, this is a book you should consider reading.
4.0 out of 5 stars A facinating look at what could have been 29 April 2014
By Steven Workman - Published on Amazon.com
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I had known about the attempts to reboot Doctor Who but had little idea of what those reboots would have been like...until now. The Nth Doctor details the various scripts and ideas tossed around during the period when Doctor Who was canceled, some of them very close to the original program, others hardly recognizable as Doctor Who. All were fun and interesting to read.

On the downside, this ebook is plagued with grammatical errors, and the author's attempts to tie each script to Doctor Who canon (if such a word could be used with Doctor Who) were very forced; most of the scripts were not written with continuity in mind being complete reboots. On the whole though, this is a great book for Who enthusiasts.
1.0 out of 5 stars The typesetting is terrible 25 Mar 2013
By Matthew Bracher - Published on Amazon.com
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The content is good, fascinating, and worth reading. That's why I'll probably keep the book.

The typesetting, though, is terrible for three reasons.

First are the footnotes. The table of contents is set up, so I can access any section of the book, but the footnotes are only text (and sometimes not even superscripted). For a while I set a bookmark at the chapter's footnotes, and flipped there and back when I encountered one in the text, but that got tedious. Instead I'm skimming them as an interesting set of asides at the end of each chapter, but that's removed from their purpose. I'm amazed at the publisher's lack of care to make them links.

Second... second is the fact that the book seems to be the result of a less-than-satisfactory text recognition software. I would have assumed otherwise, but terms like "Data-hank", replacing the pronoun "I" with "T", Columbus' ship the "Santa Mana", an Immortality Bullet "encasec" in something else, the uppercase-PI replacing the II in Star Trek II, and Star Trek IV's later description as Star Trek TV are all that I highlighted... I soon lost interest and only highlighted what were especially bad. And this isn't counting the times that text is inconsistently bold when quoting a script.

Third, there are countless paragraph

breaks that occur within

sentences. (Although none quite as grievous as what I'm

echoing here.) Those seem to be every few screens.


So, to the purchaser:

Be clear that you're buying this for the content. And the content is fantastic... it's just a frustrating reading experience.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great look at the WHO that might have been..... 15 Mar 2013
By Ken Bussanmas - Published on Amazon.com
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As most fans of DOCTOR WHO know, two theatrical films starring Peter Cushing as The Doctor were produced and released in the 1960's. What most fans might NOT know are how many times the series has been looked at for a potential leap to the big screen and the level of talent involved over the years. THE NTH DOCTOR is a great resource for those interested in how The Doctor & his companions might have been shown to the world on the big screen.

From completely faithful interpretations led by talent involved with the television series, such as Fourth Doctor Tom Baker's project that was rumored to have even cast Caroline Munro & David McClure as companions to potential 'blockbuster' versions with Hollywood talent like Spielberg & Sylvester Stallone involved, DOCTOR WHO's involvement with the big screen makes for fascinating reading for WHO fans and cinema fans alike.
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