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Doctor Who: The Shooting Scripts [Hardcover]

Russell T Davies
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13 Oct 2005 DOCTOR WHO (Book 133)

On the 26th of March 2005, Doctor Who returned to our screens after an absence of 16 years, with a new Doctor, a new assistant and thirteen thrilling new adventures. This book collects together the entire shooting scripts for the first series. Seven of the scripts are by Russell T Davies, with the remainder by Steven Moffat, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss. Each story contains the essential ingredients of time travel, adventure, and the mixing of the ordinary with the fantastical that have always characterized the series, while at the same time being thoroughly in tune with contemporary culture and society. This is a Doctor Who for an age defined by irony, technology and celebrity, and the shadow cast by 9/11. It is also cinematic, with fast cutting and special effects that will satisfy viewers brought up on contemporary film and television sci-fi. The shooting scripts give a unique insight into how the first series was visualized and acted. Alongside the exciting action sequences and dialogue are hints about the characters' emotions, and evocations of the settings in which their adventures take place.

Pacey, atmospheric and thoroughly absorbing, these scripts practically read like novels. Each of the scripts is illustrated with full-colour screen grabs, ensuring the book appeals to broad audience. Introductions by the writers explain the inspirations for the first series and the fascinating process of creating a Doctor Who script. As the one book that ties directly into the first series, this is a must-have self-purchase or gift for all Doctor Who fans.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; SECOND PRINTING edition (13 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486411
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All the shooting scripts from the first series of the revamped Doctor Who - the only season that starred the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston

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Russell T Davies is one of the UK's foremost writers of television drama, creating groundbreaking shows such as Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose and The Second Coming. He has been the Head Writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who since it returned to the BBC in 2005 and has written many of the new series' most memorable episodes. He was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to drama. He divides his time between Cardiff and Manchester.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best popular TV writing ever 9 Aug 2007
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Russell Davies' regenerated Dr Who has been a triumph not only of nostalgia but of new beginnings.

Not content with merely bringing the Time Lord back to the small screen with a big budget, Davies sidestepped the obvious error and made sure that the scripts outshone the CGI at every turn. Delivered by a superb ensemble cast, headed up in series 1 by Christopher Eccleston as a stark loner plagued by survivor guilt, the new episodes were miracles of economic but stylish drama.

Devoid of sentiment but packed with emotion, they scared us rigid, built characters we cared about and still found time to take apart the vanities of 21st century culture - from reality TV and makeover shows to the Blair regime's paranoid obsessions with identity and security.

Here's hoping the BBC will publish the scripts from the next two series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money! 6 April 2011
By Harriet
This book was massive and so excellent value for money! (I bought new at 8). It included all the scripts of series one clearly laid out. The stories in Doctor Who are amazing! I am a huge fan and would recommend this to any Doctor Who fan - even if you aren't a massive fan but still watch it. I really hope that at some point they'll release books for the other series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A new Doctor 22 Nov 2005
By A Customer
This book is a "must have" for any DOCTOR WHO fan. The scripts are well written, with attention given to plot and character development. Not quite the Doctor(s) from the classic series, this new Who works very well in the 21st century. With over 1,000 stills, this book is a great companion & introduction to the new series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look 19 Feb 2014
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It's good...I like it. It's interesting to see how the script translated across to TV. Only problem is that when I received the book the spine was torn. But as of the book itself if you are a die hard fan of the first series I recommend you check this book out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 4 Nov 2013
By Mark S
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As a budding scriptwriter I found this book very helpful. As a Dr Who fan it was a pleasure to read too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any Dr Who Fans 8 Sep 2013
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Again purchased for my daughter , who needless to say is an avid Dr Who fan . This is ideal as it is where she started her interest in the Dr Who phenomenon with Rose and the Dr . I have pleased her once again .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good source book for study 15 Aug 2013
By sofo67
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Bought for my grand-daughter who is writing an extended essay on the changing characters of Dr. Who. She is finding these scripts a very useful source of information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 31 May 2013
By Lauren
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This book is absolutely brilliant. A lot bigger then expected! about 511 glossy pages full of the scripts from series 1 of Doctor Who. Each page also has little screenshots of the scene that your reading, which helps with visualization of the scene and the episode. Before each episode script, there is a chapter point with a foreward from the writer. This book is so interesting and gives you a real insight to how the show is put together. I recommend this to any Doctor Who fan. Well worth the money, Amazon gives you a great discount. It would be great if they could create ones for the other series' as well, however after all this time it seems unlikely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, absolutely fantastic
I have had this book out of the library on a number of occasions, and I still want my own copy. The book, as the title explains, contains a form of the scripts for all episodes of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Shipping took a while, but it was worth it~!
The book's in amazing condition, exactly what I was looking for, and -- and I probably just completely missed what kind of book it was -- it's a Hardcover! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lali R
5.0 out of 5 stars Shooting Who
The script of the launch of the new series back in '05 from beginning to end, with the autons to the classic dalek episode. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Andrew50
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best Doctor Who Book Ever
No hyperbole. The 5 star reviews are no exaggeration. A great big chunky tome with all 13 episodes of the 2005 series of Doctor Who in a very readable screenplay form. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2011 by Amon Avis
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Doctor who fan
I remember getting this for Christmas five years ago and spending a good few hours reading through it and I must say it is absolutely brilliant. Read more
Published on 18 April 2010 by Lauren Scorah
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Shoot Scripts
I really enjoyed this book as the scripts had extar bits in that were not on the show. I would reconnend any Doctor Who Fan to buy this book.
Published on 22 May 2009 by Mrs. Mary Ridden
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