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Now On The Big Screen: Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who at the Cinema [Paperback]

Charles Norton
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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd (31 May 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1845830849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845830847
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Dr Who at the Flicks" 25 Jun 2013
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This is a terrific and well researched labour of love. Plenty of notes with factoids accompany the text. Charles Norton tells the story of the 2 60's Aaru Dalek films and all the other attempts to mount a Dr Who film.
There are no photos or pictures (except for the cover illustration) which may put off some, but the text itself is more than good enough to transcend this.

He kicks off with a detailed look at "Dr Who and The Daleks" and "Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD" covering how the deal between the BEEB and Amicus /Aaru was made, the pre-production and making of, plus publicity and box office. Yes some of this is well trod ground (although not as well trod as you might expect, this being the 1st book to look at their making in detail). Stories of how Peter Cushing got cast, how canny BBC Dalek Operator Robert Jewell got himself more cash as mentor/coach to the newer Dalek operators and so on are not new, however there is a lot that is.
I never knew before who the original director or actor cast as Barbara were or that there was a proper cliff hanger ending in the script up until a very late stage which was not to be played for laughs. There is also detail on the influence British censor had on softening the edges of the original story to allow for a family audience friendly certificate.
He also tells us that contrary to popular belief the movie Daleks are around the same size as their TV counterparts.
The movies that never were are covered in detail too, particularly Tom Baker and Ian Marter's idea "Dr Who Meets Scratchman" and the 1987-1994 saga of Greenlight/Daltenreys/Lumiere's attempts to mount a film. The Daltenreys saga made me more sympathetic than I had been before.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I have read many a Doctor Who Book, both offical and unoffical . I have absored more info that is proably healthy. Charles Norton has proably taken in even more Information in regards Doctor who films (both those that made it to the screen and those that havent) .

All that Information is here. Plots, behind the scenes Fiascos, little details of incident that might otherwise get missed. Everything. Including the Kitchen Sink. This is the definitive Book on the Doctor who at the movie (until the next movie make its to screen and an update is on the way) I only hope Charles Norton is able to do the 2nd edition in 2025 .

With so much research and its collections of facts and figures, with some wonderful writing, and a great eye for detail (see chapters discussing teletext, Films and film makers no one knows where they are or what happened to them or thier movies/scripts)

This book is highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in space and time and celluloid 5 July 2013
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As Charles Norton states in his introduction, the news in 2011 that Harry Potter director David Yates was developing a Doctor Who film didn't stir a great deal of interest in many Doctor Who fans. This isn't down to any lack of enthusiasm in the idea of a Doctor Who film, it's more to do with the fact that since the mid 1970's there has rarely been a time that a Doctor Who film hasn't been mooted, by various production companies, all of which have failed to make the transaction from the drawing board to the cinema screen.

Now On The Big Screen not only looks at these various failed attempts, but also at the two times when the Doctor (and the real stars of the films - The Daleks) enjoyed their brief moment of cinema fame.

The story of the two Peter Cushing/Dalek movies made in 1965 and 1966 form the first third of the book. Although the story of their production is well known and the bulk of the interview material is from already published sources and therefore quite familiar, there are still some interesting new facts and material unearthed - particularly the comments from John Trevelyan at the BBFC. In order to ensure that the first Dalek film received a U certificate, the film-makers submitted the script to the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) and asked for their opinions about any areas of the script which might prevent the film getting its U certification. Trevelyan's comments and recommendations give a fascinating insight into what was acceptable and what wasn't in mid 1960's British cinema.

The rest of the book concerns itself with the various film projects that never were. An intriguing one was the Tom Baker and Ian Marter scripted "Doctor Who meets Scratchman" which rumbled on from 1974-1980.
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