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Time & Space Visualiser: The story and history of Doctor Who as data visualisations [Paperback]

Paul Smith
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Book Description

3 May 2013
DOCTOR WHO AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE! Approaching its 50th anniversary, Doctor Who is one of the longest running television programmes in the world. And probably no other is as well documented. Innumerable books and websites have been written charting the production, broadcast and universe of Doctor Who. But these text sources only give the facts and figures, they don't present the information in a visual form that can be more easily interpreted. TIME & SPACE VISUALISER presents a wealth of knowledge about the programme as data visualisations, using eye-catching graphics to explore the contributions of the people who made the series, to analyse the places and people encountered by the Doctor within the show, to understand its transmission patterns and audience, and to examine how the programme has extended beyond broadcast into print and home media. With analysis of the data and its context, these visualisations provide a whole new way of looking at both the fact and fiction of a television series. TIME & SPACE VISUALISER - A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON THE STORY AND HISTORY OF DOCTOR WHO 120 pages, full colour; Softcover; Designed and written by Paul Smith; Published by Wonderful Books

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Wonderful Books; 1 edition (3 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957606206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957606203
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Smith is a graphic designer and production editor with more than 20 years’ experience in the business press. Much of his work has involved presenting technical information and data in a clear fashion for easy understanding by the readership, but this is the first time he has applied those techniques to the facts and fiction of the BBC television series 'Doctor Who'. As well as producing his own magazines on the subject, Smith designed and edited 'The Barry Newbery Signature Collection' (Telos Publishing, 2012) and is working on a second title featuring the photo collection of fellow BBC designer Raymond P Cusick. 'Time & Space Visualiser' is his first self-originated and commercially available book.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but a little too overpriced 30 May 2013
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This book does an excellent job and presenting visuals on Doctor Who it really does do it proud. The diagrams are easy to follow and give really interesting information which any fan of Doctor Who would love, such as myself.

However, the only problem I had, which I'm sure wouldn't be a surprise to you but I do think it is a bit overpriced and this actually gave me doubts when I was first contemplated on buying it. But I guess Doctor Who got the better of me and I couldn't resist. I'm not sure if I would say it is definitely worth 24.95, but it certainly is a beautiful representation in a visual and informational aspect of Doctor Who it really is stunning. This is why I only gave it 4 stars, because of the price weighing it down. Although, if we forgot about the price and just primarily focused on the product and its context then I would certainly give it a 5 star rating.

Although, if you are a Doctor Who fan then I do believe you could forgive your self for buying this product (concerning the price) as it really does provide rich detailed information across the whole series of Doctor Who.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea. Great Book. Great Expense ?? 2 Aug 2013
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I like lists. I like reading them and I like making them. I like graphs and pie charts and flow charts. This book interprets pretty much all Who related information and sets each topic out in a clever visual. For example the authors of the Target novelisations are set out as book volumes on a shelf. Terreance Dicks has a whopping Stephen King sized volume to account for his 65 novelisations. So I love this book.

There are many, many more with a healthy amount of text to accompany each diagram. Highly recommended if you are extremely nerdish.

However at 22.45 (plus varying prices) it is steep for what you get. It's paperback and looks remarkably thin (although it has a large page count) My first impression was "Is that it?". With this kind of price I would have at least expected hardback. I don't mind paying over the odds but it has to look like it justifies the cost. (Nearer 15 max in my opinion)

I expect the high price is because it's from a little known publisher (apologies to Wonderful Books if you are a Super-Chain)

HOWEVER. IT IS A GREAT BOOK. Perhaps wait until the price drops.

Loses a star for the price
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4.0 out of 5 stars A joy for fans 14 April 2014
By Norwin!
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if you're a long-term fan of Doctor Who, your are bound to enjoy this. A book of trivia, but presented as graphs and diagrams rather than lists and essays. Though I do have to admit, my copy was quite badly printed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A painstaking labour of love and a very fun book 31 Oct 2013
By Gav
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I struggle to find a reason to look at new Doctor Who non-fiction books because it feels like each claims to be more definitive than the last, and I'm always sceptical about whether they'll bring to light any more information than would't be found in Doctor Who Magazine or in the DVD Extras. It's nice to find a book which is not only different but also on my wavelength. If you're a visual learner like me, or you like lists, this will be right up your street. It presents lots of information in ways which are amusing and thought-provoking. I like the fact this book has a sense of humour about the trivial nature of the subject, but it doesn't compromise on the quality of the work. My brain boggles and the amount of time and effort which must have gone into collating the data, even before the visuals themselves are put together. Many graphics are amusing, a few are actually useful reference, and some are genuinely fascinating. For example, I love the graph whose X and Y axes are a story's fan popularity versus the public's view. It's interesting to see which episodes were loved by everyone, or just one of the two camps. It's not a book you'd read from cover to cover, but it's one you'll never tire of picking up at random.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 14 Aug 2013
By B. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
I usually hate these types of book, but the people behind Time Space Visualiser have put some real thought into the product. This isn't the kind of book you read in one sitting. It's the kind of book you flip through, going off on tangents for hour after hour. Well worth the purchase!
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