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Who Goes There [Kindle Edition]

Nick Griffiths
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Highly evocative... fascinating --The Doctor Who Magazine

Good-humoured and endearing --SFX magazine

You'll be drooling with nostalgia --kathika.com

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Who Goes There; is the sequel to Nick's hugely popular Doctor Who memoir, Dalek I Loved You (Gollancz, 2007 & 2008). It's a travel book with Doctor Who at its core. Nick travels England and Wales, seeking locations used in the show, both Classic (pre-relaunch) and New. Being an odd kind of show, its locations too are odd. This is no glamorous trip. Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, anyone? A flooded china clay pit in Cornwall? As he travels, so Nick discovers another side to our well-trodden country, which is no less evocative. Then he goes to the pub. As in Dalek I Loved You, the travel writing is backed up by Nick's childhood reminiscences and contemporary musings. A companion website offers photographs from the trip, a Google map of the locations and details of the nearest pub. In this innovative way, readers are invited to follow in his footsteps. Scariest of all, given two other books in the pipeline (both humour books, for Arcturus Publishing), Nick has just 21 days in which to write it. Who Goes There isn't just for Who fans - it's for anyone who fancies a trip off the beaten path. And a very funny book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press; First edition (19 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037B6QMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nick Griffiths is the author of two Doctor Who-based books: 70s/80s memoir, Dalek I Loved You, and Who Goes There, in which he travels around odd parts of Britain, tracking down former show locations, including some steps, several quarries and a very large sandpit. He also wrote the comic travelogues, In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose, and its sequel, Looking for Mrs Dextrose. One day he will conclude the Dextrose trilogy.
His newest book, with oft-times collaborator, Beano/Marvel/DC cartoonist David Mostyn, is The Cartoon A-Z of Vampires. Other titles will follow in the Cartoon A-Z series.
Nick's burning ambition is to go to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat, however he is a bit worried about pirates off the coast of Somalia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOtastic! 29 April 2010
By AdWho
Format:Paperback
A fantasic read. A book for Who fan's new and old. I can only hope Nick goes on a second locations adventure because this book really did leave me wanting more. It is full of humour (kids beware some bad language!) and is at times very touching. Bring on "fact pack 4!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential purchase for Who fans 1 Mar 2009
By Roy WD
Format:Paperback
A funny and fast paced account of the authors attempts to hunt down and visit some Who locations. This in spite of being derailed by a liking for real cider, erratic mapreading, and occasionally recalcitrant family members. Recommended read for Who fans everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is Nick Griffiths the next Stuart Maconie? 23 Dec 2012
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I read this book after Nick Griffiths previous book on Dr. Who. Whereas the first was part autobiography, this follow up is more travel with common thread, and put me in mind of Stuart Maconie`s terrific volumes.

This book is both personal and thought provoking with the Dr. Who thread almost as a hanger upon which the author displays his procrastinations.

Yet for the fan of the series, it is also both informative and stimulating. And with the hyperlinks scattered liberally throughout, the book should prove a useful starting point for further exploration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wear your anorak with pride!" 25 Feb 2009
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A worthy follow up to Dalek I Loved You, Nick Griffiths has once again written a hugely enjoyable memoir focused around his love of Doctor Who.

There is a personal journey charted through the book which was written during a period of great change as Nick's wife becomes pregnant and within a cruely short span of time his mother passes away. Nick is on a quest to visit a number of iconic locations from The Police Box Show such as Stargroves Mansion (from Pyramids of Mars and Image of the Fendahl), Betchworth Quarry (Genesis of the Daleks/Deadly Assasin) and Aldbourne (from "The Daemons"), plus many more.

He talks about how he found the locations, looks for iconic images and specific places where a particular shot might have been filmed and considers the changes in the decades since Who went there. He is funny, charming and occasionally informative with the odd spoucon of historical information on the place he's visiting and a great interest in cider!

He revisits the story on video or DVD before the trip and shares the occasional observation about the old show from his son a confirmed new Who fan. The stories considered are mostly from classic Who with a finale dedicated to a few stories from the new version.

The locations come alive much more than in drier books like "Travels Without the Tardis" or magazine location features. Recommended for classic who fans of the '70's vintage, there are details within the book of a companion website with photos which is well worth a look.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but all went a bit Bonnie Langford 27 Nov 2013
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Nick, you're supposed to be a feverish, dribbling, Doctor Who nerd, so saying that you can't remember why Pertwee's Doctor was stuck on earth during one of your location visits is blasphemy (and would have taken five seconds to look up on Wikipedia).
And the fact you didn't even bother to look at the direction-pointing Dungeness DVD extras before visiting the Axon site, then admitting to it at the end of the chapter, too (when you weren't even sure of being in any of the right places). Well, you just deserve to be EXTERMINATED!!!!!!!
I was looking forward to reading this book, which really was a massive opportunity for the writer, but he was obviously never that serious about the book materialising into our space and time, which is blatantly clear from the large time gap between chapters.
There are some smile-raising incidents, but there are unforgivable acts of laziness on the writer's part, which are a complete turn-off for a reader trying to engage with the author.
And the continued reference to pictures in the book, which can only been seen on a website was more annoying than Adric. The publishers should have shaken the giant Menoptra-sized moths from their wallets and put pictures in the book. Great idea, poor effort!
P.S. Did you write a book called 'Dalek I Loved You'? You never mentioned it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read for Whovians 20 April 2013
By EJS
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This is an interesting book about the author's trips to various Dr. Who locations from both the current and the classic series. It is well written and an enjoyable read. This is an excellent book that gives background information on all the locations as well as interesting facts about their relation to Dr. Who. Whilst definately being a book for the committed fan, this also gives a good all-round view of some less well known locations. I read the digital version and there is a link to the photos on his website which is useful, as photos are usually something you miss out on with older versions of e-readers like mine.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 11 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
Who Goes There charts Nick's adventures around the UK in search of Doctor Who filming locations old and new. Armed with his 'fact packs' and his undying love of the show, Nick sets off to stand in the very spots where Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee and later David Tennant stood and held court as the Doctor.
Accompanying Nick on his bonkers tours are his beloved friends and family (I love them all!), aiding and abetting him as he soaks in the atmosphere of hallowed Who ground and occasionally trespasses to get to the epicentre of Wholand (he doesn't recommend that we the readers do this, if only for the nettle stings around the ankles!)
As an added bonus, we get to see the pictures taken on Nick's jaunts online (the scared at Autons face a particular fave of mine!). This adds a lovely touch and it's hard not to feel you've been there too. (I have, in some cases, for I am as sad as Nick!)
Running through the book of japes are some poignant moments that Nick shares about his family, and I must admit to shedding some tears of sadness alongside those of joy and hilarity.
Who Goes there ticks all the right boxes for me. It's definitely fuelled my desire to go to more Dr Who locations.
You don't have to be a Who nutter to thoroughly enjoy this book, but it helps!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, lazy writing
There's a great book to be written about Dr Who filming locations. This isn't it. Nick Griffiths (as he tells us many times) is a freelance journalist, among other things... Read more
Published 23 months ago by N. Matthews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, average execution
This is certainly a great idea for a book; particularly at a time when gently humourous travel writing is on the up. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best alternative Who books available.
Quite simply, one of the best Doctor Who books available. The author wanders the English landscape, looking for Doctor Who film locations, with mixed results; sometimes funny,... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2010 by Dark Paths
5.0 out of 5 stars Reverse the Polarity
I must absolutely recommend this book, it's funny, it's sad, it's fasinating. As someone who also tours the countryside (with my ever patient wife) looking for Dr Who and any other... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2009 by M. Gibb
2.0 out of 5 stars What a wasted opportunity...
This book was given to me as a gift by someone who knew what a fan of Doctor Who I am.

I did not recognise the author's name, although I am sure I have read some of his... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2009 by Jezza
5.0 out of 5 stars We Seek Who Here and There
Following a Dr Who fanatic as he travels here, there and everywhere seeking film locations (not just the location, but specifics) is an intriguing introduction to a book. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2008 by Mr. M. R. Pugh
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