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Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale
Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale
by Russell T. Davies
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Insight Into The Writing Process, 22 Oct 2010
"Try sitting with every other doubt and fear about yourself and everyone, all on your own, with no ending or help or conclusion... At the same time writing can be the most wonderful job in the world."

So said Russell T Davies, during his stint as head writer and showrunner of Doctor Who, the UK's long-running science fiction programme. Now in the more than capable hands of Steven Moffat, the show goes from strength to strength. But no-one can deny Davies' influence in reviving the fortunes of a franchise that - excuse the pun - was nearly lost in time.

Davies' legacy and final days on the series is recounted in The Writer's Tale, a remarkable book that deserves a place in every writer's library. While not an instructional book in the traditional sense (taking the format of a series of e-mails between Davies and editor Benjamin Cook), the contents offer remarkable insight into the writing process.

What makes this book all the more fascinating is that it takes on a 'real-time' sense of urgency as Davies works to deliver the script for 'Voyage Of The Damned' (amongst other projects) in time for shooting. Here he shows his work in the margin, writing scenes then editing and rewriting them while highlighting his reasons. These are punctuated by his own insecurities about the process; the indecision regarding story elements and most valuable of all - a doubt in his abilities and a penchant for procrastination.

It's very much a warts and all affair, but proves that those at the top of their profession can suffer the same stigma as those just beginning their journey. The book is as accessible to fans of the show as well as writers. A glossy, well presented tome that commemorates a much loved series and documents the drama of writing, producing and delivering a palatable experience for a modern audience.

Doctor Who Flight Controlled Tardis
Doctor Who Flight Controlled Tardis
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Design. Less Features?, 10 Oct 2010
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
You've seen the reviews from other buyers expressing their disappointment over the lack of interior lighting, lit windows and 'police box' sign. Having bought my nephew the tenth doctor's police box and seen him play with it, I agree that this is a major setback.

My only other issue is with the sticker representing the inside of the TARDIS - confusing on the eye and doesn't show the central control panel.

This aside, the new design is aesthetically pleasing. Darker hue, new lantern and blackened windows all add to the mystique of this iconic time machine. Fans of the rebranded series will enjoy the product and it's a viable alternative to it's predecessor - especially when you consider it's astronomical hike in price!

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