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Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2012
There's a good selection of people and story types here, rather than the usual array of unabashed acolytes. Even Michael Grade has something to say. Stories are usually funny, occasionally moving, but never brown nosing.

That's be enough to make this a fine purchase for any Whovian (of any Who era), but what really makes this stand out is that it's an absolute work of art throughout. It's a really gosh darn good looking tome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2012
You might think that a book of 'reminiscences' about Dr Who would be a fairly dull read, but its anything but. The celebrities chosen go beyond just 'I was scared by the maggots in Green Death' to give actual insight or funny anecdotes with varied viewpoints. All of this is topped off with excellent illustrations from Ben Morris. Its a heartwarming trip though the many ways that fans have experienced Who. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2012
Behind the Sofa is a book of short memories and anecdotes about growing up with and being a fan of Doctor Who. It's got celebrities, people that appeared in the show, other people connected to Doctor Who and some people that I didn't really recognise but still shared some great stories.

Whovians will love it and it gives a lovely impression of what being a fan of Doctor Who is like. I imagine many people when reading will be continuously saying "me too!" and getting slightly jealous when someone talks about that one serial that you never managed to see.

It's more directed to fans of the classic series due to the age of most of the contributors but there are plenty of references to the new series too. Who knows, maybe in 40 years time we can have another version with this generation's celebs sharing their memories?

A great read for any Doctor Who fan and proceeds go to a brilliantly worthy cause, Alzheimer's Research UK
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2012
I received this by post yesterday, and have thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of it throughout the last two days There are some great memories in here, from genuine Dr Who fans, and it's wonderfully put together by the editor.

I'd also add that it's for a very worthwhile cause - if you're a Dr Who fan, you really should get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2012
I bought this as a gift for a Whovian of close acquaintance. Not only is it perfect for him but, having initially had a quick flick through I'm now reading it cover to cover. This is the prefect gift for a Dr Who fan. What makes it so great is the breadth of the contributors. Not just people you would kind of expect would want to contribute to a book on Dr Who but many others you may not have pegged as fans. The reminiscences are touchingly personal and contain many an interesting anecdote. Steve Berry has done a fantastic job of marshalling all these contributions into a wonderfully presented book (generously and appropriately illustrated). And it's all for a very good cause.
I'm delighted with this. I can't wait to see the look on the recipient's face at Christmas. That is, if I can bear to give it away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2012
A fantastic, moving, witty collection of anecdotes. It is a fitting tribute to Alzheimer's sufferers and carers. This is the kind of book that needs to be savoured word by word, but can also satisfying enough to be enjoyed repeatedly. 100% of the royalties from the sale of the book go to Alzheimer's Research UK. Find out more here: [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2012
Imagine sharing memories with the actors, writers, celebrities of one of television's greatest programmes.

Now imagine you're helping people who are losing their memories, by buying it.

Beautifully laid out, fascinating insights and a good cause to boot. Buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2012
This is an essential purchase for any Doctor Who fan, perfect for a Christmas present. Entertaining and informative, I enjoyed the memories of 'real' people's experiences of watching my favourite programme and the profits go to a great cause. One for the Santa Claus list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2012
The book contains a healthy mix of celebrities, including many who have worked or appeared in the show during its 49 years. It's a heart-warming read and makes one feel quite nostalgic.

Well worth buying, even more so as it's for charity.
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on 4 January 2014
It takes a determined person to devote four years compiling a book, in which all of the royalties, proceeds and net profit will be donated to Alzheimer's Research UK. Steve Berry is such a person and in meeting, albeit briefly, at a small convention it's easy to see how this most affable chap managed to convince more than 100 celebrities to provide their own recollection of Doctor Who.

With so many contributors, there's bound to be some repetition and a common thread begins to emerge, especially from those whose memories came from a childhood fascination with the show: The now defunct Blackpool Exhibition, which I attended, screamed through, was rushed out off, then wanted to go through the whole experience again. That holiday induced missed episode, long before recording and catch-up, and scrambled memories of nightmarish moments, once seen - never forgotten.

There are some real gems in here: Chris Tarrant's recollection of a madcap Sylvester McCoy, Katy Manning's footloose painting session with Jon Pertwee and Clayton Hickman's account of a down to earth Elisabeth Sladen. Most, if not all of the writers, actors and production staff who have worked on Doctor Who and contributed here share some nugget of interest from the show. Even those that don't reveal any hidden secrets have some lovely stories to tell, Chris Chibnall's being a particular favourite of mine.

For all the obstacles that needed to be overcome, and there were some, Steve Berry and his small team should be rightly proud of this book. A special mention goes to Ben Morris; previous illustrator for the `Production Notes' section of Doctor Who Magazine, whose notable illustrations throughout this book really provide the finishing touch.

Not only a worthy cause, any Doctor Who fan would be happy to have this book on their shelf...
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