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I'd give it zero stars if I could
on 29 August 2008
This book is a huge disappointment. Please don't reward the author or the publisher by buying it. I only learned two things I didn't already know about David from it and, given the quality of the writing and the research, I have my doubts as to whether either of those things is true. (To prevent anyone buying the book to find out the two things, here they are: David allegedly nearly died of appendicitis at age 9, and was allegedly beaten up by homophobic bullies when he was in school because they thought he was gay.)
I learned way more about Kylie Minogue, Johnny Depp, the history of the Daleks, and Arthur Eddington than I had any desire to learn. Of course, this so-called author has books out on Kylie and Johnny, so he could pirate his own work to add page count to this pathetic excuse for a biography.
I've learned more about David Tennant by listening to him on commentary tracks than I did from this book. For example: he consistently refers to the folks who are generally known as "extras" as "supporting players" or "supporting cast members." There--I've just given you more insight into his character, morals, ethics, and respect for his fellow cast members than you'll find in all the pages of this book.
The only reason I haven't thrown this book away, given it away, or donated it to the library is the photos. I'm tempted to take a razor blade to the book, lift the color plates and then dispose of the printed parts in one of the aforementioned ways. And this from a book lover who won't even dog-ear pages to mark my place! Does that give you a clue as to how sorry this volume is?
I knew I would regret the purchase before I even got into the text proper. In the front matter is a quote from Voyage of the Damned--and they didn't even get it right. Instead of "I am the Doctor..." it reads, "I am a doctor...." How sad is that? Even the proof readers did a botch job.
Does it need to be said? Don't buy it.
PS: If you want to read something written by David himself, buy a copy of Dads by Gil McNeil and Sarah Brown. David's bit is only two pages, but it's real, unlike this book. And the publishers donate a pound to charity for every copy sold. Much better deal all around.