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5.0 out of 5 stars Just What the... (Dare I say it?) Doctor Ordered,
This review is from: Running Through Corridors: 1 (Paperback)After having loved those volumes of the About Time series pertaining to the first two decades of DW, I had wished to find something equally absorbing on the subject, and was happy to find it in this. But where those books sometimes read (albeit in a brilliant and hilarious way) as a list of faults, here the authors focus on the the positive - and this they do with considerable insight and obvious love for the show. One of those books you really want to give the authors a hearty "Thank you" for writing.
About Time 1: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who - Seasons 1 to 3 (About Time Series)
About Time 2: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who: 1966-1969, Seasons 4 to 6 (About Time)
About Time 3: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 7 to 11) [2nd Edition]
About Time 4: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 12 to 17) (About Time Series) (About Time; The Unauthorized Guide to Dr. Who (Mad Norwegian Press))
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run to Who,
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This review is from: Running Through Corridors: 1 (Paperback)Rob Shearman is an entertaining writer, as is Toby Hadoke. Their somewhat insane plan to watch all of the episodes of Dr Who (lost or otherwise) right from the very beginning over the space of a year is lovingly chronicled episode per episode in this first volume, which covers the 1960s. Further decades will be covered in two future volumes.
As well as brief descriptions of the episodes watched, the vignettes cover impressions, recollections & occasional everyday flotsam and jetsam in an easy-going style. Unless you're a diehard Who fan, you won't have seen all of the episodes discussed, so probably the best way to approach this book is to read it bit by bit after watching the stories you can get hold of on DVD. You won't necessarily agree with either author, but you should enjoy wallowing in fandom with them.
Roll on the next two volumes...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Past the Production Values,
This review is from: Running Through Corridors: 1 (Paperback)I have just finished reading this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was great to get the positive comments from the two authors, and it is written with gentle humour.
There are a couple of negative points for me.
Firstly the pair comment on the mistake of the production crew having the character of the Doctor referred to as "Doctor Who", and yet this is also a crime (punishable by use of the mind probe if I got my way!) that the authors of this book are guilty of (Robert Shearman states on page 319 "it was the merry contrast of seeing Doctor Who scolding his irresponsible little brother" - the most recent example I have read).
Secondly, the editing of the book is rather poor. There are numerous typos, jumbled up sentences and repeated words. Sometimes the meaning of a sentence is lost until you work out the order it should have been in, or delete the appropriate repeated word. An example from "The War Games" would be "...the writers allow every him to represent every other frightened Tommy..." (Page 317), which should read "...the writers allow him to represent every other frightened Tommy...". This is just the final one I remember, having been read most recently, but such errors crop up through out the book.
I realise that in this review I have concentrated more on the negative aspects of the book (which is at odds with the book itself), but I would still give it 5 out of 5 as it is a great read, just let down a little by poor editing. As with "Doctor Who" itself, it would be a shame to down-grade great writing because of shoddy production values.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. Really enjoyable.,
This review is from: Running Through Corridors: 1 (Paperback)Got this for Christmas. I haven't been able to put it down. Was even waking up early so I could read a bit before getting up! It's a great book to read from cover to cover and to dip into. It's a bit like The Time Team from DWM, but in more depth. The authors are characters. Made me laugh.
Not only do they write about watching (and listening) early DW, but they also talk about they're own memories of being a fan of DW they mention DW news when they were writing their reviews (e.g. Revelation of the Matt Smith!). This book as made me go back and re look at the 60's stories. My aim is to take the journey with them as they write each review.
Really recommend it. I really hope they will be writing the 1970's soon and get that out and then the 80's. (Message to authors: Please hurry up...I want to read more NOW!)
Go on, treat yourself!
(As you can tell, not great at writing reviews!)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And about bloody time!!!,
This review is from: Running Through Corridors: 1 (Paperback)Well its been a long time coming but at last a Doctor who book reviewing the series by the fans for the fans that is, Shock horror, wait for it, actually positive and warm-hearted and comes from a couple of fans that actually seem to like, nay, Love the series. Of course these aren't any ole middle-aged fans but super-fans, of wont of a better phrase. Rob Shearman is of course better known for writing the Season 27 [ yes im old school ] classic DALEK and Toby Hadoke is a professional writer himself not to mention stand up comic and thesp.What they deliver here in this first volume of a three volume opus is superb. I have long despaired of books and publications on Who that basically tear the series to pieces in the pursuit of being clever and looking intellectual, as though the writer[s]-fan[s] feel more comfortable calling themselves fans of the series[ So much better i think than calling it a show]if they feel the've done a hatchet job on almost every story, apart from something lost/wiped over forty years ago which the've never seen and think ineviatably is the series one masterpiece. All that negativity and de-construction is thankfully put to one side by the two authors present and what is presented instead is joyous and uplifting and when reading it reminds the reader why they fell in love with this funny unusual tv series in the first place. The pursuit of the book is for the two writers to watch two episodes of Who a day starting at the very beginning and working there way to the end of the sixties by the end of the book, each episode is viewed afresh with no preconceptions about how they may feel about it and then they both take turns giving there account of it, how they felt it worked, what they enjoyed about it and just occasionaly what they thought didn't work but always done with kindness, love and good humour. If like me you tire of negativity in fandom[ of wont of a better word], then this book is for you, it won't dissapoint and you'll struggle to put it down. Can't wait for volumes two and three!!!.
5.0 out of 5 stars simply a wonderful book,
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This review is from: Running Through Corridors: 1 (Paperback)I adore this title and have returned to it time and again.
It feels like you are siting next to two people who both know more than is healthy about Doctor Who while sharing a lovely pint. This is a journey that you are invited on and will make you dig out your old DVDS to watch along.
If I have a complaint at all is that their seems to be no date for volume 2 and 3 which I am desperate to read.
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Running Through Corridors: 1 by Toby Hadoke (Paperback - 14 Dec 2010)
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