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3.0 out of 5 stars Flippant But Interesting, 10 Aug. 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Doctor Who (Pocket Essentials TV) (Paperback)
My first thought on reading the introduction was that it was perhaps too flippant, and wondered whether it was to be a serious study or a lampoon. However, the book did immediately come across as a serious guide to the programmes which I can well believe would be of considerable interest to the "fans".
By my reckoning you were 6 when you saw your first episode, of a programme which was made for and watched by children. I doubt your comments reflect the programmes as you first saw them, but rather as you saw them 20 or more years later - as an adult. Would a child have seen "The Face of Evil" as 'A predictable story boringly told'? or "The Creature from the Pit" as 'naff'? or "Time-Flight" as 'utter garbage'? - without watching them I cannot venture an opinion. The book is obviously aimed at adult fans or devotees and perhaps the introduction should have made that clear, though I believe that assumption would be made by anyone buying it...
The only inaccuracy which is apparent to me is in Story 95 under cast, where you show Mandrel (William Simons) and Veet (Adrienne Burgess) - the only occasions where you put the character before the actor's name.
To conclude - I did not find the book hard to read though any catalogue usually palls eventually. On this occasion that was prevented by the observations and verdicts which were very interesting, but perhaps a bit hard on individuals.
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