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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale (Hardcover)At the risk of setting myself up to be shouted down by all the millions of RTD fans out there... I hated this. Doctor Who itself has become very smug and cliquey over the past couple of years, and this book is much the same. There isn't a shred of modesty here, which becomes very wearing after a while - how many times can RTD say how fantastic, marvellous and wonderful he, the show and its stars are in the space of just a few hundred pages? And Benjamin Cook just comes across as a naive young boy so desperate to be part of his favourite TV show that he hangs adoringly off every word his mentor utters. What's more, I'm sure Russell Tovey must be cringing at the constant lecherous references to his backside. Not what the show's young fans should be reading, is it?
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2009 17:18:50 BDT
Tristan Squire says:
Do you think that the design, tone and sheer size of this tome make it 'what the show's young fans should be reading'? Nope - the kiddies have the many, many fiction and non-fiction books that are available. This is (obviously so) for teens and above. I can't imagine many 8 year-olds wanting to attempt to read this much text, or understanding much of it.
Posted on 22 Nov 2009 21:34:25 GMT
DO you really think the show's 'young fans' are going to be reading this in the first place? It's clearly aimed at the adult fans. It's a show that appeals to families, kids and grown-ups - get over it!
Posted on 18 Dec 2009 09:11:59 GMT
A. Holliday says:
If you think RTD lays on the smug self-congratulation with a trowel, try sitting through anything with Phil Collinson rambling on about how much he 'really, really, really (trulyruly?) loves how wonderful, marvelous, superb, beautiful and brilliant' everything and everyone involved in the show is/was! With all the self-congratulating awe in each others' presence going on it's surprising they managed to film anything at all...
Posted on 14 Jan 2010 12:28:20 GMT
S. Lewis says:
Now there's useful....someone with so much courage in their 'opinion' that they haven't even got the guts to put their name to it. Next.......
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2012 12:12:27 GMT
Pen Ultimate says:
I agree that Dr Who has become smug and cliquey, also sloppy, predictable and lazily written. RTD could have perhaps developed into a decent writer if he'd been working in the US and received more feed-back and criticism. But here, he's just told that everything he does is brilliant, even when it's full of inconsistencies, plot faults and personal agendas.
If you want an example of how lazy his writing is just look at the first page of this book. He starts by saying he has the following conversation 5 or 6 times a week: cab driver asks him what he does; he says he works on Dr Who; cab driver says, what, as one of the monsters? I suspect that in fact he's never even once had this conversation with a cab driver. Cab drivers may be down to earth but they're not going to insult the customer. You may think this is nit-picking but I think it's actually a telling example of how contrived his writing is. He then goes on to say that next and 'every time' he's asked where he gets his ideas from? Again, I suspect he's actually rarely been asked this at all but it's cliché-easy to pretend so. And his answer? 'From the Ideas Shop in Abergavenny'. Stolen from Neil Gaiman - 'From a little ideas shop in Bognor Regis' - and again probably something he's never actually said.
Basically, you can't trust someone who cheats like this on the very first page of a book about writing. It shows him to be a politician, selling himself as a contrivance rather than simply telling the truth.
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