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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lives and Times of the Doctor, 4 Dec 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Doctor - His Lives and Times (Dr Who) (Hardcover)
Of course given the 50th anniversary books like this are going to keep popping out of the woodwork, and generally I'm slightly sceptical as to their value or veracity - but in this case this book definitely lives up to what a dedicated fan of the good Doctor would want to read, and see. Published by the BBC, it ought on that basis alone to offer information and photos and other items of interest that may not even be available to authors in other circumstances.

The book contains absolutely loads of interesting snippets - including news releases and recollections, but also information from the friends and foes that the Doctor has met over all the years, reports on Cybermen activity, newspaper clippings of the finding of Dodo, a cover of a book written by Sarah Jane Smith - absolutely loads of things like this. Each Doctor has his own section; his story is told by someone who knew him, for example Fenric tells of the Seventh Doctor, Sarah Jane and K9 of the Fourth Doctor, Victoria of the Second Doctor. There are mementors from their `time' such as `newspaper clippings' of events. We even get to read the Doctor's Academy report for the class of 92, where he failed driving - "It will be a sorry day for the universe if he ever gets his hands on a dematerialisation circuit." It seems Cardinal Borusa was not overly impressed.

Each section then continues with the actor playing the Doctor telling of their role, and others of the time telling of that Doctor's era - producers, writers, actors etc. There are also heaps of photos from the series. Really, this book is loaded with things to read, things to see, and things to chuckle over and remember. Great stuff.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2013 08:35:32 GMT
Timelord007 says:
Ive brought this book & thought it exellent value for money as is the Vault by Marcus Hearn.

Great review.

Brought Blu Ray player yesterday as fed up with extended cuts of movies and extras not appearing on dvd anymore.

Brought World War Z & Wolverine extended, They so much better films extended.

Just brought Man of Steel favourite movie of the year.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2013 17:50:50 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007 - I thought this was really good.

I'm reading The Vault at the moment; it's one of those books I think you read a bit at a time and savour each page, there's so much to look at and read. Really enjoying it so far.

Yes, I need to update my home theatre stuff, but can't spend the $$ at the moment. Blu Ray definitely better but I get annoyed that you have to keep buying the biggest and latest all the time just to keep up with what the industry wants you to have.

I haven't seen Man of Steel. Not sure about this Ben Affleck casting for the new movie, doesn't seem right at all. Now Chris Hemsworth as Thor, that's just perfect!
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