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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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