- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (31 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057512945X
- ISBN-13: 978-0575129450
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who Hardcover – 31 Oct 2013
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Over 150 celebrity memories of DOCTOR WHO, on behalf of Alzheimer's Research UK, with a new foreword by Sir Terry Pratchett.
About the Author
Steve Berry is an author and freelance writer who has contributed to a number of magazines, including MAXIM and SCARLET, and has been a guest reviewer for TalkSport's HAWKSBEE AND JACOBS radio show and Panini's DOCTOR WHO magazine. He has also written comedy for TV, newspapers and the internet. He has appeared on countless radio and TV shows talking about his specialist retro subjects: TV, toys, sweets and snacks, including Channel Five's Greatest Moments series, UK Gold's PORRIDGE and DOCTOR WHO weekends, BBC Four's THE HARD SELL and C4's TOP TEN TV and 100 GREATEST TOYS.
Top Customer Reviews
In conclusion then it's a great little book full of some delightful stories and well worth a read
The simple premise - gather memories of Doctor Who from celebrities from the world of its production as well as the wider public eye - allows it to be accessible to more than just the hardcore fan. That said, as an undeniable "Whovian" myself I still found lots in the book that felt fresh and not just a collection of oft-repeated anecdotes. In fact the contribution of (former Executive Producer) Mal Young alone has had more impact on me than any of the many books & articles written about the "wilderness years" of the series between the Sylvester McCoy era and the new Christopher Eccleston show in 2005. (You'll have to buy the book, I'll just quote three words here: "from 1997 onwards".)
There is input here from people close to the show, including past companions and production team members and people from the public eye such as Al Murray, Jonathan Ross and MP Louise Mensch. Everyone has their own anecdote about what the series means to them and it all feels very genuine and the complete opposite of a clichéd TV "talking heads" programme.Read more ›
There are some great stories about the making of Doctor Who or watching particular episodes, but perhaps my favourite involves a young Paul Hartnoll of Orbital's terrifying meeting with a dalek and a beloved children's TV presenter.
It's a really good book to dip in and out of and, particularly as it's for a great cause, would make an excellent gift for any Doctor Who fan.
Decked in a glossy hardcover black finish, the font in bold purple, grey and white, with beautiful illustrations of Doctor Who aliens in little circles, sixteen of them, which formed sort of a right angle depicting that of a sofa, the cover was gorgeous. I opened the book gingerly and the first illustration that greets me is that of the first Doctor. And, of course, there was also that `new book' print smell. From the first word "A", in the Foreword, I was hooked.
Every memory was like a trip down memory lane. I literally saw what was described in the book. It was akin to being told a glorious anecdote by a friend, in a pub, or a café, among other friends, on a beautiful weekend in London.
And, I learnt and discovered many things from the book. Being born in the 1985, I am, as someone aptly puts it in the book, `part of a lost generation'. Try as I might, I find it difficult to remember any distinct memories of Doctor Who as a kid. I must have liked it. My mum says I did and that the Daleks and their `Exterminate' voice used to scare me when I was three. Yet, any image I try to picture feels like an overexposed strip of photo negatives.
And so, the book was godsend. From it, I've learnt that Sylvester McCoy is rather a funny guy, in real life. I've learnt that Weetabix used to have Doctor Who characters as cardboard cut-outs for kids to collect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a fun ,pick it up ,when you have a few minutes to spare kind of book ,if you're a Dr Who fan , and enjoy anecdotes from other fans many connected with the show, you can dip... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2015 by Fay Wrays scream
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. If you are he sort of Doctor Who Fan who enjoys sharing experiences of the show then you will too.
Each person... Read more
This book is a delight, containing over 160 personal memories of `Doctor Who' from companions, other actors, writers, celebrity fans - even the man who axed it ... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2014 by Number13
Got this for my husband for christmas as a last minute pressie and he loves it. I got quite a few different books on dr who this year for him and he says this is the best of all of... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2014 by stokegirl
A real must for Doctor Who fans everywhere and an ideal read for busy people as well as the dedicated ones. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed. Full of humour and memories of one of the great continuing tv series. Well worth money paid and the money is going to a good cause.Published on 12 Jan. 2014 by Emma Dargue