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  • 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 (65 customer reviews)
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Book Description

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.


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This is arguably one of the best Doctor Who books that has been published in recent years: a warm-hearted celebration of the series and why its fans love it so much. Filled with over one hundred recollections by celebrities - the celebrity angle rarely matters hugely, they could in many cases be written by any enthusiastic fan - it is an absorbing and fascinating read. There is a little repetition in places, for example quite a few of the people visited the Doctor Who exhibition in Blackpool as children - I wish I had! But generally the book is filled with variety, occasionally memories from adulthood, more usually childhood recollections. For anyone who has fallen in love with Doctor Who, particularly as a child, new series or classic, this is a must read. And as a bonus the book is raising money for Alzheimer's research.
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I was lucky enough to hear about Steve Berry's ambitious "Behind the Sofa" project via Twitter earlier in the year. It sounded like a great idea, so I became one of the pre-orders that helped to fund the book's creation. The journey to completion was fascinating to watch and it was great to feel involved, albeit vicariously, through Steve's Twitter updates (as well as those of the brilliant illustrator Ben Morris.) Along the way, obstacles such as PayPal blocking the funding were overcome and today the finished book is in my hands at last. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely!

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.
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This book, which raises money for Alzheimer's Research, contains interesting and often very funny memories about Doctor Who. There's a really good mix of people involved, from celebrities like Charlie Brooker, Stephen Merchant and Jonathan Ross to former companions, people who worked on the series and even Michael Grade, who cancelled the original run of the programme in the late 1980s.

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.
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If you've never picked up a Doctor Who book before, and you decide to one day, `Behind the Sofa - Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who', would be the one! From the first moment the book laid on the palms of my hands, to the moment it was finally closed at page 200, every word, moment and design, even smell was savoured.

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.
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