Dalek I Loved You (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 10 Apr 2008
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"Griffiths does have a story and he does it in a very amusing manner. Dalek I Loved You is more than just a tribute to a sci-fi icon., it is also a moving and charming memoir which brought the 1970s and 1980s flooding back to me." (Darryl Armitage NEWS LETTER (N. Ireland))
¿Even if you¿re not a real Whovian, there¿s plenty to keep you entertained as it¿s packed with warm nostalgia, amusing anecdotes, observational humour and embarrassing moments.¿ (Book of the Month) (BOYS TOYS)
Nick Hornby was an Arsenal fan, John O'Farrell was a Labour supporter, Nick Griffiths is a Doctor Who fan . . .See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Nick Griffiths' Arsenal equivalent is Doctor Who, but it doesn't really seem to be an obsession; more something he quite likes, his enthusiasm ebbing and flowing. And later he gets a chance to interview a lot of the people involved in the show, which is nice. But to pad it out, we learn about his fondness for the Canadian prog band Rush, his lousy A-level results, his desire to build a fruit machine. He just writes these things down and hopes we care, without any real attempt at self-analysis, or any desire to make himself or his hobbies or his relationships or his work really matter to us.
Moreover, deprived of the editorial support of the Radio Times (his regular employer), there are rather more clunky errors than one might hope for. So we've got an uninteresting person who is a bit interested in something, but hasn't got the talent to write about it. He claims to loathe Adric (the whining, spoddy companion to the Fifth Doctor) but that's who he most reminds me of. And as his final credits run, there will be no music.
Readers who love Dr Who and are of the same age will find lots to smile and chuckle at, while they are sat on the train or wherever with knowing smiles. The acid test of any book that gives an author's subjective opinion of a Dr Who story is do you want to keep reading when he disses your favourites and in my case the answer was yes.
Readers may find as they did that they compare themselves to Nick Griffiths on the fabled "Anorak Scale" e.g. he will clearly pay considerably more for a piece of Dr Who merchandise than me and it is in these key areas that spell out what kind of a fan the author is, where his humour makes it such an ejoyable read. Parts such as where he deals with friends reaction to a show they hold in much less regard and attempts to buy Dr Who videos from a paper where he makes it sound almost shady are a treat.
If you are 35 plus then you'll find plenty to enjoy especially if you've already done the big 4. Much younger and you won't get enough of the references (not just to The Police Box Show but to events at the time) to get anything out of it.
I definitely think my mate Alastair should be made to read it and I don't say that lightly!
Nick Jones has the drop on his competitors though because, besides the fact that he can tell a story really well, he worked for the Radio Times when Russell T Davies successfully regenerated the show in 2005. So as well as stories of hiding behind the sofa when the Daleks were on, Jones can drop in stories about mingling with David Tennant, Billie Piper and the late, lovely Elizabeth Sladen.
But of course the heart of this book is the story of an English childhood at a time when English childhoods had a little bit of magic (after the war and before happyslapping). We see a child's wonder at the new world before him while Pertwee is rocking the Tardis; the emerging personality of pre-pubesence as Tom Baker dragged his massive scarf around space and time; the agonising nihilism of both adolescence and having to sit through Bonnie Langford as a companion.
It's all here and it's told with spirit and enormous affection. A bit like one of those I Love The 70s shows, except in book form and without the repeated urge to punch Peter Kay.
(reposted from El Dink - eBook Bargain Bin)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend of mine, knowing I’m a “Doctor Who” fan, recommended this to me as being very funny. Indeed, it’s kind of funny that there is even the option to buy a book such as this. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
Not too geeky, more the reminiscences of Nick Griffiths with a Who-related theme. Being a similar age to the author - so we have the same "My Doctor" - I found it amusing... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rob in the Hood
It's not so much about Doctor Who, more the life and times of an ordinary person framed in the nostalgia of Doctor Who. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2014 by harper920
If your a middle aged guy, this is for you ! Forget the Dr Who bit, if you grew up in the 60's / 70's / 80's you will laugh and cry at the memories this book will bring back ! Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2014 by kim
Wonderful. A mix of modern social history, personal memories and of course the Doctor Who timeline. You can't help but like Nick Griffiths and his view of the world. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2014 by J. Elliott
A great read and an insight into what it meant to be a Doctor Who fan as a child of the 70s (and beyond! Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2013 by Mr Craig Wilkinson
loved the book lots of memories brought back to lifei would recommend this for any child of the 60's and 70'sPublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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