The Diary of a Dr Who Addict Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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About the Author
Paul Magrs was born in 1969 in the North East of England. He has written numerous novels and short stories for adults, teens, children and "Doctor Who" fans. He teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Top Customer Reviews
It's not just the fine crafted characters and the touching nature of the story - but it's the way Paul Magrs has encapsulated the thoughts and behaviour of The Fan.
What fascinates me about the book is the way a person who was a teen in the 1980s can recall their own feelings from the experiences of David, about a new season starting or a new Doctor, and yet, because of the success of the modern series, today's teenagers can see their own feelings mirrored in it too.
The main appeal for me, though, is all the nuances of fan behaviour present in the character of David that read like a fictionalised version of my own past. Playing the Geoff Love and His Orchestra arrangement of the theme tune relentlessly, recording episodes off-air onto audio tapes and listening to them as radio plays, catching up with the older stories via the novelisations, visiting the Doctor Who Exhibition in Blackpool, and thinking about the show virtually all the time - and being very out of synch with one's peers and the world at large.
I'm so glad I bought The Diary of a Dr Who Addict. While it is fictional, I can see much of it has been drawn from the author's own adolescence. I found it by turns hilarious and deeply touching.
I couldn't put it down.
It is essentially a "coming of age" tale, told in an interesting way, and deals with the way that the central character begins to find out who he is in this world.
One could say that regeneration, is a marvellous metaphor for becoming a teenager, as we see friends who were bound together by the tv show, starting to drift apart, as one is clearly maturing at a faster rate, and becoming more interested in getting girls, and listening to music, than watching Doctor Who on TV, or reading the Target books that were available at the time.
This books works on many levels. For the teenage audience that it is aimed at, there are some interesting and quirky historic references that they will find interesting; such as taping the audio from the tv to a cassette recorder, the thrill of getting a top-loading VHS video recorder and being able to record one of the 4 channels for the first time etc... For those of us of a certain age, its like a walk down memory lane!
A nice easy and entertaining read. It's a shame it ended when it did, as I would love to follow the characters journey to adulthood. Hopefully another book will continue that journey!
This isn't a book about growing up in the nostalgia show approved 80s, where everyone had at some point a Chopper, listened to the New Romantics and ate Spangles. This is the absolute opposite of that, exposing it as a communal illusion of grown-ups trying to refit their adolescence as cool. This is growing up as experienced by the kids who didn't quite fit in, who didn't grow up quite as quickly as everyone else (in every way), who didn't really want to put aside childish things. It understands how growing up can be the most difficult thing in the world, especially if you don't conform to society's conventions. And it adds verisimilitude by understanding how sometimes trivial things that don't matter can be the most important thing in the world at that age - liking the wrong, uncool songs and squirming discomfort with the randomly cruel actions of the friends you've gron up with, friends who're changing into someone you don't quite know or recognise.
Instead of relying on cheap nostalgia for the period feel, Magrs captures the era with the flavour of experiences - the frustration of being stuck on your own in a small town in the middle of nowhere, one the internet generation will never quite understand. There's the wonder of the first VCR, being able to watch your favourite programmes again and again, the wide-eyed wonders of the Doctor Who Exhibition, the huntsman's thrill of finding a Target novelisations you never had... it struck so many chords it wasn't just playing my tune, it was playing my symphony.
If I'd had this book at the equivalent age (that'd have been around 1987 for me) it'd have been an absolute godsend.Read more ›
You could go through the book and replace all instances of "Doctor Who" with "The Monkees", or "Blake's Seven", or "Monkey", and there would be very little difference to the tale being told. Which is a good tale, don't get me wrong - well written, fairly interesting....but had this book not had "Doctor Who" splashed across the cover, I would never have bothered to pick it up - nor to keep reading in the hopes that the promise of the title would be fulfilled.
Nothing wrong with the book at all - but I would caution prospective buyers to imagine the book was titled "Diary of a Child in the 80s" and see if they are still interested in buying it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book but felt very much that it mirrored some of the themes from his earlier books for young adults. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2010 by A. Bear
A story about growing up, we will all identify with parts of David's story and for some of us memories of new video recorders and Breville Toasters will make you smile. Read morePublished on 14 May 2010 by Esmeralda
Even though I'm not a teenage boy living in the 1980s, I still related to The Diary of a Dr Who Addict much more than most of the other books I've read. Read morePublished on 9 April 2010 by Jenny, Wondrous Reads