Doctor Who: Celebrating Fifty Years Import, Box set
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Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary, an in-depth look at the world s longest running and most successful science fiction show The world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who. Steven Spielberg Premiering the day after the JFK assassination, Doctor Who humbly launched one of the entertainment world s first super-brands. We begin with a look at TV programming of the day and the original pitch documents before delving into the Daleks, which almost didn t make the cut but inspired many monsters to follow. After three years, First Doctor William Hartnell left, prompting the BBC to recast their hit rather than end it, giving us the first regeneration and making TV history. We follow the succession of Doctors including Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, exiled to Earth and targeted by the Master and see how the program reflected the feminism of the 1970s while gaining mainstream popularity with Fourth Doctor Tom Baker until declining support from the BBC eventually led to cancelation. Fan outcry saved the series, only for it to suffer a repeat cancelation. Yet many continued to enjoy the Whoniverse in syndication, novels, audio dramas, and Doctor Who Magazine. Paul McGann impressed many as the Eighth Doctor in a 1996 TV movie, but it failed to reignite the series. A new age dawned in 2005 with Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and a serious special effects budget before Tenth Doctor David Tennant helped rocket the series to international popularity and a new era of spinoffs. With Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, the show became a bona fide success in America. For the program s fiftieth anniversary, Peter Capaldi became the Twelfth Doctor, ushering in yet another era for our unstoppable Time Lord. Featuring discussions of concepts and characters, with insights from producers, writers, and actors from across the years, here is a rich, behind-the-camera investigation into the dazzling multiverse of Doctor Who."
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This book is readable, and has lots of behind the scenes information about the doctors and their companions. It puts everything in perspective if you want to have a sense of where you are in the 50 year history when you watch a particular episode. It also lets you know what the actors playing both the doctors and their companions were thinking and experiencing as they became part of this iconic series. Summary: Its not so detailed as to lose the casual reader, yet gives a good introduction and overview of the series and its primary characters, writers, and producers. Well done, Alan Kistler.
That said, I decided to stop reading this book once it got up to the parts of the new series I haven't seen yet, but I'm over 70% through, so I feel I can offer a fair review.
What I was looking for when I picked this book up was a thorough behind the scenes history of the show. How did it start? Why was it cancelled in 1989? How did it survive until its return in 2005? Who are the writers, producers, actors, and directors and what's their story? How did they decide who was going to play The Doctor when they needed to find one?
This book answers those questions. If you're looking for a book covering the lore of the "Whoniverse" and endless bits of trivia, check out 'Who-Ology' instead. This one covers beats from the show but it mostly focuses on the production process itself. If you're more interested in what went into making the show, and how it has developed through its long 50 year history, this book is for you.
I couldn't put it down, and once I get caught up on the new series, I can't wait to read the rest!
The book begins with the creation of the program. Dramatized in the TV Movie An Adventure in Space and Time, the book gives more details and dispels some myths. Each Doctor has his own chapter, with general biographies of the actors. A comprehensive list of companions is also included.
The book even gives good coverage to the Big Finish audio plays, discussing how much weight to give those stories in the Canon of a 50 year old TV show.
The book ends with Peter Capaldi being cast as the 13th Doctor.
The book could have used more pictures, but its author does enough original reporting to make it an insightful read without getting it too bogged down in the details, trivia and politics any endeavor of this magnitude is bound to produce.