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Doctor Who: The Doctor - His Lives and Times (Dr Who) by [BBC Digital]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Book Description

Your ultimate guide to the last Time Lord through intimate and exclusive material.

About the Author

James Goss has written three Torchwood novels, a Doctor Who novel, and two radio plays, and is the co-author, with Steve Tribe of The Dalek Handbook and Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects. His Doctor Who audiobook Dead Air won Best Audiobook 2010 and his books Dead of Winter and First Born were both nominated for the 2012 British Fantasy Society Awards.

Steve Tribe is the author of the Doctor Who books The Time Traveller’s Almanac, Companions and Allies and The TARDIS Handbook, and of the audiobook Doctor Who: The Essential Companion. He has edited over a hundred Doctor Who, Torchwood, Being Human and Sherlock books, and co-wrote The Dalek Handbook and Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects with James Goss.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413096 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D3NSE2M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #438,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First, I want to point out that fans in North America should consider buying *this* version of the book, through Amazon UK. In the USA, it will not be released until Jan 7, 2014, and only as a softcover. This is a treasure well worth having in hardback. Along with "Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years", "The Doctor - His Lives and Times" is one of the two "must have" books commemorating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

"The Doctor - His Lives and Times" is a like graphical narrative of the series as seen by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. In other words, previously unseen fictional details of events, objects and characters from the history of the show, such as a glimpse into the 500 Year Diary, UNIT memos, newspaper and magazine articles, and so much more that I wouldn't want to spoil.

Also interspersed throughout are hundreds of quotes and insights from the actors, production crew and others through the years. In addition, the book includes so many photos I've never seen, despite decades of reading Doctor Who Magazine (since it was Weekly!) and uncountable books and tie-ins.

Casually paging through it is a delight. Reading closely is like finding deleted scenes on a DVD. Don't hesitate, get it now, or gift it this Christmas.
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Of course given the 50th anniversary books like this are going to keep popping out of the woodwork, and generally I'm slightly sceptical as to their value or veracity - but in this case this book definitely lives up to what a dedicated fan of the good Doctor would want to read, and see. Published by the BBC, it ought on that basis alone to offer information and photos and other items of interest that may not even be available to authors in other circumstances.

The book contains absolutely loads of interesting snippets - including news releases and recollections, but also information from the friends and foes that the Doctor has met over all the years, reports on Cybermen activity, newspaper clippings of the finding of Dodo, a cover of a book written by Sarah Jane Smith - absolutely loads of things like this. Each Doctor has his own section; his story is told by someone who knew him, for example Fenric tells of the Seventh Doctor, Sarah Jane and K9 of the Fourth Doctor, Victoria of the Second Doctor. There are mementors from their `time' such as `newspaper clippings' of events. We even get to read the Doctor's Academy report for the class of 92, where he failed driving - "It will be a sorry day for the universe if he ever gets his hands on a dematerialisation circuit." It seems Cardinal Borusa was not overly impressed.

Each section then continues with the actor playing the Doctor telling of their role, and others of the time telling of that Doctor's era - producers, writers, actors etc. There are also heaps of photos from the series. Really, this book is loaded with things to read, things to see, and things to chuckle over and remember. Great stuff.
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I love this book, it is a must have for any Doctor Who fan and offers insights into his travels, viewed through the eyes of other people. There are postcards, photographs and newspaper articles all written from an "in-universe" perspective. There are also interviews with the actors, writers, producers, etc. looking back over the era of each Doctor which is a nice way to round off the story. The book is very well presented and the hardcover really makes it feel like you are holding something special. The only minor complaint I would have is that it was published after The Name of the Doctor but before the 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor so there is only a brief glimpse of John Hurt's Doctor and for obvious reasons doesn't mention anything relating to the 50th Anniversary special. For a sense of completeness, it might have been nice if this was published after Matt Smith's regeneration so his entire era could be summarised at the end of the book but it's not a big problem. Highly recommended as a gift for someone or for yourself!
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Low stars are for the fact that I cannot actually read it!!!!! Tried reading it on my phone, laptop and iPad.... It does not enlarge at all to be able to read it... Very annoyed as I don't want to spend money buying it a second time on paper. Yes, I've done all the double tapping and everything else I can think of, it won't enlarge. Wish I knew this before so as I could have bought the solid paper copy instead.
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I loved this book. The balance between fact and fiction elements was perfect. Ever era of the show is explored through interviews and vignettes from the episodes as well as quotes from luminaries from those eras. I am one of those fans that is not that interested in the production and how the show is made...just so long as they keep making great stories...so I don't usually go for the factual stuff particularly. But this book has the balance perfectly. I bought the book to dip in to and leave on the shelf, but I ended up reading it from cover to cover.
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This combination of a look at the factual and fictional worlds of 'Doctor Who' contains a great deal of enjoyable material. The latter in particular has some great jokes for fans old and new.

Definitely worth getting.
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