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Doctor Who - The Scripts Tom Baker 1974/5. Full Scripts for Tom Baker's First Season: Scripts 1974/5 Hardcover – 1 Oct 2001
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Scripts for the years 1974/5 from the long-running BBC TV series. Extra detailed annotation includes: set, costume and make-up design; production codes and dates; edits made to the scripts during the writing stage; and visual electronics and sound effects.
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The book provides useful data, introductions, dates and other information before each complete script of Tom Baker's first season as The Doctor. It is an absolutely fascinating piece and is a good overview of this period of Doctor Who. I would highly recommend that people try and find a copy from somewhere.
What a shame that the BBC decided to produce only this script book and did not delve into other eras. I suspect this was because a series was not economical, but they could have at least tried.. :(
Come along on a journey with Tom Baker's charismatic Doctor Who, the heroic Sarah Jane Smith and the wonderfully bumbling Harry Sullivan and meet the emotionally confused Giant Robot, the parasitic space insect Wirrn, Davros - the ruthlessly twisted creator of the Daleks. And let's not forget the remorseless Cybermen, skulking around the galaxy in an ancient spaceship. Anyone who enjoyed David Tennant's recent 2006 outing as the Doctor will enjoy these scripts, and all the bonus information.
Although the church crypt lured me on the day I was entranced by every episode of season twelve during the subsequent Saturdays. Tom Baker was stepping into the shoes of the very popular Jon Pertwee who had brought a Boy's Own touch of dash and gravitas to the whole proceedings. Could a man who had played a mad monk (Rasputin in 'Nicholas and Alexandra') and a villainous magician (Koura in 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad') bring an extra dimension to the Timelord's character?
The answer was an unequivocal 'yes' and even the most hardened critics were to acknowledge that the viewing figures during the fourth doctor's were the highest of the franchises history. A fortuitous combination of Robert Holmes (script Editor) and Philip Hinchcliffe (producer)also added to the heady concotion.
This publication takes the reader through the whole journey - a ride into the innovative and wildly unpredictable world of 'Who' in the mid-70's. The twelfth season was certainly important for the fans but does it warrant an entire book devoted to it's every detail?
In short are publications of scripts justified and worth shelling out your hard earned cash for when DVD releases offer not only visuals but commentaries and various other extras?
You will want to buy this book for one, some or all of the following reasons:
1. Annotations - and plenty of them.
2. In depth exploration of the actors and their artistic chemistry. (How bizarre it is to think that Baker was extremely reserved when he first mingled with his co-stars).
3. You get to read the stories quickly without too much padding.
4. Davros made his first apearance in this season.
If you are a signed up DWAS member then this is another welcome addition to the increasing number of 'Who' biographies. But in all fairness these books are only ever published with the dedicated fan in mind. Personally, I hope this is the start of more such similar releases.
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More than any other behind-the-scenes science fiction book I've read, this one really tells you what tough choices and concessions had to be made, why they chose person A over person B, what got cut for budgetary reasons (a common problem with Doctor Who) and what concessions (or lack thereof) were made for continuity. This book is a massive undertaking, and, indeed, authorship is spread between numerous people. If there is a question you want answered about Season 12 of Doctor Who, the odds are really good it's in here somewhere.
While I find it hard to recommend this book to the casual Doctor Who fan, it's invaluable to the die-hard Whovian or the student of film or TV production. This is simply the finest production book I've read and I dearly hope to see them tackle other seasons in the same way in the future.
Then, with the individual scripts, the book provides background along the lines of the DWM Archive features, covering the development of the scripts, the production team, the production details, and a brief critique.
There are also numerous footnotes associated with the scripts, and my chief complaint with the book is that these are stuck at the end of each episode rather than at the bottom of individual pages, necessitating either a lot of flipping back and forth or a good memory if you choose to wait until after reading the episode to see what the footnotes say.
However, that's basically a quibble on what is an excellent book and a significant addition to my Doctor Who collection.
It includes the complete shooting scripts including dialog & scenarios not used in the finished product.
It also gives behind the scenes insight to the filming of Tom Baker (Doctor #4's) First Season as the Doctor.
If you are a fan of the show, I would highly recommend it to you!