Doctor Who: The Nth Doctor - An In-depth Study of the Films That Almost Were Paperback – 16 Jan 1997
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About the Author
Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier are award-winning comic-book writers and translators. They wrote several books about TV series and a French Science Fiction Encyclopedia. They have also written scripts for television series such as The Real Ghostbusters and Duck Tales. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Although interesting as a curio, I kept thinking 'so what?' These stories never got made and to me the most interesting element is how themes moved on from the show into the mythology that became the context for the 8th Doctor Movie and also influenced the later TV revival. This book is (in my mind) obsessed with linking back to the mythology to canon-ise the various scripts.
Given that these are all works in progress I question the value of this exercise, though I speak as one whose familiarity with the canon around this time (including the various novels) is very low.
Overall worth a read for completist fans only (who probably bought it when it was new!)
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I watched it all, going back to the old black and white Hartnel and Troughton years and then forward through the PBS's sporatic showings of Colin Baker and McCoy. Then they stopped showing them altogether. Years later Dr. Who popped up again for made for TV Fox special. It wasn't great but I loved that too.
There is a new Dr. Who show on the air now but this book is not about that. This book, the Nth Doctor, is about what happened in those years between the cancellation of the television show and when Paul McGann showed up on Fox as a half-human doctor.
Though the behind the scenes stuff is interesting, particularly Leonard Nimoy also directing Pierce Brosnan as the Doctor, the real treasure of this book is the synopsises of the various drafts that were written. We get several versions of the Doctor fighting against Varnax (who reminds me quite a bit of Zod from Superman), several attempts at reboots, and even a few treatments that attempt to reconcile the reboots with the classic television show.
For anyone who is a fan of classic Doctor Who, this is a fun read. It isn't without its issues though. The kindle version suffers from some formatting problems, mostly paragraph breaks where they don't belong. Additionally, I found the author's attempts to reconcile all of the various drafts into a single universe a little distracting. Sometimes you just have to accept that different drafts (especially drafts of an origin story) are mutually exclusive.
On the downside, this ebook is plagued with grammatical errors, and the author's attempts to tie each script to Doctor Who canon (if such a word could be used with Doctor Who) were very forced; most of the scripts were not written with continuity in mind being complete reboots. On the whole though, this is a great book for Who enthusiasts.
From completely faithful interpretations led by talent involved with the television series, such as Fourth Doctor Tom Baker's project that was rumored to have even cast Caroline Munro & David McClure as companions to potential 'blockbuster' versions with Hollywood talent like Spielberg & Sylvester Stallone involved, DOCTOR WHO's involvement with the big screen makes for fascinating reading for WHO fans and cinema fans alike.
The typesetting, though, is terrible for three reasons.
First are the footnotes. The table of contents is set up, so I can access any section of the book, but the footnotes are only text (and sometimes not even superscripted). For a while I set a bookmark at the chapter's footnotes, and flipped there and back when I encountered one in the text, but that got tedious. Instead I'm skimming them as an interesting set of asides at the end of each chapter, but that's removed from their purpose. I'm amazed at the publisher's lack of care to make them links.
Second... second is the fact that the book seems to be the result of a less-than-satisfactory text recognition software. I would have assumed otherwise, but terms like "Data-hank", replacing the pronoun "I" with "T", Columbus' ship the "Santa Mana", an Immortality Bullet "encasec" in something else, the uppercase-PI replacing the II in Star Trek II, and Star Trek IV's later description as Star Trek TV are all that I highlighted... I soon lost interest and only highlighted what were especially bad. And this isn't counting the times that text is inconsistently bold when quoting a script.
Third, there are countless paragraph
breaks that occur within
sentences. (Although none quite as grievous as what I'm
echoing here.) Those seem to be every few screens.
So, to the purchaser:
Be clear that you're buying this for the content. And the content is fantastic... it's just a frustrating reading experience.
I came away from this book with a greater understanding of the process of putting a story together and producing it: how opportunities are gained and lost, how a small change in a character's background or motivation can make or break a plot and how a story can be more than the some of its parts but, at the same time, lessened by having too many parts. The only downside was that, by the very nature of the topic, many of the stories were very similar, up to and including identical or near-identical narrative.
Even if you're a budding writer, rather than an avid "Doctor Who" fan, this is a book you should consider reading.
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