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The Doctors Who's Who: The Story Behind Every Face of the Iconic Time Lord Kindle Edition
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This book certainly is invaluable as a companion to any `Whovian', whichever era of the Doctor they are tethered to. There are many sources that set out to comment on the various fictional incarnations of The Doctor and his companions, but few actually tend to focus on the actors that have played them over the years. It is the intention of Craig Cabell, the author, to delve into the history of the actors that have donned the identity of Doctor Who, from official interpretations to the Dalek film series and including the spin-off theatre productions. He also delves into the history surrounding the concept of the programme and its mythos, with a very interesting section on the original script for An Unearthly Child (The Pilot Episode) examining the various fictional biographies of Susan, The Doctor's granddaughter, and why it has never been explained in Doctor Who lore who she actually is. Is she indeed The Doctor's granddaughter? You will find this differs immensely from the newly discovered original script, and it is very insightful to us now, after all these years, to realise the true intentions of the original writers and producers.
Throughout the book, we get a Doctor-by-Doctor analysis, detailing the actors behind all incarnations, both official and unofficial. There are sources which detail the actors' feelings at being offered the part, how they came to be involved in the acting business, their childhood inspirations and their personal and professional lives following their leave of the programme. As well as this, a section is devoted to a printing of all the serials, which ones are missing in the archives, and the various spin-off books that have kept the fan-base busy following the programme's initial cancellation (although this is by no means definitive, as other sources provide much more detailed listings).
Overall, I found this a compelling read and it was such a nice diversion to focus on the actors behind the mask of The Doctor, so to speak. It provides much detailed and observed context that any `Whovian' would be grateful to have, enriching the ever-expanding `Whoniverse' that fans know and love. I certainly now appreciate much more fully the actors, writers and crew that are cemented into the history of Doctor Who, and I am glad that I can now see from various viewpoints, why such a programme has endured for so long in its viewers' hearts and minds.
The main problem is it seems not to have been proof read or edited in any way. I've spotted numerous grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors as well as factual errors [what are Blinking Angels????]. I've also spotted paragraphs that seem out of order, almost as though they've been cut and paste into the wrong place! It's very odd.
But, sadly, it's also badly written. The same 'fact' gets repeated again and again over 3 or 4 paragraphs, the same words are used again and again [albeit, explained], wild subjective assumptions are made and the flow of the text is jittery. It's like reading a piece of work by a Junior school pupil. I wish I was exaggerating but I'm not. However, I am making my husband read it because I just can't convey how poor the English is - so I guess in a way I recommend it to you for that - it can be treated as a lesson in how to make a book virtually unreadable!!
Very disappointed. Am a big Dr Who fan and was looking forward to reading it.
It basically gives an account of each actor and how they managed to get the role, as well as other biographical info, such as other roles etc. It is interesting enough to keep you occupied for a view hours, but not necessarily a "Dipping" book - the type that you find you keep looking/dipping into, but not bad all the same.
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