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The Man Who Thought Outside The Box: The Life and Times of Doctor Who Creator Sydney Newman Paperback – 24 Apr 2017
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About the Author
RYAN DANES is Doctor Who fan, and the show made him want to become a writer. Learning about its origins he became interested in Sydney Newman, and decided he should be honoured, and his legacy remembered on his 100th birthday.
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It reads like a not very talented GCSE students poor attempt at a composition and as such would probably only scrape a C-.
The writing style is very poorly constructed, with strung together sentences in place of a proper narrative; there are elementary spelling and grammar mistakes that grate; the author lurches around all over the place in time and setting, and the reader does not gain a clear picture of the story that he is trying to tell.
There are facts in there that presumeably he has researched, but messily related and poorly drawn upon.
Obviously a heavily biased Doctor Who fan, the author clumsily attempts to draw parallels between events and decisions in Mr Newmans early life and career with events happening in fictional Doctor Who stories that happen decades later and have nothing whatsoever to do with him!
My Newman is also referred to constantly throughout as Sydney and this first name basis also grates.
I must admit to getting half of the way through and being unable to tolerate any more so i was unable to find out about Mr Newmans involvement in The Avengers or any other of his accomplishments as Doctor Who was continually referenced to the detriment of the other facts about Mr Newman i wanted to know. I have a feeling i might have been unlucky to find such info though judging by the turgid prose i had to trudge through in the first half.
Compare this to the rather excellent and detailed and well written biography of Anthony Ainley, entitled 'the man behind the Master' and you might as well compare fish and chip wrappings with the complete works of Shakespeare.
It probably goes without saying that generally speaking most people who will want to find out about Newman will be Doctor Who fans or at least interested in the programme, but that does not help the people who might happen to read this book who aren't, as they won't be au fait with the references to specific Who trivia (which are irrelevant anyway!) and if the aim of reading this work is to discover the man outside the box, then the book completely fails.
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