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Running Through Corridors: Rob and Toby's Marathon Watch of Doctor Who (Volume 1: The 60s) Kindle Edition
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It feels like you are siting next to two people who both know more than is healthy about Doctor Who while sharing a lovely pint. This is a journey that you are invited on and will make you dig out your old DVDS to watch along.
If I have a complaint at all is that their seems to be no date for volume 2 and 3 which I am desperate to read.
from [...] Host of the tin dog podcast
As well as brief descriptions of the episodes watched, the vignettes cover impressions, recollections & occasional everyday flotsam and jetsam in an easy-going style. Unless you're a diehard Who fan, you won't have seen all of the episodes discussed, so probably the best way to approach this book is to read it bit by bit after watching the stories you can get hold of on DVD. You won't necessarily agree with either author, but you should enjoy wallowing in fandom with them.
Roll on the next two volumes...
Being lifelong Doctor Who fans, the authors are well placed to offer holistic views of each of the episodes, trying to view them as they would have been viewed on their very first screening by an audience to whom everything was new (not like us jaded Doctor Who fans who’ve seen, analysed, dissected and discussed every episode several hundred times over), and to place each episode in the context of Doctor Who canonicity and continuinty as we now know it.
Some of the stories and episodes I remember vividly; some not so much. And it’s refreshing as well as entertaining to read others’ views of the stories, and indeed the individual episodes that made up those stories. In some of these earlier stories, there may have been 4, 6 or even more episodes that made up a story, so there was plenty of time for exposition, plot development, character development and cliffhangers that seem to be missing from some of the more recent episodes of Doctor Who – a pity for the modern series in my view.
There are interesting asides on some of the actors and their participation in the series, and their success (or otherwise) as some of the characters; the lisping Thals stay in my mind as one of the most memorable of these observations. This is a great book; definitely more applicable to someone familiar with, or in the position to become familiar with the episodes before or while reading the book. If you’re not familiar with the stories, there’s much in the book that will sail straight over your head and you’ll very likely miss the point completely.
There are a couple of negative points for me.
Firstly the pair comment on the mistake of the production crew having the character of the Doctor referred to as "Doctor Who", and yet this is also a crime (punishable by use of the mind probe if I got my way!) that the authors of this book are guilty of (Robert Shearman states on page 319 "it was the merry contrast of seeing Doctor Who scolding his irresponsible little brother" - the most recent example I have read).
Secondly, the editing of the book is rather poor. There are numerous typos, jumbled up sentences and repeated words. Sometimes the meaning of a sentence is lost until you work out the order it should have been in, or delete the appropriate repeated word. An example from "The War Games" would be "...the writers allow every him to represent every other frightened Tommy..." (Page 317), which should read "...the writers allow him to represent every other frightened Tommy...". This is just the final one I remember, having been read most recently, but such errors crop up through out the book.
I realise that in this review I have concentrated more on the negative aspects of the book (which is at odds with the book itself), but I would still give it 5 out of 5 as it is a great read, just let down a little by poor editing. As with "Doctor Who" itself, it would be a shame to down-grade great writing because of shoddy production values.
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