Running Through Corridors: 1 Paperback – 14 Dec 2010
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Paperback. Pub Date: December 2010 Pages: 336 Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press In Running Through Corridors. two Doctor Who lovers of old - Robert Shearman. Toby Hadoke - embark on an epic quest of friendship: Spend the 'gap year' of 2009 (when Doctor Who consisted of a handful of specials rather than a full season) re-watching the whole of Who two episodes a day. every day. from the show's start in 1963 and ending with David Tennant's swan song on New Year's. 2010 . This three-volume series contains Shearman and Hadoke's diary of that experience - a grand opus of their wry observations about the show. their desire to see the good in every story. and their chronicle of the real-life changes to Who in that year . With this book. Who fans will feel that they're watching along with Shearman (World Fantasy Award winner. Hugo Award nominee and writer on the new Doctor Who) and Hado...
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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...
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.
Not only do they write about watching (and listening) early DW, but they also talk about they're own memories of being a fan of DW they mention DW news when they were writing their reviews (e.g. Revelation of the Matt Smith!). This book as made me go back and re look at the 60's stories. My aim is to take the journey with them as they write each review.
Really recommend it. I really hope they will be writing the 1970's soon and get that out and then the 80's. (Message to authors: Please hurry up...I want to read more NOW!)
Go on, treat yourself!
(As you can tell, not great at writing reviews!)
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