Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who (1963-1989) Paperback – 24 Mar 2015
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However Paul Kirkley has hit upon an approach which I don't think I've encountered before. At once totally original but also so gobsmackingly obvious I can't quite believe it's not been done. He simply tells the story of how the series was made and presents it as an ongoing narrative. Most books of this type follow the usual pattern of breaking down the show series by series, story by story, with each production seemingly existing in its own special vacuum. Here Kirkley depicts the behind the scenes process as it would have seemed to those involved; days spent desperately trying to commission stories, prepare scripts, approve casting, deal with sometimes difficult or even openly hostile management, keep the stars happy, make the effects work and ultimately to simply get the show in the can by ten o'clock.
Kirkely's style is light and humorous. For instance he has great fun occasionally imagining the conversations which lead to some of the show's more unusual or controversial moments. This prevents the unfortunate dryness such books can have, and as such makes this extremely readable, and not just a reference book you may only look at occasionally. He's also not afraid to voice his opinion.Read more ›
BUT saying that i can not recommend this well researched,genuinly funny book.There are a lot of makung of books out there which take themselfs way to seriously.While there are facts in here you may already know;they are far out-weighed by the new information.They way Paul delivers these titbits can often be funny you sometimes miss the point being made.While its obvious whats imagined and whats real,Paulmakes you wonder if he was there because you can believe the converstions happened the way he says.
Its a light hearted,easy read and pulls no punches in its honesty.
The only other thing i have to say is Paul,if you read this review-I LOVE The Tenth planet and The Moonbase.You just have to ignore the real science.
Get this book and sit back and expect to smile while being educated.
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Very funny book. The mid eighties section (when the tv series had degenerated into a Crackerjack sketch show) was hilarious.Published 5 months ago by NS
Hilarious romp through twenty-six glorious years. When the hell is Volume Two coming out?Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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