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3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright, but..., 7 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Fifty Years in Time and Space: a Short History of Doctor Who (Paperback)
There is every possibility that you will thoroughly enjoy this book, especially if you are a similar age to the writer. When you consider the writer's age his opinions make perfect sense, and will probably match those of many other Doctor Who fans born at a similar time. Patrick Troughton is much praised in the book, this is partly explained by the fact that he is the earliest Doctor the writer would have been able to remember (although Troughton was a fine actor as well). His praise for the Pertwee era and the first few years of Tom Baker's run fits in with the age he would have been when these stories first aired.

The book is quite scathing about some of the stories from the Graham Williams era since at this stage he would have been getting older and perhaps losing interested in the programme, this criticism of the series continues throughout his analysis of the rest of the classic run of stories. On the other hand the writer has nothing but praise for virtually every aspect of new series Doctor Who, reflecting the fact that when the series returned in 2005 he was much older and possibly had a greater sense of nostalgia.

The book is mostly well written, with some interesting trivia, but some may find his opinions objectionable; he seems to have particular contempt for the Sylvester McCoy/Andrew Cartmel era of the programme, a fact he reminds us of at various times throughout the book. The writer even claims to have turned off 'Delta and the Bannermen' in disgust, how can he provide analysis of something he hasn't even seen?
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