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  • Series: About Time (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935234153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935234159
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dorothy Ali's writing has appeared in publications such as Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers.

Lars Pearson is publisher and editor-in-chief of Mad Norwegian Press, and co-author (with Lance Parkin) of Ahistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe [Third Edition].

Since the far-off days of About Time 6, when "River Song" was just the track even hard-core Donovan fans skipped on the album Hurdy Gurdy Man, Tat Wood has been living within walking distance of the Olympic Stadium, watching it get built with more speed and less care than these books and marvelling at the missile emplacements on nearby tower-blocks. He has also, rather unexpectedly, got married.

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He liked being able to read about episodes as he watched them.
fatstagnation
Second, since so much of this book is a reference, the lack of electronic versions of these books is at times painful.
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This Dr. Who book was purchased as a gift to a real, live, Dr. Who FAN.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Marsh on October 5, 2013
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Were the world to descend into post-apocalyptic chaos (no doubt caused by an alien invasion) and I could only save one series of books about Doctor Who, there is absolutely no question: It would be the About Time series. There is no other series/episode guide I've found that is as exhaustive . . . yet interestingly so.

Like any good episode guide, it includes copious amounts of facts about the program: who wrote each installment, when they aired, what other acting efforts you'd recognize significant performers from, etc. It goes over information that you'd logically want to know -- how significant characters evolve and what kind of traits, abilities, or insights each episode provides into them; how the episode fits into the larger whole; what kind of continuity gaffs or problems there are; copious trivia; lengthy qualitative critiques; etc. It also includes great research into placing episodes in context: historical (what likely inspired the episode or elements within it), cultural (especially useful for me as an American), continuity; and more.

However, this series goes beyond the call by invariably presenting information about and insight into matters you DIDN'T KNOW you wanted to know. About Time 7 ramps this up a notch as it talks about the first two series of the 2005 revival, ensuring that EVERY episode it covers has a supplemental essay. As a few examples: "The Girl in the Fireplace" gives rise to trying to sort out who qualifies as a companion, by asking if Arthur the Horse counts; "The Unquiet Dead" takes the opportunity to ponder whether the new series is more xenophobic; and "Bad Wolf" gave the most comprehensive unpacking I've yet found into trying to figure out why Christopher Eccleston left after only one season.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. M Young VINE VOICE on November 10, 2013
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One couldn't help wondering, of course, after completing the sixth volume of Mad Norwegian Press' exhaustive study of each story of Doctor Who, when they were going to tackle the new series (or, as they call it, "the Welsh series"). Well, here is the first volume beginning that new epic, covering the complete Eccleston turn as the Doctor and David Tennant's first year in the role. Plot summaries, cast lists, critiques, bloopers, etc. are just part of these detailed volumes; each of them also contain essays about such varied things as "if Torchwood goes back to Victorian days, where were they for Doctors 1-7," the development of British television, the background behind the creation of the new series, the Bad Wolf subplot, the definition of a companion, etc., and all told with enough snark to have it not become boringly academic. But really, for devoted Who fans only; if you're just looking for a plot summary and a cast, this will overwhelm you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on October 16, 2013
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Having all the other volumes I was looking forward to the volumes that would deal with the New Series. The insight, humor, references, and information in the past books were wonderful and had me rereading the volumes again and again. They allowed me to watch the old episodes in a new light. Not that I always agreed with the volumes, of course. Many of the episodes they felt had failed I thought were wonderful, sometimes for the same reasons!
So when Volume 7 came out I was happy to snap it up and read it. And it was worth it. The volume covers the first two series, starring Christopher Ecclesron and David Tennant, and does it well. It treats the new episodes JUST like the old ones, breaking them down, examining them, exploring the issues they bring up. The essays, as in the other books, were wonderful. They ask such important questions as "Gay Agenda? What Gay Agenda?", "Is Doctor Who Fandom Off-Topic?", and "Why Doesn't Anyone Read Any More?".
One issue the book brings up is the second series the Golden Age of the new Doctors. Sadly, Tat Wood does not seem THAT impressed with many of the second series episodes and suggests that it isn't the Golden Age. In fact, from his comments in this book, it seems that the series will be going down hill from here. From his point of view - unless I am reading more into his writing than is there. I don't know if I agree. For example, he rates "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit" pretty low when I thought both episodes were pretty good. I liked the idea of the Doctor dealing with something outside his sphere of understand and knowledge.
Still, this is a must for any fan of Doctor Who, any science fiction fan, or any library dealing with British Television. Enjoy!
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