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Steven Moffat's Doctor Who 2011: The Critical Fan's Guide to Matt Smith's Second Series (Unauthorized) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Cooper , Kevin Mahoney
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Book Description

At over 90,000 words, this is the most comprehensive guide yet published to the 2011 season of Doctor Who. This series of Doctor Who had the greatest ambition yet, as Steven Moffat created the most complex Doctor Who story arc ever. The apparent death of the Doctor in the very first episode set the groundwork for a series full of other shocks and revelations (such as River Song’s identity), which ended with a return to the essential mystery that has always underlined the programme.

The format of this book is the same as the one that we laid out in our previous guide to Matt Smith’s first series as the Doctor. Steven Cooper has written excellent detailed analyses of each episode, which he published online soon after each episode was broadcast, thus providing an invaluable record of how a long-standing fan reacted to each twist of the plot as it occurred. Kevin Mahoney follows Steven’s analyses with his reviews, which he wrote from the perspective of having watched the entire series. This enabled Kevin to gauge exactly how Steven Moffat had put this season together, and to assess the success of his various hoodwinks and sleights of hand.

There have been various controversies this series, such as Moffat’s novel move to split the series in half. Then there were murmurings of discontent within fandom when the news that there might be fewer than 14 episodes in 2012 leaked out, along with the perennial erroneous tales from the newspapers about the loss of viewing figures. The cancellation of Doctor Who Confidential left some fans fearing for the future of such an expensive show in austere times. Others have gone further than this, to suggest that Doctor Who itself needs a break. However, despite some minor blips in the storytelling department in 2011, this book argues that there is still a great deal to be positive about in Doctor Who. While we haven’t quite yet reached another golden age for the programme, the authors of this book believe that the potential is still very much there to achieve this.

Steven Cooper and Kevin Mahoney are also the authors of 'Steven Moffat's Doctor Who 2010: The Critical Fan's Guide to Matt Smith's First Series (Unauthorized)'.

Steven Cooper is a software developer and long-time Doctor Who fan, living in Melbourne, Australia.

Kevin Mahoney is the founder and editor of the literary website For three years, he served as the Web Content Editor of the Society of Young Publishers. He has previously worked for the UK publishers Random House. Kevin is also the author of the novel ‘A Fame of Two Halves’.

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About the Author

Steven Cooper is a software developer and long-time Doctor Who fan, living in Melbourne, Australia. He is also the co-author of 'Steven Moffat's Doctor Who 2010: The Critical Fan's Guide to Matt Smith's First Series (Unauthorized)'.

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  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Punked Books (April 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R56Q5O
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Moffat Masterplan untangled January 2, 2013
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After the comedy sci-fi in space that Doctor Who became during the Russell T. Davies years, it has been a relief to see the show return more to its roots under the stewardship of Steven Moffat, the dark fairytale themes of the 2010 series giving way to the incredibly complex, multi-layered gothic strands of the 2011 run, perhaps the most ambitious attempt at a running story the programme has ever done. And what a theme too, no less than the death of the Doctor himself! Luckily, this book by Steven Cooper and Kevin Mahoney, a follow up to their similar review of Matt Smith's first season as the Doctor, is a great help, both in untangling the many Gordian Knots that run through the 13 episodes of the 2011 series and in appreciating the grand vision and vista that Moffat has taken Who too, almost staggering in a popular not cult TV show in the modern, attention deficit wasteland of contemporary broadcasting. The authors two handed approach to covering each story works well, Cooper offering an immediate precis of the episode not long after viewing, and Mahoney providing a more considered, weighted analysis from the perspective of having watched the entire series. This way we get the adrenalin fuelled but sometimes confused feeling we all have after watching some episodes backed with the understanding of how all the pieces of Moffat's intricate jigsaw finally fit together. As the authors said, it was a sometimes exhausting ride, but their exhaustive coverage goes a long way towards enhancing the enjoyment of the 2011 run. At times the recommendations for DVDs to watch from the classic series seems a little superfluous and tenuous, but otherwise I greatly enjoyed reading this book and look foward to the 2012-13 edition to accompany the ever expanding Whoinverse of Steven Moffat and Matt Smith.
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"...there is still a great deal to be positive about in Doctor Who...."

In my opinion, that is about the biggest understatement in the history of world television. As I have seen in so many places in my 40+ years as a Citizen of Whoville, this show goes such a long way toward erasing the undeserved inferiority complex inflicted on television. The "Big Screen" vs the "Little Screen?" Fooey. This masterpiece of a show, made so much finer with Steven Moffat at the helm and Matt Smith in the starring role, puts the modern cinema to shame. It truly is a feature film made in an impossibly short production schedule. As a college teacher of creative writing and set design, I still have a few contacts in both parts of the industry, and I hear the same lament constantly: that the movie business is struggling because television is stealing all the great writers... and actors...and directors... and the lighting and sound gurus, the best set designers, stunt coordinators, makeup and costume designers, camera capos, the lot. They didn't run away; they just all went to work for Doctor Who. I have ten students who are determined to become interns for Barbara Southcott and Gordon Seed whether they are invited or not. The rest mostly argue over which Doctor they'd like to wake up and find in their shower.... An obsessed bunch, my kidlings, but they do know the best when they see it. I was so happy to get this book as a gift recently, because I had so enjoyed the previous edition. Keep them coming, Mr. Cooper. Perhaps they will help me get my students through the period of mourning which will commence come Boxing Day, when we more experienced fans have to nurse the newbies through their first regeneration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great perspectives of the Matt Smith season. March 20, 2013
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Well, if you love Who, you'll love this book. It's a great add-on to the season.

The book is composed of two sets of reviews of each episode. One from the point of view of someone who has just watch the episode and is commenting on it singularly. The second from someone who has watched the entire season and is then commenting on each episode.

These two points of view bring to light certain threads you may have missed or better explain aspects of the episode.

Personally, after reading this book, I had to go back and watch some of these episodes to see what the writers saw, which did two things for me. First, fueled my addiction of the the Who and second, made me really appreciate the complexity and controversy Steven Moffat wrote into the season.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who fan, who likes this book May 14, 2013
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I am a uber Dr Who fan and I enjoyed this book. The only negative thing about the book is that Matt Smith is the Doctor. I liked Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant much better. Matt Smith is too much a nerd and not a good doctor.
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