Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who Hardcover – September 1, 2014
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 057512945X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0575129450
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Gollancz (September 1, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,817,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Behind The Sofa is a labor of love, it's true, and that really shows in this collection of stories.
Sadly, however, such labors do not always bear the most perfect of fruits. Behind The Sofa is great for a knock-down, drag-out, die-hard Whovian, but please don't get this for your ten-year-old. The stories are interesting, even occasionally funny, but many of the anecdotes seem to have a rambling, aimless quality that doesn't sit well with the reader. Every word will be appreciated by someone who can spell Rexicoricofallapatorius in one go, but if you're the kind of guy/gal that goes to a WhoCon *not* dressed as the original Cyberman, a lot of the references will be lost on you.
That doesn't mean you can't appreciate them though! Even though I haven't seen every episode, and still feel a vague sort of guilt for my silence after "Would you like a Jelly Baby?" jokes, this was a fairly entertaining read. I felt immersed, even if I didn't always understand what they were talking about, in the love of the series and the people and the idea of Who.
Would I rather have this than a box-set of all things Tennant, though? No.
This is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s always fun to read someone’s early encounters with Doctor Who whether they are famous or not. In fact, since nearly all of these people do have a connection to the show, there are some interesting tidbits here that are unlikely to be found anywhere else. Besides, all these stories are barely a page each so it’s an easy read. Still, someone looking for big stars and big reveals is going to be disappointed.
On the other hand, the proceeds go towards Alzheimer’s research so no one should be reluctant to put down some money on this one. The stories are pleasant enough and it’s a good cause.
In addition to the above, all proceeds from the sale of the book go to Alzheimer's Research UK. As someone who has seen the horrors of this illness in my own family, and frankly, lives in dread of one day having to deal with it personally, I would have paid twice the price without a qualm. This book is well worth the price. It's a hugely entertaining read that profits an extremely good cause. Win/Win!
Top reviews from other countries
I couldn't see an obviously visible order to the contributions; alphabetical, chronological or Doctorial. I liked that, it makes the collection equally fun to read through sequentially, or to hop in and out of like E-Space but much easier.
Did the nation's children really, literally hide `behind the sofa'? I was certainly frozen to ours by "Terror of the Autons" (what a first story to watch, aged 6 - it even has a killer `sofa' in it!), then sat expectantly on the sofa while the football results went by, every `Doctor Who' Saturday for years, but actually hide behind the sofa? If so, it's a tribute to the show's scariness; if not, it's an even higher tribute that a science fiction programme on a tiny budget could produce urban myth.
This book is an enjoyable journey through time, space and memory to help an excellent cause - Alzheimer's Research UK. What more could any fan of the Doctor want?
In conclusion then it's a great little book full of some delightful stories and well worth a read
Each person...some better known than others...has contributed their first encounter with or best memory of the long running series.
This is the sort of coffee table book that you can pick up and put down here and there whenever you have a break or a few minutes to spare. Or read it all in one go like I did!