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Doctor Who [PDF / EPUB] Doctor Who Airing the day after JFK's assassination the first episode An Unearthly Child humbly launched one of the entertainment world’s first super brands We begin with a look at the programming of the day a Airing the day after JFK's assassination the first episode An Unearthly Child humbly launched one of the entertainment world’s first super brands We begin with a look at the programming of the day and the original pitch documents for this family show before delving into the Daleks which almost didn't make the cut After three years st Doctor William Hartnell left prompting the BBC to recast their hit rather than ending it giving us the first regeneration and making television history We follow the succession of doctors—including rd Doctor Jon Pertwee exiled to Earth with his Moriarty in The Master—and see how the program reflected the feminism of the s while gaining mainstream popularity with th Doctor Tom Baker until declining support from the BBC led to cancelation Yet millions worldwide continued to enjoy the Whoniverse in syndication novels audio dramas comics and Doctor Who Magazine A new age dawned in with th Doctor Christopher Eccleston and a serious special effects budget th Doctor David Tennant helped rocket the series back to international popularity and a new era of spinoffs With Matt Smith as th doctor the show has become a success here in America where it was long considered just a cult classic Featuring discussions of the show's concepts and characters and interviews and insights from producers writers and actors from across the years; current and former editors and writers of Doctor Who Magazine; and the titular heroes themselves here is a rich behind the camera investigation into the dazzling multiverse of Doctor Who.

10 thoughts on “Doctor Who

  1. says:

    Books about Doctor Who are a cottage industry This isn’t surprising considering the scope of the show its record breaking timespan and the ravenous nature of Whovians There are hundreds of titles centered on and in the Whoniverse; most are fiction commissioned by the BBC as tie in materials while a great many others are unauthorized fan fiction and criticism The rarest beast is the authorized non fiction of which this is a shining example Doctor Who A History is an authorized work and as such tries its best to stick to the facts of which there are many It is not a treatise on the value of Doctor Who but a clear concise history of the show’s creation production setbacks and transformations It takes a lot of restraint to distill 50 years into a couple hundred pages or about ten hours of audio in this case and Kistler certainly holds back in a good way He has produced a sweeping if necessarily truncated overview of a massive pop culture phenomenon without interjecting his own experience with the show or digressing into criticism Those sorts of analysis certainly have their place in fandom but Kistler’s style works best for those of us trying to catch up on all of the things we may have missed as latecomers to the world of WhoThe structure of the book relies on simple chronological storytelling but also includes sidebars on everything from 1960s era television production to the birth of the show’s defining villain the Daleks The inner workings of the BBC are presented without commentary from the author but not without a certain degree of analysis from primary sources the book is chock full of interviews with writers producers actors designers and myriad other creators that brought the show to life Frankly the best parts of the book are the interviews and the best interviews are of course with the actors that have played the Doctor Sylvester McCoy’s interviews are disarmingly charmingIt is actually rather astonishing that Doctor Who ever made it on the air or stayed there for any length of time Originally conceived as an educational children’s show with sci fi trappings it uickly outgrew its constraints and became something weirder and less easy to define Science fiction was still a bit of a media ghetto in the 1960s and most shows aimed at children were not looking to capture their parents as well Doctor Who broke through these constraints sometimes by lucky accident but often due to a very dedicated production team in the early days before marketing became a driving force in television and could prompt some of Who’s uestionable decisions later down the road Most fans probably know by now that the regenerative ability of the Time Lords was originally a straw grabbed by necessity; William Hartnell’s declining health demanded either an end to the show or a recast of its lead Instead of simply recasting the Doctor and pretending that nothing at changed which was not uncommon they used the already mysterious nature of the Time Lords to create an alternative regenerationThe correlation between necessity and invention kept the show alive and kicking for many years so it should be no surprise that the worst decisions made behind the scenes were generally either prompted by budget constraints or pushes for marketing Kistler gives a full breakdown of the constraints the show worked under even at the height of its original popularity with Tom Baker in the 1970s and how the show often triumphed but also occasionally failed leading to its temporary “end” in 1987 Thankfully it had gained so much cultural traction by then it was only a matter of time before it regenerated into our consciousness once again Kistler covers not only the journey of the show but many of the tie in events and smaller elements that helped create an entire Whoniverse and kept the mad man in his blue box alive in our imaginations for than 50 years and countingThough not passionate in tone the sheer amount of work that obviously went into this history is a testament to the passion of Doctor Who fans and the information provided shows us why a television show that premiered to lackluster numbers the day after Kennedy’s assassination now holds a place of honor in hearts and minds five decades laterThe audio version that I listened to was narrated by the author who struggled a little at first but actually did a very good job

  2. says:

    This is a sufficient history of the show running from its roots up to the threshold of Peter Capaldi's tenure as the 12th Doctor People less familiar with the show's history will likely find it better than say the rabid fan who knows who Frobisher is and can recite that Doctor Who Magazine story where the 1st Doctor becomes Santa by heart I count myself in the second category obviously being a dedicated fan To me the book was just fine a little rushed perhaps and dwelling on things that could've been dwelt on a little Shoot the book could've been twice as long and still lacked detail but for a moderate audience survey it'll do Kistler got to interview uite a few actors from the show old and new and even the most diehard fan will be likely to learn something new Sadly few photos

  3. says:

    This was fantasticWhile this might not be entirely comprehensive considering the page count the amount of information covered is impressive This book is about 34 Classic Doctor Who which I loved As someone who has only had the opportunity to watch a few of the classic episodes I thoroughly enjoyed recaps of the most important and interesting stories I loved seeing how the character progressed and developed over the years It is amazing to find out how close the show came on several occasions to becoming something vastly different than the show we love today I would read some terrible idea and even though I knew it was never carried through it still got me a little fired upThis book really made me appreciate Doctors that I previously had very little interest in such as Colin Baker's Doctor The greatest part of this book is that you are moved by the amount of people who love it and how far it has come While the author mostly focuses on the television program he does mention the audio programs and other tie in medias The vastness of the Doctor Who universe is amazing and helped remind me not to get so worked up about continuitywe'll see if I can stick to that revelationThe tone of the book is very informative and objective but is also filled with tons of great uotes from both the actors and the charactersOverall this was a great look into the past of Doctor Who and the Classic series However if you are looking for details about the modern series look elsewhere this is NOT the book for you

  4. says:

    A look back at fifty years of Doctor Who profiling the tenures of each of the 13 Doctors you can't not count John Hurt despite what Nine through Twelve say their companions and their most notable adventures Most interesting to me were the tales of what happened behind the scenes what the early actors went through to immortalize a children's show how the BBC began to disown it as ratings slipped in the 1980's how the Eighth Doctor came to be and how the modern series finally got kicked off A really nice summary of one of my all time favorite shows

  5. says:

    Received a copy through the goodreads giveaway Very well written book that gave a lot of interesting behind the scenes information about why certain things took place with in the show and the reasons behind the various doctor switches i must read for any whovian

  6. says:

    This was a blast to read It read very uickly and was uite informative I've seen several Doctor Who interviews and behind the scenes and have read a few other 'about' books and there was still new information in here that I didn't know previously The author had an easy conversational manner about his writing almost like he is sitting down with you at a coffee house enjoying a latte and his love for the science fiction cultural phenomenon that is Doctor Who Each Doctor is given a fair amount of page time delving into how the actor was chosen for the role where he went to school and what other parts he had played in the past Companions are fleshed out as well and I enjoyed reading about Louise Jameson Elizabeth Sladen and others There's also uite a bit of talk about the producers and the writers and how they often struggled with ideas and rewrites clashes of opinion and keeping the show on the air Kistler also goes into specials and spin offs and current popular opinion of the show I really in particular feel bad for Colin Baker who got a raw deal behind the scenes a horrible outfit due to the flamboyant producer and terrible scripts from writers who just didn't like him personally I also never realized how much the show was struggling to stay current and afloat all through the 1980's The other thing that stuck in my craw was how much better The Five Doctors movie could have been had it not been strangled and stymied by the producer John Nathan Turner I wasn't aware of how many potentials and could have beens there were in the Whoniverse only to be crushed behind the scenes before anyone could see it On a positive note it is very obvious who the author's favorite Doctor is Paul McGann He constantly uotes him and attempts to bring him into the conversation whenever possible as well as having an entire chapter devoted to the 8th Doctor expanded universe stories via BBC novels all 73 of them which Kistler has surely read as he summarized the over arching plots and the huge library of audioplays mentioning Zagreus several times one of McGann's best As Doctor 8 is one of my favorites I can't say I blame him and that certainly added to the reading experience for me The only downside to reading this? It was published in 2013 before the 50th Anniversary special as Kistler is unaware of The Doctor gaining a new set of regeneration cycles and of course the knowledge of who is Doctor 12; Peter Capaldi I almost wish he would write several new chapters and re release the book so it is completely up to date I would recommend this book to anyone who has watched Doctor Who in the past and is curious about the history the actors and how the program has changed over the years Absolutely an enjoyable ride and one I will probably re visit in the future

  7. says:

    I listened to the audio book read by the author and it was a fantastic informative trip into the past Sure that was a timey whimey reference It was super fun and contained a lot of great info that I didn't even know about the history of the show I highly recommend if you're a fan of the show past and present ;

  8. says:

    For such a short book this really managed to cover a LOT I'm not ordinarily big on Non fiction or biographies so I was surprised at how much I truly enjoyed reading this at least half of my ebook is highlighted and bookmarked for easy reference because I am a Ravenclaw and that's how we express literary affection I was late on the Harry Potter train too but when I got going I STUDIED those books than any school text book lolThis book was fantastic I love knowing the history of the show especially because I only recently became a Whovian which I'm sure ALL of my school teachers and university lecturers can be really glad about else I would have pulled a David McDonald Tennant and tried to pass off Doctor Who fan fiction art work for all school projects They were subjected to the Matrix instead I knew most of the dialogue off by heart anyway so drama class was easy in that regard Luckily for my educators I was born in 1989 when the show was cancelled and remained mostly unaware of it until after I was done with my education I also have to gripe a bit because I happened to get obsessed with the show just as they announced taking a bloody year's break from production I'm sorry fellow Whovians it breaks both my hearts but I'm your bad luck charmI absolutely devoured this book it was well written and obviously well researched by a big fan with actual interviews from most of the surviving actors It was something that I literally could not put down until 6am when I decided to leave the last 20% for the next day Unfortunately I was reading the ebook and failed to notice the last 15% of the book is basically an index so I was terribly disappointed when I resumed reading I still have too many feelings to adeuately describe here especially about the struggle to get New Who started but I am so much appreciative of Chris Eccleston we only bonded in the Dalek episode before that I nearly gave up on the show Without Chris' ultimately fantastic take on the role and a very determined production team David would probably never have had the chance to realise his ultimate dream to play The Doctor and the world would have missed out on stellar performances by Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi

  9. says:

    This is a concise straightforward story of the Doctor Who TV show from its beginnings in the early 1960's up through the casting of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor The show has had its ups and downs through the years particularly the 1990's but interest in it lasted through magazines comics novels and audiobooks So it wasn't really a surprise when the BBC brought it back in 2005Nice biographical sketches of the actors who've played the Doctor along with those who played his various companions A good introduction for Who newbies and a nice source for others like me who have followed the show for decades

  10. says:

    This was a really interesting and informative book And there were a lot of times where I actually laughed out loud But I did listen to the audio book along with reading the book and I really hated the audio book Which is awful to say because it was narrated by the author but he was really monotone I don't appreciate monotone

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