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About Time 3: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 7 to 11) [2nd Edition] (About Time #3)

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In the About Time 3 Second Edition, Tat Wood vastly expands upon the discussion of the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who, bringing this installment of the About Time series up to the size and elaborate depth of its fellows. All told, this Second Edition has nearly three times the material of its predecessor. New essays in this edition include The Daemons: What the Hell Are The ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Mad Norwegian Press (first published 2004)
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Jon Arnold
Jul 24, 2014 Jon Arnold rated it liked it
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In which Tat Wood does his best to prove that less is more.

The original edition of this was the first in the About Time series. At the time it was a fresh approach for Who guidebooks, which had tended to default to the template set in The Discontinuity Guide. This sought to delve into the fiction of the series with the same rigour that Andrew Pixley investigated production details. And at the heart of it were two of the cleverest men in fandom, walking encyclopaedia Tat Wood and the always provo
Nicholas Whyte
"[return][return]I read the first edition of this two years ago, since when it has been sitting on the shelf with the other volumes of this superb series of handbooks to Doctor Who, looking a bit thin in comparison with its fellows. This second edition is massively expanded from the first, with most of the new material simply being more of the same excellent analysis of the programme's context (in this case the early 1970s) plus a lot more analytical ess ...more
Siskoid Albert
Jan 17, 2012 Siskoid Albert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mad Norwegian's About Time series is the most in-depth critical resource on Doctor Who. Each book gives you facts on characters, monsters, planets and the production, as well as critiques, contextual explorations and nitpicking. In addition, there are essays on various subjects the tie into the mythology of the entire show. The series started with Vol.3, presumably because the Pertwee era was a better seller than the black and white worlds of the first and second Doctors, but ironically, because ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Though third in chronological sequence, this was the first of the About Time series published, covering precisely the years of Jon Pertwee as the third Doctor, and almost as precisely the years of Barry Letts as producer and Terrance Dicks as script editor. It's a huge change of setting for the show with almost two thirds of the 24 stories - including the whole of the first Pertwee season - set on contemporary Earth with the UNIT team. (Compa ...more
Sep 21, 2010 Sammy rated it it was amazing
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A very enjoyable and fascinating addition to the 'About Time' series. A love of this era really comes through, and the information about these five years of the show, and the real world that surrounded them, is a worthwhile read. Looking forward to number 4, once I've watched some Tom Baker episodes!

Expanding on my original (tiny) review: the Pertwee era has a number of fans and many detractors, and it's clear that the sentiment is somewhat split by the authors. (Although Tat Wood took control f
Sep 08, 2007 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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No, I didn't watch the entirety of the Third Doctor's Tenure (and read the accompanying book) in the one month since I finished About Time 2. Apparently when the writers first started putting out the About Time series, they had no idea if the books would be successful or if they would be a big flop. So instead of starting with the guidebooks at the beginning, focussing on the less well-known first two Doctors of the black-and-white era, they began the guidebook series with the color era, pushed ...more
May 07, 2015 Nina rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the volumes on Hartnell and Troughton, but I really wish I had purchased the first edition of the Pertwee volume rather than the (ridiculously bloated) second edition. As another reviewer here put it, Tat Wood has provided the world with an excellent example of why the phrase "less is more" was invented. The extra essays in the Hartnell and Troughton volumes were entertaining and/or informative. Most of the extra essays and copious end notes in this volume are unnecessary and th ...more
May 23, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing
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I haven't read the first edition of this text,but the second edition is probably the most jam-packed and lovingly detailed volume in this jam-packed and lovingly detailed series. I get the distinct impression that Jon Pertwee is "Tat Wood's Doctor", so to speak, and a real love for the series and for British popular culture of the 1970s in general shines through.

This book also reminded me how many Pertwee stories I've yet to see. I'm looking forward to going back and consulting this book again
Daniel Kukwa
May 08, 2012 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was amazing
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This is the expanded edition of volume 3...out of a set of 6 utterly fabulous analysis & opinion works on "Doctor Who". It's always fascinating, occasionally infuriating, and usually thought-provoking...all around, an excellent read AND an excellent media critique.
Bill Sweet
Sep 29, 2010 Bill Sweet rated it it was amazing
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I love this series! I wish someone would write a guide this thorough, brainy, and irreverent about Star Trek. I read it as a get to see a new story, and find myself laughing out loud at some of the observations. Awesome.
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Tat Wood is co-writer (with Lawrence Miles) of the About Time episode guides to the television series Doctor Who. This book series, begun in 2004, emphasises the importance of understanding the series in the context of British politics, culture and science. Volume Six is entirely Wood's work.

Wood has also written for Doctor Who Magazine. In a 1993 edition of "Dreamwatch", he wrote a piece entitled
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Other Books in the Series

About Time (7 books)
  • About Time 1: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 1 to 3)
  • About Time 2: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 4 to 6)
  • About Time 4: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 12 to 17)
  • About Time 5: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 18 to 21)
  • About Time 6: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 22 to 26, the TV Movie)
  • About Time 7: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Series 1 and 2)

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