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Script Doctor: The Inside Story of Doctor Who 1986-89

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In this book, former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel offers a frank and revealing view of his time on the program. For fans, this book is a unique insight into an area of the show's history that has previously been shrouded in mystery. For those with a wider interest in the creative processes of television drama, it is a fascinating account of the individual's crea ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Reynolds & Hearn
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Justin  K. Rivers
Out of the many books I've read about Doctor Who, this is the finest memoir. Cartmel was the groundbreaking script editor of the show during the final three years of its original incarnation, and kept detailed diaries during this time. What results is a book that captures, with specificity and minute details and sensory perceptions, the production of Doctor Who from one of the most critical, if rarely seen, viewpoints.

The way the show was organized is somewhat different from current practices.
Sean Kavanagh
I'm not a die hard Who fan, but I liked MIWK's JNT book a lot, so thought I would give this a go. Unfortunately its a big disappointment. The book goes thru each story of the 86-89 series, but doesn't really settle into a style - its neither biography or behind the scenes - but a mish-mash of both. And it does neither very well. The anecdotes are tame, or teased at and not revealed - almost as if the author is saving the good stuff for another book.
If you like the final years of a certain show then you'll be equal parts intrigued and amused at this book, which lapses into a milder more heterosexual version of that JNT book at times ("and then I snogged a Red Kang in the BBC lift"), made me think about how good some of the scripts were and how the execution was a big issue, and how Pip & Jane were really as bad as we thought they were all along. A pretty good account of those years of Doctor Who.
James Gent
Very insightful and evocative inside account of how Doctor Who became fresh and imaginative again and in tune with '80s pop culture, in the face of institutional indifference. It's like you're actually there. A fascinating chapter in the series' evolution, brought to life.
A great book, and an interesting view into what was imo some of the best but underrated of this classic TV series, would love to see more from Mr Cartmel :)
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