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

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  42 Ratings  ·  10 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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Steve Needham
Nov 28, 2015 Steve Needham rated it really liked it
Shelves: bios, sci-fi
As someone who was obsessed with watching Doctor Who on my local PBS station every Saturday night as a kid, I've always been interested in reading behind-the-scenes accounts of the production. I was particularly inspired creatively by Andrew Cartmel's three seasons as script editor, so I was excited to read this book. It doesn't disappoint. Some people will be looking for more gossip than what is given. I'm glad it doesn't sink too far into that sort of thing. A quick interesting read for anyone ...more
May 26, 2016 Zachary rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I bought and read this in Nottingham in 2006. Just reread it ten years later to coincide with my complete DW rewatch finally reach the Seventh Doctor and the end of the Classic series. In 2006, I hadn't seen most of the stories Cartmel worked on. Now, of course, I have and it obviously makes a difference in how the book reads. It's a shame Cartmel and co. didn't get a fourth year on the show. The powerful 1 2 3 punch of Ghost Light, Fenric, and Survival suggest the show was really coming back to ...more
Shaun Collins
Sep 23, 2015 Shaun Collins rated it really liked it
A wonderfully engaging, inside look behind the scenes of Doctor Who in the late 80s. Andrew Cartmel writes a fantastic peek at what was. Unfortunately the tone of the first half of the book is very matter of fact, chaotic production notes and bits of exchanged dialogue from the principles associated with the shows being produced. It's the second half of the book that contains the meaty stories and thoughts of what was trying to be accomplished and wether or not Mr. Cartmel thought they succeeded ...more
Justin  K. Rivers
Mar 05, 2009 Justin K. Rivers rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2015 Sean Kavanagh rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 08, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it
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
Oct 11, 2014 James Gent rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 24, 2016 Magister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Matic
Feb 04, 2016 John Matic rated it it was amazing
Great read and freak details. Got my copy from the author himself ar Gallifrey One!
Dec 11, 2013 Stuart rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-who
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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