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Doctor Who by Russell T. Davies
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Jan 06, 12

bookshelves: 2012-reads, doctor-who, memoir, nonfiction
Read from December 30, 2011 to January 06, 2012

A fun and insightful (if lengthy) read about scriptwriting and the production surrounding the final complete season of Doctor Who and the year of Specials. I always knew intellectually what an insane amount of work it must be to make Doctor Who, but I had no idea quite how insane and massive, all the thought that goes into every aspect from the show (and it's spin-off siblings, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood) from the basic plotting and structure of the show to press releases regarding unreleased episodes. The book is told chronologically through a series of e-mails between Doctor Who creator Russell T. Davies and Doctor Who Magazine writer Benjamin Cook. In the beginning, this format was a bit frustrating since it doesn't provide a lot of structure for what's being discussed. But the candidness of the Davies regarding his writing process and huge weight of simultaneously running three shows make up for this. He also writes with a fair bit of humor and doesn't take himself too seriously, making the read enjoyable despite it's length.
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