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About Time 7: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who

(About Time #7)

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This volume will cover the first two years of the new series. About Time Vol. 7 continues an examination of the real-world social-political context in which each Doctor Who story was made, this time focusing on Series 1 and 2 of the revamped series (2005 to 2006) starring Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. Essays in this volume include: Why Now? Why Wales?; RT Phone ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Mad Norwegian Press (first published 2013)
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Sammy
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
My first thoughts on reading the wonderfully dense "About Time 7":

* How brilliant must (the admittedly brilliant) Tat Wood think himself if he needs to provide dozens of witty references that require a footnote for the reader to understand?
* Why did the writers commit to including the foreign titles of every episode, when they're largely just the same phrase translated and, when they're not, we don't get English re-translations to explain? (Wouldn't it just have been simpler to point out the rar
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2230815.html[return][return]As I had hoped, this is an in depth and critical look at the first two years of New Who, the time of Rose Tyler as a regular companion. It's the seventh volume of the superlative About Time series, and it's difficult to imagine anyone producing a better survey of the period. (Phil Sandifer's book on this, when it comes out, will also be on the must-have shelf, but he is pursuing a different intellectual project and anyway his chapters are ...more
Michel Siskoid Albert
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been nursing About Time 7 for months, but when I stopped reading while walking to work, it just slowed things down. The latest volume in a series of critical (and unauthorized) guides to Doctor Who, it covers Series 1 and 2 of the new series in some 460 dense pages. The first six volumes were often dismissive of the new series, so there was some concern volume 7 would have too strong a bias to be useful, but Lawrence Miles' absence, letting Tat Wood author it alone, has produced a more bala ...more
Jessica Nelson
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who is a series of books devoted to dissecting Doctor Who. The series began in 2004 with the very first seasons of the Doctor Who series, and is a work in progress that will presumably continue for the duration of the show. Although the books are also mentioned from time to time, the About Time series concentrates most heavily on the televised series and movies. This review focuses on the seventh volume, Series 1 & 2, aired in 2005 and 2006.

Tat Wo
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Oscar
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
A really interesting and thorough good to the first two series of the new Doctor Who. The book goes in depth through each episode, breaking it up into things like Firsts and Lasts, Critique, Production, and more, not skimping on any of them. Perhaps my favourite is the Things That Don't Make Sense section.

But even more than the main bulk of the book I like the accompanying essays, which are very well written and about interesting topics, from funny ones like Is Arthur the Horse a Companion? (whi
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Daniel Kukwa
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I certainly don't agree with every opinion in this volume (and Tat Wood's vendetta against "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit" alternates between ridiculous & hilarious), but it's a book that is drug-like in its addictiveness. The entire "About Time" series is an amazing analytical achievement, and this volume was, perhaps, the most anticipated of them all. It was certainly worth the wait...and it was worth staying up half the night to devour it.
Merric Blackman
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the strangest things about "About Time 7" is that you get the feeling that whoever was writing the critiques of the episodes didn't actually like the show very much. The book is a wonderful resource on the lore and context of each episode of the 2005 revival of Doctor Who, but it often feels mean-spirited.
Philip Boyes
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Indispensable as ever, but they're not half as much fun to read since Lawrence Miles stopped.
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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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  • 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 8: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Series 3)
  • About Time 9: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Series 4, the 2009 Specials)
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