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Doctor Who - The Writer's Tale

The Untold Story of the BBC Series

By Russell T. Davies,Benjamin Cook

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| Hardcover | 9781846075711

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"Writing isn' just a job that stops at six-thirty...It's a mad, sexy, sad, scary, obsessive, ruthless, joyful, and utterly, utterly personal thing. There's not the writer and then me; there's just me. All of my life connects to the writing. All of it Continue

"Writing isn' just a job that stops at six-thirty...It's a mad, sexy, sad, scary, obsessive, ruthless, joyful, and utterly, utterly personal thing. There's not the writer and then me; there's just me. All of my life connects to the writing. All of it." A unique look into the BBC's most popular family drama, Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale is a year in the life of the hit television series, as told by the show's Head Writer and Executive Producer. A candid and in-depth correspondence between Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, the book explores in detail Russell's work on Series Four, revealing how he plans the series and works with the show's writers; where he gets his ideas for plot, character and scene; how actors are cast and other creative decisions are made; and how he juggles the demands of Doctor Who with the increasingly successful Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures spin-offs. Russell's scripts are discussed as they develop, and Russell and Ben's wide-ranging discussions bring in experiences from previous series of Doctor Who as well as other shows Russell has written and created, including Queer As Folk, Bob and Rose, and The Second Coming.
The reader is given total access to the show as it's created, and the writing is everything you would expect from Russell T Davies: warm, witty, insightful, and honest.Fully illustrated with never-before-seen photos and artwork - including original drawings by Russell himself - The Writer's Tale is a not only the ultimate Doctor Who book, but a celebration of great writing and great television.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Assolutamente da leggere per tutti i fan della nuova serie di Doctor Who: nonostante il volume (e l'inglese XD) l'ho letteralmente divorato, godendo di ogni aneddoto, di ogni "follia" daviesiana e doctoriana.

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    hipopo said on Jul 13, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    I postponed reading this book for a while (I thought I had other, better, things to read), until a couple pf weeks ago, I finally decided to get stuck in that marvellous world of aliens and Doctors created by Russel T. Davies.
    I was truly shock ...(continue)

    I postponed reading this book for a while (I thought I had other, better, things to read), until a couple pf weeks ago, I finally decided to get stuck in that marvellous world of aliens and Doctors created by Russel T. Davies.
    I was truly shocked. I'm not a great non-fiction lover, and although I do love Doctor Who, I didn't expect much from this book. I was wrong.
    It is such a clever, honest book, that tells of the life, the mind and the genius of a writer in a year long e-mail interview. I'm now savouring it page by page, and I do recommend it to anyone, especially DW fans.

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    Monica said on Feb 24, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    You Must Buy This

    More than 500 pages in three days (or better, nights). This is the best non-fiction book I have ever read. It's not a behind-the-scenes book, it's not a biography, it's not a "how-to-write" book and it's not a collection of letters. It's all of these ...(continue)

    More than 500 pages in three days (or better, nights). This is the best non-fiction book I have ever read. It's not a behind-the-scenes book, it's not a biography, it's not a "how-to-write" book and it's not a collection of letters. It's all of these combined, but much, much more. And more than "behind-the-scenes", it's a "behind-the-mind". It's like a journey in the mind of Russell T. Davies. And it's not what you'd expect. At all.

    So if you're a writer, you intend to write anything ever... and/or you're a Doctor Who fan, this is not A book, this is THE book.

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    Laz said on Oct 9, 2008 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 512 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 1846075718
  • ISBN-13: 9781846075711
  • Publisher: BBC Books
  • Publish date: 2008-09-25
  • Dimensions: 258 mm x 1,225 mm x 1,612 mm
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