Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter

Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter

by Benjamin Cook, Russell T Davies

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Overview

For this new edition of The Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook expand their in-depth discussion of the creative life of Doctor Who to cover Russell's final year as Head Writer and Executive Producer of the show, as well as his work behind the increasingly successful Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures spin-offs. Candid and witty insights abound throughout two years' worth of correspondence, covering David Tennant's last episodes as the Doctor and the legacy that Russell and David leave behind as a new era of Doctor Who begins.

With over 300 pages of new material, and taking in events from the entire five years since the show's return in 2005, The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter is the most comprehensive - and personal - account of Doctor Who ever published.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781448141371
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 03/31/2013
Series: DOCTOR WHO , #78
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 736
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Russell T Davies is one of the UK's foremost writers of television drama, creating groundbreaking shows such as Queer As Folk, Bob&Rose, and The Second Coming. He has been Head Writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who since it returned to the BBC in 2005 and has written many of the new series' most memorable episodes. He was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to drama. He divides his time between Cardiff and Manchester.

Benjamin Cook is a journalist and regular contributor to Radio Times and Doctor Who Magazine. He has also been published in TV Zone, Cult Times and The Stage and is the author of Doctor Who: The New Audio Adventures - The Inside Story. He lives in London.

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This book is a treasury of wit, of truthfulness, and of good sound storytelling sense, and well worth stealing from,The Doctor Who Annual for adults,You can douse all the other books about Who in lighter fuel and spark up your Zippo - this is all you need

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This book is a treasury of wit, of truthfulness, and of good sound storytelling sense, and well worth stealing from,The Doctor Who Annual for adults,You can douse all the other books about Who in lighter fuel and spark up your Zippo - this is all you need

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Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful behind-the-scenes look at Doctor Who a great look at how RTD writes (which is both heartening and not), and a nice slice of life biography of one of the best writers in television today, all rolled into one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is awesome
hairballsrus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A MUST READ FOR FANS OF THE NEW DOCTOR WHOThis is a fantastic look backstage at the creation of Season Four of the new Who and the series of TV Specials that spanned the year between Doctor Ten (David Tennant) and Doctor Eleven (Matt Smith). It's told completely in a series of emails between the head writer of DW-Russell T. Davies and a writer for Doctor Who Magazine, Ben Cook. I found so many things I could relate to as Davies described the writing process: the procrastination, the late night work schedule, the characters talking in his head, the massive span of the Maybe. There's lots of eureka moments revealed: so many so THAT's why they told it that way epiphanies! It's amazing how many things now accepted as the only way to tell a story were made up at the last minute to fill a hole in the original plot! Being the head writer, I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised by how much control Davies had over the other writers product, but my heart still went out to them when he ripped apart their scripts. One writer lost their story after over a year of development, although, now that I've seen previews for Season Five, it looks like it found a new home with the new Doctor. Russell Davies is above all things-a fanboy-and he insists he did it all for the good of the show. Argue all you like about his writing style and choices, but he did make DW a success and get it back on the air after a long absence. His trivia knowledge alone makes it obvious he was a great choice for head writer. The Doctor has been very important to him for a very long time. It's a very frank memoir and reveals so much about the control of the DW empire and Davies himself, not to mention all those trips to Tesco each morning! Thank you for letting us inside your head. And good luck in LA!One negative point: Having bought the extended version with two years of emails as opposed to one, the paper binding isn't really up to the task of 700+pages. I'd like to refer back to the book as I rewatch Season Four, but I'm afraid I'll break the spine! Perhaps a hardback edition for the American side of the pond would be in order.
pauliharman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Detailed and revealing insight into the mind of the Doctor Who showrunner for series 3 and 4. Equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking, this is a tale of a writer struggling with dealines and a producer struggling with budgets and other considerations, all told in a series of emails.
baroquem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The content is excellent, but I rate this edition just a little bit lower than the first because the paperback binding, cheaper paper, and lack of color headings really does detract from the overall effect.
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