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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale

I heard about this new book by Doctor Who writer/producer Russell T. Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook on the BBC Breakfast Show this morning. I've immediately added it to my list of 'must-read' books when it is published on 25 September.

I am just about old enough to have watched Doctor Who from the very beginning, and it's a show I will always have a great deal of affection for. It gave me a life-long interest in science fiction, and undoubtedly inspired some of my own writing.

Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale covers, I gather, a year in the life of the series, as told by the show's Head Writer and Executive Producer. Here's an extract from the description at

...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 scenes; 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 Benjamin'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 & 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.

Even allowing for the hype, this book sounds like essential reading for anyone interested in TV scriptwriting (and Doctor Who fans, of course!). Anyway, I've added image links below to the title on and for those who would like to find out more.

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Anonymous Katie said...

If you want to have a look inside the book, have a look at - you can also download six Doctor Who series four shooting scripts.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for the info, Katie!

4:52 PM  

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