Doctor Who: A History

Airing the day after JFK s assassination, the first episode, An Unearthly Child, humbly launched one of the entertainment world s first super brands We begin with a look at the programming of the day and the original pitch documents for this family show before delving into the Daleks, which almost didn t make the cut After three years, 1st Doctor William Hartnell left,Airing the day after JFK s assassination, the first episode, An Unearthly Child, humbly launched one of the entertainment world s first super brands We begin with a look at the programming of the day and the original pitch documents for this family show before delving into the Daleks, which almost didn t make the cut After three years, 1st Doctor William Hartnell left, prompting the BBC to recast their hit rather than ending it, giving us the first regeneration and making television history We follow the succession of doctors including 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee, exiled to Earth with his Moriarty in The Master and see how the program reflected the feminism of the 1970s while gaining mainstream popularity with 4th Doctor Tom Baker until declining support from the BBC led to cancelation Yet millions worldwide continued to enjoy the Whoniverse in syndication, novels, audio dramas, comics and Doctor Who Magazine A new age dawned in 2005 with 9th Doctor Christopher Eccleston and a serious special effects budget 10th Doctor David Tennant helped rocket the series back to international popularity and a new era of spinoffs With Matt Smith as 11th doctor, the show has become a success here in America, where it was long considered just a cult classic Featuring discussions of the show s concepts and characters and interviews and insights from producers, writers, and actors from across the years current and former editors and writers of Doctor Who Magazine and the titular heroes themselves, here is a rich, behind the camera investigation into the dazzling multiverse of Doctor Who.
Doctor Who A History Airing the day after JFK s assassination the first episode An Unearthly Child humbly launched one of the entertainment world s first super brands We begin with a look at the programming of the day

  • Title: Doctor Who: A History
  • Author: Alan Kistler
  • ISBN: 9780762791880
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Doctor Who: A History”

    1. Books about Doctor Who are a cottage industry. This isn’t surprising, considering the scope of the show, its record-breaking timespan, and the ravenous nature of Whovians. There are hundreds of titles centered on and in the Whoniverse; most are fiction commissioned by the BBC as tie-in materials, while a great many others are unauthorized fan fiction and criticism. The rarest beast is the authorized non-fiction, of which this is a shining example.Doctor Who: A History is an authorized work, an [...]

    2. This was fantastic!While this might not be entirely comprehensive considering the page count the amount of information covered is impressive. This book is about 3/4 Classic Doctor Who, which I loved! As someone who has only had the opportunity to watch a few of the classic episodes I thoroughly enjoyed recaps of the most important and interesting stories. I loved seeing how the character progressed and developed over the years. It is amazing to find out how close the show came on several occasio [...]

    3. A look back at fifty years of Doctor Who, profiling the tenures of each of the 13 Doctors (you can't not count John Hurt, despite what Nine through Twelve say), their companions, and their most notable adventures. Most interesting to me were the tales of what happened behind the scenes: what the early actors went through to immortalize a children's show, how the BBC began to disown it as ratings slipped in the 1980's, how the Eighth Doctor came to be, and how the modern series finally got kicked [...]

    4. Received a copy through the giveaway. Very well written book that gave a lot of interesting behind the scenes information about why certain things took place with in the show and the reasons behind the various doctor switches. i must read for any whovian.

    5. For such a short book, this really managed to cover a LOT. I'm not ordinarily big on Non-fiction or biographies, so I was surprised at how much I truly enjoyed reading this - at least half of my ebook is highlighted and bookmarked for easy reference (because I am a Ravenclaw and that's how we express literary affection). [I was late on the Harry Potter train too - but when I got going, I STUDIED those books more than any school text-book, lol.]This book was fantastic, I love knowing the history [...]

    6. This is a concise, straightforward story of the Doctor Who TV show from its beginnings in the early 1960's up through the casting of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. The show has had its ups and downs through the years (particularly the 1990's) but interest in it lasted through magazines, comics, novels, and audiobooks. So it wasn't really a surprise when the BBC brought it back in 2005.Nice biographical sketches of the actors who've played the Doctor, along with those who played his various [...]

    7. This was a really interesting and informative book. And there were a lot of times where I actually laughed out loud. But I did listen to the audio book along with reading the book and I really hated the audio book. Which is awful to say because it was narrated by the author, but he was really monotone. I don't appreciate monotone.

    8. Why I enjoyed this book:I read this book because at age 70 I have finally become a fan of Dr. Who. My daughter-in-law and grandsons convinced me to give it a go, and I found I liked it a lot, but didn't understand a lot of the background. So this is how I chose to learn.

    9. Does what says on tin but that is just peachy. It is a fun read and fast with lots of random information. Having never seen any Classic Who, it was super fun to learn more about how the show was imagined, how it grew, and all of the tidbits about the various actors chosen for the role. As it stops at Matt Smith, it is even more interesting that the last chapter deals with the idea of a female Doctor and various actors takes on the concept. The same ones who have been 100% supportive of the casti [...]

    10. Un excelente libro para conocer la historia de la produccion de la serie DOCTOR WHO desde los 60s hasta su 50 aniversario. Sus inicios, los diferentes doctores y companions, los productores y directores. Todo contado en lenguaje ameno aunque casi ninguna imagen o foto de produccion. Los principales plots o arcos son tocados someramente, pues se hace enfasis en la produccion del show en si. Para fans acerrimos del Doctor Who.

    11. Could now be subtitled, "The First 50 Years." Wrapping up in 2013, mere months before the anniversary special, this book can only speculate on the identity of our most recent Doctor, and has of course no inkling of the next - though the ground is laid. Complete and easy to read for the curious, full of fun tidbits for fans.

    12. For the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Doctor Who, there’s no shortage of information available about the TV series (and one TV movie), up to and including BBC America’s entertaining Doctors Revisited documentaries. But as a fan of the show, I’d been looking for a more comprehensive history of the program. I hadn’t found any such book until I received an advance reading copy of Doctor Who: A History.Contrary to its subtitle, this book is actually two histories: the fictional his [...]

    13. ​Doctor Who: A History - Alan KistlerI originally downloaded this book thinking is would be a good, quick read about the history of a series that I am a casual viewer of. (Full disclosure: I started watching Doctor Who when it aired on the Sci-Fi channel, with the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, in the middle of the season.) As to a quick read: Was I ever wrong! This is a thick, dense book, with not many images (I thought were would be many set images.) Be warned: do not let the [...]

    14. For those with more than a nodding acquaintance of the good Doctor, or those who are neophytes and want to learn the backstory, this is a pleasant book that fills in the background details that will make the show all the more enjoyable by offering reference points. For those who are true fans and can quote bits of dialogue and story references with the best of them, this book will be much too general in nature.The writer provides a very high level overview of the series in its two incarnations, [...]

    15. Doctor Who: A HistoryLeading up to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary; Comic Book Historian and Doctor Who expert Alan Kistler decided to put together a history of the oldest running sci-fi show in television History.The book starts with the getting the show off the ground and ending with Matt Smith announcing that he would be leaving the show, this book beautifully constructs a history for Whovians who are more familiar with the modern show and don't know where to start if they want to go back and [...]

    16. I did not get into Doctor Who while growing up and even with the series reboot in the early 2000s, I largely avoided it. However, a friend got me to try Torchwood and I really enjoyed that towards the end. So I started to flirt with Doctor Who and was slowly making my way through the show. David Tennant was growing on me but I still wasn't sold on the show--it was something to have on in the background while playing games and such. Then, I listened to Alan Kistler's book and that changed pretty [...]

    17. I haven't been entertained by a non-fiction book like I was with this one, but of course, it's based on some fabulous fiction. A lighthearted read, this book is a good resource for anyone who has not and probably will not see the classic episodes and delve into the tie-in and spinoff media. It's got enough information to make you appreciate the layers and complexity of the newer seasons. It's a shame that this book was published before we learned anything of The War Doctor or Peter Capaldi's Twe [...]

    18. Thoroughly enjoyed this history of Doctor Who. From the pre-beginnings of Doctor Who to the announcement of the 12th (or 13th, depending on how you count them) Doctor, this book covers major story arcs, character developments and some interesting behind the scenes from one of my all-time favorite TV shows. I've been a fan of Doctor Who since the 70's. Tom Baker was my first and favorite, and I can still remember my first regeneration like it was yesterday. :) I think fans of the show, old and ne [...]

    19. As a Doctor Who fan I loved this. I've been trying to learn the history of the show and about what is now known as "Classic Who" and this was definitely wonderful for that. I feel it was a little "jumpy" in sections but that may be because I listened to the book rather than read it, there is always some disconnect when you listen to a book like this, and I feel that is why I rate it as a 4 rather than a 5. I will try to settle down and READ it in the future but audio was the best for me in the m [...]

    20. I 'read' the audio book version read by the author and if you're interested in 'reading' this I would highly recommend this format as the author gives some of the quotes spotted throughout the book life. This is an incredibly impressive book because the history of the show behind the scenes and on screen is such a complicated thing, it's wibbly wobbly timey whimey of coursebut the narrative gives a linear guide from 1963 to today but stops at appropriate places to tell you more about certain Doc [...]

    21. Kistler presents his history of Doctor Who in a rushed, barely-skim-the-surface manner. There is a lack of in-depth research, interviews, and commentary that made this book very frustrating for me. He hints at troubles between actors and management in just about every series, but fails to provide any true insights as to their nature. It's as if Kistler wants to keep his Fanboy Access status with all of the people behind-the-scenes and, therefore, leaves out anything that might be the least bit c [...]

    22. Who is The DoctorA good history of The Doctor, both behind-the-scenes and broadcast. Probably too basic for life long Whovians, but terrific for us Americans that didn't grow up with the program. The book begins with the creation of the program. Dramatized in the TV Movie An Adventure in Space and Time, the book gives more details and dispels some myths. Each Doctor has his own chapter, with general biographies of the actors. A comprehensive list of companions is also included. The book even giv [...]

    23. Finally - a Doctor Who book that indirectly blames John Nathan Turner for ruining the show! Kistler doesn't try to hide his own opinions; by constantly including quotes from people involved with the show's reactions to JNT's idiotic decisions, Kistler makes its intentions abundantly clear. Like not wanting the show's characters to demonstrate any emotions because it'd become too much like a soap operaor not using experienced TV writers to write TV showsor Colin Baker'swelljust Colin Baker.An INC [...]

    24. A wonderful history of the Doctor Who TV series. There's mention of the books and audio as well, but usually as an aside, or to support info about the television series. The telling sometimes just around a bit, but then again it almost has to. Mostly though, it is told chronologically, and includes info on writers, producers, etc as well as the actors. There is information on motivations on why things were done as they were, and why some acted/reacted as they did. The author quoted from many int [...]

    25. A concise and insightful recap of the celebrated BBC program's first fifty years. The book covers both prominent storylines and the stories behind them. It's largely chronological, spending 20-30 pages on each doctor. I found the production notes to be fascinating. There's also a fair amount of time spent on supporting efforts, including movies, novels and audio dramas. Although much of the emphasis is on the old series, that's understandable when you consider the book's size (269 pages) and the [...]

    26. I was dragged kicking and screaming into watching Doctor Who by my teenage daughter. She was obsessed and I thought she was CRAZY. Took a few episodes to get into it but once I did, oh man, was I in trouble. I've surpassed her obsession by leaps and bounds. Yep, I'm a Whovian. But being American, I have little to no knowledge of classic Who, so this book was interesting to me. Helped me understand a few things I didn't fully understand before. Very well written. I'm only 5 episodes away from fin [...]

    27. Great historyA fun book about a fun series, Kistler does a nice job going into the shows' history, behind the scene bits, why people were cast, almost we're Doctor Whos, and that sort of thing. I found the book engaging and easy to read, and, well, fun! Made me look up th old episodes of the series, I picked it up at the fourth doctor and never really saw Jon Pertwee's work or Peter Davison's, so I searched for old episodes on Netflix to appreciate them a bit more. So in that respect it the book [...]

    28. A well researched volume by an author who is obviously also a fan.As a fan who basically only was familiar with the "new" (2005 and forward) series, with a smattering of Doctor #4. I found it fascinating to not only have many blanks filled in as far as the plots and stories themselves but also to learn about the inner workings of the program and it's principals. Being an American the very existence of, for instance the audio dramas were unknown to me. I recommend the book to all Whovians or anyo [...]

    29. This is a fantastic book that chronicles "Doctor Who" from 1963 up to "The Name of the Doctor" prior to the 50th year episode. It's interesting to see how the culture shaped and changed the show. It's interesting to see how Classic Who and New Who aligned and how they were different. It is complete with quotes and interviews from various former Doctors as well as former employees that have worked on the show! Great and informative read for Whovians!

    30. This book looks at the 50 year history of the famous British sci-fi program. It not only gets into the details of the eleven Doctors that have been portrayed over the years, but also discusses much of the behind the scenes work that went into the show. The book also talks about the other versions of the show that have occurred, including comics and radio shows. A great read for any fan of the show!

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