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ISBN13: 9781846075711
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A fascinating look at the creative life of the hit BBC series, Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale is executive producer Russell T. Davies' personal tour of the Doctor's universe. A unique collection of correspondence between Russell and writer Benjamin Cook, the book explores in detail Russell's work on Doctor Who Series 4, revealing how he plans the series and works with the show's writers. Fully illustrated with script pages, personal notes, and never-before-seen photos and artwork, The Writer's Tale is a love letter to television, and a fitting tribute to one of the most popular family dramas of all time.


The definitive story of how Doctor Who is made, by the show's executive producer

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 the 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, TV 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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Melanie Marie, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by Melanie Marie)
This book is an invaluable resource for writers. Familiarity with the Doctor Who universe is not necessary to glean much solid practical advice on plot, characters, pacing, and other technical concerns, in addition to being an unflinchingly honest portrayal of what Davies's goes through to get the right words on the page. For years I've wondered if I'm really meant to be a writer; how can anything that I resist so hard and agonize over so much be right for me? This book answered that question; I found it to be a minor miracle, a revelation, and a tremendous comfort. So often I hear writers talk about not being able to get through a day without writing, or how entire books poured from them in a matter of weeks. I'm not one of those writers, and apparently, neither is Davies. "The hardest part of writing is the writing," says Davies, and that's OK.
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Davies, Russell T.
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