Steven Moffat's Doctor Who 2010: the Critical Fan's Guide to Matt Smith's First Series (Unauthorized)

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Punked Books, 2011 - Doctor Who (Television program : 2005- ) - 224 pages
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At over 75,000 words, this is the most comprehensive analysis of Doctor Who series 5 produced so far. Steven Moffat's first series as showrunner for Doctor Who deserves such a thorough examination, as it is arguably the most intricate ever produced. Indeed, there were many innovations in 2010, with the successful introduction of the youngest Doctor ever (Matt Smith), and the contentious redesign of both the Daleks and the TARDIS. Steven Cooper and Kevin Mahoney discuss both these developments and the complex plotting in depth, drawing on their many years of Doctor Who knowledge. Their aim has been to provide constructive criticism of the 2010 series, giving praise where it is due while also pointing out the less successful aspects of the production. In addition to this, they examine the controversies surrounding the series, such as the complaints about the 'sexiness' of the Doctor's new companion, Amy Pond, in the British media. They also critique 'A Christmas Carol', and Russell T Davies' take on the Eleventh Doctor in The Sarah Jane Adventures. So much happened during series 5, with the overall threat posed by the cracks in the universe, that you really do need this indispensable guide to fully grasp the implications of all the events, and to discover the many obscure details that the authors bring to light.

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

Just what the doctor ordered (excuse the awful pun). Reading this book in the run up to the new season of Doctor Who has helped to revive my enthusiasm and made me realise how damned complex last year's season arc was! Now to watch the boxset over the next 12 days. Read full review


The Beast Below
Victory of the Daleks
The Time of Angels
Flesh and Stone
The Vampires of Venice
Amys Choice
The Hungry Earth
Cold Blood
Vincent and the Doctor
The Lodger
The Pandorica Opens
The Big Bang
A Christmas Carol
The Sarah Jane Adventures Death of

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About the author (2011)

Steven Cooper is a software developer and long-time Doctor Who fan, living in Melbourne, Australia.

Kevin Mahoney is an editor for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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