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January 29th, 2010 16 comments

Radio Times Collectors Edition – Review

Radio Times Collectors Edition – Review.

A 164-page glossy tribute to Doctor Who 2005-2010

“It’s hard to imagine when Doctor Who wasn’t a Saturday-night fixture. But back in 2005, the idea of resurrecting a defunct sci-fi drama, some 16 years after the series had limped off our screens, was a serious gamble.

It had become a byword for wobbly sets and dodgy monsters.

But Radio Times sniffed the air and put faith in the inspirational leadership of Russell T Davies, the new Doctor Who supremo.

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This 164-page special is a testament to that wise decision to get right behind the regenerated series. I do hope you enjoy our fabulous coverage of the wonderful cast, creatures and the incomparable David Tennant who all made Saturday nights special again.”
Ben Preston, Editor Radio Times

Back in December The Radio Times announced a Doctor Who souvenir book. For those of you who have already ordered this you are in for a treat, for those who haven’t we can thoroughly recommend it…

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This is much more than a book just full of pictures (although there are plenty of them). Each Radio Times cover, starting with “Rose” from 2005 right up to David Tennants last cover, “Death of a Doctor” is represented with a high quality glossy original image. There is also a forward by Russell T Davies and a short synopsis for every episode from each series along various quotes from the Main Actors, quest stars and production crew.

All of this you would perhaps expect but this souvenir book goes much further…

“we were effectively space police, but we’re heavy -duty. It was fun stomping down corridors with people being terrified”

Ken Hosking, Judoon Actor

It then goes on with in-depth features and pictures from behind the scenes such as the Tardis Construction, special effects and in particular many fascinating articles and images on prosthetics and make up.

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“It’s quite frightening coming into Who- like running alongside a speeding train”
Christopher Ryan, General Stall

The quality and wealth of pictures is superb with many full page and previously unseen images present as well as familiar favourites. Many of these are also unspoilt by wording as so often happens and there are several double page spreads, with Davros and The Master/Doctor image form last of the Timelords being of particular note.

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“If The Sarah Jane Adventures had existed when i was eight, and fourth Doctor Tom Baker had come in for an episode, I’d have thought it was the coolest thing on Earth”
David Tennant

And for Sarah Jane fans there are a couple more “wedding pictures” of Elisabeth Sladen and David Tennant in the Tardis as well as the image already seen.

All in all this book comes highly recommended – you won’t be disappointed.

Please note this has sold out, we will leave the information Just in case there is a re run.

This book will not be in the shops – available only through an order form in Radio Times magazine or via their 24-hour order line 0844 543 9822 (calls cost 5p per minute at all times from a BT landline).

The book is £6.99 and includes free P&P.

On another note the Radio Times have put up a video and pictures of the recent Covers party some of which feature David Tennant. You can see them all Here


16 comments

  • apple pinapple

    December 17th, 2012 - 7:04am

    is it good

  • debzannclarke

    September 17th, 2012 - 4:58pm

    I bought mine as soon as they were advertised… have had a look and their are people selling them on ebay for 40 plus pound… good grief how could you sell it, it is a collectors edition and is totallly priceless…

  • Pete

    February 11th, 2010 - 9:10pm

    Fantastic – but would you agree some of the pictures are a bit too dark!

    petty complaint really -Ive ordered my 10th special I wonder if I’ll get it ! (never mind I’ve got the original – cor must be old)

  • The Wanderer

    February 6th, 2010 - 10:09am

    Got mine this morning and i am totality surprised at the content and quality of this, brilliant for £6.99.

    Like others i am disappointed not to be able to get the 10th anniversary print which sold out before i even new about it.

  • Timmeroo

    February 5th, 2010 - 8:27pm

    In addition to my last post, I would also point out that the publishers in their infinite wisdom have opened the floodgate for fraudsters to instantly copy the 10th Anni Edition and filter it out via the likes of E-bay. They would know the potential of this reprint and who would know if they were buying the genuine reprint or a facsimilie of same. The publishers of this Edition have really shot themselves in the foot with this one, with the potential loss in revenue. Better they get more printed off and get what they can back now rather than later.
    I can only decribe this as a merchandising cock-up of the first degree!

  • Timmeroo

    February 5th, 2010 - 2:58pm

    I recieved mine this mid morning. I phoned about the 10th anni reprint and got a message saying all 350 had been taken up. Not surprised and damn annoying for those who don’t get the chance to get a copy. Why only 350 copies and why £7.99 for an already cost-paid (in 1973)formulated publication of 60+ pages where the 2005-2010 special of 160+ pages cost £1 less. Exhortion isn’t the word for it, its daylight robbery and it is also pandering to the rarity mkt, who’ll sell on at 2-4 times the price viz. copy already on e-bay at £19+. Surely they are well aware of how popular the progranmme is and could have easily had a 2000 print run and still been quids in at say fiver a copy.

  • T.D.

    February 5th, 2010 - 2:18pm

    Mine has arrived this morning, Its spectacular. and worth every penny.

  • BooBoo

    February 5th, 2010 - 2:16pm

    The books are being sent out now and some people are staring to receive them so shouldn’t be to long now

    I understand they are sold out now.

  • Rachel Cohen

    February 5th, 2010 - 1:09pm

    I ordered my copy on 2nd January and am still waiting for it.

  • Peter

    February 4th, 2010 - 9:18am

    I got mine this morning and would totality back up what’s been said here, its gorgeous.

  • Alex

    February 1st, 2010 - 3:23pm

    Wow i cant get wait to get mine, it sounds like a good read.

  • Scott

    February 1st, 2010 - 2:49pm

    So copies are now being posted out, yeah?

  • alison

    February 1st, 2010 - 11:28am

    posted to littiers by doctor who on today
    from alison xxx
    x

  • Scott

    February 1st, 2010 - 11:17am

    I wonder when this will reach us. I pre-ordered it on Boxing Day and have yet to receive my copy.

  • Alfie

    January 29th, 2010 - 5:08pm

    Looks gr8!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Simon

    January 29th, 2010 - 1:43pm

    Wow this sounds fabulous, i didn’t realise there would be so much in it.

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