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.(That description is for the first book published, but The Final Chapter — as seen on the left — is the second installment. It includes the whole first book plus 300 more pages of content as Russell wrote his final special episodes for Doctor Who.)
First of all, this is not a book about How To Write. Russell even says so himself in the emails he has with Ben. This is an open and honest glimpse inside the head of one of the greatest TV writers (in my opinion) of all time.
The very first thing that caught me about this book was how Russell’s voice jumps off the page. He’s hilarious and insightful and I don’t care what he’s writing about, I could read it FOREVER and never lose interest. His voice is just that strong. And in nearly 700 pages of emails and text messages, NEVER ONCE did this book drag.
I found myself (more than once) literally laughing out loud, worried I’d wake Super Spawn because I couldn’t stop laughing at what was on the page. As a writer, there was so much of this book I could relate to — watching the in-the-moment feelings of writing something new of a writer of Russell’s caliber, and seeing the same fears and anxieties that I have is…well, enlightening to say the least.
And as a Doctor Who fan, it adds a whole new depth of understanding to the stories and the workings of the show itself.
I can honestly, and without hesitation, say that this is the best book I’ve ever read about writing. Ever. Bar none. And it skyrocketed it’s way up there to be one of my Favorite Books Ever. That’s pretty huge.
There isn’t a better word to describe this book than BRILLIANT. It’s hilarious and inspiring and heartfelt and so, so much more.
I really can’t recommend it enough. Just ask Erinn, I’ve been gushing about it for a week as I was reading it.