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Back to the Vortex: The Unoffical and Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who 2005 (Dr Who Telos) [Paperback]

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The adventures in time and space continue, as the Doctor and his faithful companion Rose Tyler travel time and space fighting evil, righting wrongs and saving the course of history. This is the ultimate guide to the newest adventures of the Doctor: an archive of information, review and commentary, from the press to the production to the fans, as the venerable Time Lord returns to television in 2005 in a thirteen-part series set to stun viewers and critics alike. Back to the Vortex unfolds as history happened, from the announcements to the press releases, casting calls, the highs and lows, and the start of production. Discover the background to the new series, through the eyes of the press, the commentators and fans; read about the casting of Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and one-time pop princess Billie Piper as Rose; and be there during the lead-up to the return of the traveling Time Lord to regular prime time television after sixteen years away. And as the show debuts, investigate the stories themselves, through detailed analysis, facts and figures, as well as extensive reviews and commentary with a panel of fans and aficionados spread across the world. This is the essential guide to the long awaited and anticipated return of the Doctor... and it's about time!

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Item Specifications...

Pages   423
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.11" Width: 5.83" Height: 1.26"
Weight:   1.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 17, 2005
Publisher   Telos Publishing
ISBN  1903889782  
ISBN13  9781903889787  

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Great reference, good background story  Mar 23, 2007
Long-time fan of the series, had to wait a year to get it on DVD in the states and this book is a perfect companion to the TV series. It offers several people reviewing and commenting on each episode, which made me think about the episodes in a new light.

About 1/2 of the book was the build-up and behnd the scenes stuff of how the series came back. I skimmed over some of it, I was more interested in the episode-by-episode, but this is a great reference for Series One and a nice perspective of how it was brought back in the UK, considering that I'm in the US and it gives me a glimpse into how things work on the other side of the pond.

If your a causal fan looking to know more, or a die-hard fanatic, definitely a good reference and an enjoyable read.
A "must" read and invaluable reference for all dedicated fans of Doctor Who  Mar 11, 2006
Back To The Vortex: The Unofficial And Unauthorized Guide To Doctor Who 2005 by J. Shaun Lyon presents the ultimate Dr. Who guide as a remembrance to future generations and what impact the beloved Time Lord had on society. Back To The Vortex paves the entire pathway of history of the British television series Doctor Who granting every desired detail to readers with thorough analysis of every episode and the deeper message depicted in each. Back To The Vortex is a "must" read and invaluable reference for all dedicated fans of Doctor Who.
Detailed  Feb 4, 2006
Shaun Lyon writes a painstakingly detailed summary of the lead up to the brand new series of Doctor Who. It's unlikely you will find out any great revelations here, but it's a thoroughly researched archival document. The second half is a nicely presented review of the first series including comments from guest reviewers.
A great reference book!  Dec 30, 2005
First off, it's big. Much larger than I thought it would be. And that's good. Doesn't it suck to go buy a book you wanted only to find out it's only 100 pages and some change? This is 423 pages! For it being so big, I actually read most of it pretty fast.

The book chronicles the trip from new Doctor Who as a pipe dream to the end of the first series and all the hoopla that went with it though press releases, news reports and internet gossip. It covers the development of the show, the casting, the first impressions and even the pirated version of "Rose".

It's a very strange thing reading about something that is so close to you. As editor for a Doctor Who Newsletter I read all this material as it happened, so most of the info in the book I knew already, but it was great reliving it. It totally took me back to the state of anticipation and nervousness I felt while waiting for the series to come out and while it was happening from the point of view of a fan.

The book also takes each episode in detail and has reviews by a wide number of people from fans to established writers. The reviews are interesting as they were written right after each episode aired, so there is speculation as to where this story fit and what was going to happen at the end. Though I would have liked to have seen a second review by each of the members after the season had ended to compare their first impressions and then how they felt later, but that's just me.

There is also the ratings info which show how many people watched each episode, which was interesting as the ratings would dictate whether there would be future seasons.

For me VORTEX is an indespensible guide to press and news surrounding the new show as it happened. I will be reading this in years to come, remembering the time fondly when all of this was happening. This is a great book.

Erik Engman, Editor of the "Intergalactic Enquirer"
Time Meddlers of Los Angeles
Extremely detailed account of Doctor Who 2005  Dec 29, 2005
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a big Dr Who fan. Of all the TV I've watched over my lifetime, I daresay Doctor Who is probably my favorite show of all time. Without boring you with the entire history here, the TV show went off the air in 1989 (after running for 26 years). There was an attempt to revive it in 1996, but it didn't get off the ground past a pilot movie. It finally returned to the TV in the spring of 2005. I was cautious, as I didn't know how the show would play out now, 16 years after it ceased being on the air. But I shouldn't have been worried, it was a tremendous success - was renewed for two more years after the one in 2005. The show was fabulous, and not just because there was new stuff. My wife, who abhors the show watched a few, and genuinely liked them.

The new series is where this book comes in. "Back to the Vortex" was written by an old friend of mine Jim Lyon (who now goes by the name Shaun Lyon). It's a superbly detailed behind the scenes story of the making of the new series from how it came about to the press on it's return, to the actual physical shooting, plus a lot more. It's got a level of detail that might overwhelm some readers. One part that almost bored me was the bits about shooting. As I don't live in Cardiff Wales, the acutal locations mean little to me. Several sections of the production areas of the book were "OK, filiming was done here, and they shot until the darnkess.." After several such lines like that, they all seemed to blur together. it's my only fault with the book.

After the book gets to the point of the show being on the air, it switches to programme guide mode, where each episode is broken down into several parts, it's an extremely detailed guide, offering both a factual, and opinionated look at the story in question. There's also an appendix discussing ratings, and other information.

If you like Doctor Who, and have been lucky enough to see the series (as of Dec 2005, it has yet to air anywhere in the US, nor are there any current plans to do so (on TV anyway, it comes out on DVD in Feb 06)), then you should check the book. Some of it reads like a reference guide, but I guess that's what the book is.

Also make sure and visit Lyon's Outpost Gallifrey website at, as it's by far the best Doctor Who site on the net.

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