First impression: this is a fine hardback volume - well designed
and well presented. And it also appears to be full of meaty
goodness. Unfortunately, on closer inspection these 350 pages
are less satisfying than they initially promise.
scripts contained within its pages are the rehearsal versions,
complete with minor alterations. But what would have been
really interesting would have been the scripts as originally
submitted, especially the first draft of Revenge of the
Cybermen which is totally different from the transmitted
version. Not one word is the same - that's how different -
but it's not to be found here.
some of the notes about the commissioning and editing process
are quite interesting but it's hardly new. And although it's
nice to have the whole of the first Tom Baker season in print
in one book makes for a worthy tome but it could have been
so much more. If only the editors had given us what was not
recorded rather than a variant of what we already have on
script book is quite good but hardly indispensable.
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