This was published late last year, after the end of the second series, but well before the Christmas Special. I bought it at half price after Christmas, but now I’ve actually read it, I can say that I wouldn’t have felt cheated if I’d paid full price.
The book is a behind the scenes look at how Doctor Who came back, with lots about the cast, visual effects, costumes, make-up and much more, together with guides to each episode in the first two series. Most of the content comes from interviews with cast, writers, directors and crew, so it really is the inside story, or at least an inside story, as Russell T Davies points out in his afterword. Everyone has their own recollections of who did what and who said what
I didn’t say that, Julie/Phil/Ed/Dalek Sec did
Some of the quotes are taken (with permission) from episodes of Doctor Who Confidential, so there is an odd feeling of familiarity from time to time, but it’s nice to have all this background information in one book. And Gary Russell must have done something right, as after writing the book, he was taken into the team as a script editor.
Worth a look if you’re interested in Doctor Who, or indeed in how television programmes get made these days. It’s a good companion piece to Doctor Who – The Legend Continues, and any fan of the series should enjoy it.