The Shooting Scripts


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Russell T Davies
Mark Gatiss
Robert Shearman
Paul Cornell
Steven Moffat
Helen Raynor
Elwen Rowlands
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BBC Books

In 2005, The Shooting Scripts was released by BBC Books.

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The planet Earth is drifting in space, silent, serene. Suddenly – the beep-beep-beep of an alarm clock.

With these words – the opening stage directions from Episode 1, 'Rose' – Doctor Who returned to our screens after an absence of 16 years. And what a return! The new series of Doctor Who has thrilled and captivated millions of viewers, with a fabulous cast, led by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, stunning sets and visual effects, and above all, wonderful scripts.

Filled with drama and emotion and crackling with wit and energy, the stories that launched Doctor Who into the twenty-first century are published here for the first time. This book presents the final shooting scripts for all 13 episodes, enabling you to relive the Doctor’s encounters with the monstrous Slitheen, Rose's disastrous attempt to save her father's life, the apocalyptic showdown with the Daleks, and all the other great moments from the 2005 series.

The scripts also gave a unique insight into how the writers visualised their stories, with descriptions of sets, hints about the characters' emotions, and ideas for specific shots. Introductions by the scriptwriters reveal their inspirations for each episode, as well as the practicalities of working to budgets and schedules, and any changes they had to make to bring their words to the screen.

With a foreword by lead writer Russell T Davies, explanatory notes on the scriptwriting process, and over 1000 screen grabs and photographs, this book is an essential companion to the 2005 series and a must for all fans of the new Doctor Who.

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