Thursday, 19 April 2012

Merchandise Review - Eleventh Doctor Companion Volume 5

Volume 5 of this fantastic magazine series by "Doctor Who Magazine" takes us from "The God Complex" to "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe" and also includes two extras: "The Doctor Who Experience" and "The Crash of the Elysium".

84 pages of information - jam packed with photographs, some of which I've certainly never seen before - and all the usual features such as production/location details, connections, storylines, shooting script and, of course, lots of interviews.

This magazine is a godsend in so many ways - location-ites for example will love the detail, not only about where episodes were filmed but also when and who exactly was at the location in question. It's literally step by step - and for me, one of the best things is finding out how the episode changes from the initial script to the final edited episode. Details of draft scripts are included, together with which scenes were inserted later - such as in "The Wedding of River Song" when Producer Marcus Wilson felt that Amy's killing of Kovarian wasn't strong enough punishment for the character. Steven Moffat, therefore, decided to make it rather cruel - with Amy effectively killing her in cold blood.

The sheer amount of detail - and incredible quality of the photographs - make this a must buy. You can pick up a copy at most newsagents, order it online from The Who Shop or ring The Who Shop on 0208 471 2356. The magazine is priced at £4.99.