Across Time and Space

By Tony Cross

An Unofficial Doctor Who Companion with and introduction from Daniel Hardcastle

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The Companions - A 40,000 word PDF that reviews every companion (precise number depending on how you define a 'Companion'. This is my list. Argue with me later!) And a 60,000 word PDF overview of the 8th Doctor (up to Big Finish's Stranded 4). Plus a signed first edition 800 page paperback, Tony's Excel spreadsheet, watch party invitations, your name (and the first episode you watched) printed in the book and the ebook.

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Hello Doctor Who fans, and welcome to our project page. We hope you like it . . .

Across Time and Space is a beautifully designed, 800-page paperback containing reviews of every televised Doctor Who story up to the present day. It is based on a blog called The Patient Centurion started by the writer Tony Cross in 2011, which now runs to over 200,000 words. The book includes an introduction from Doctor Who podcast host, Sunday Times bestselling author and all-round good guy Daniel Hardcastle.
 
 

It is an unofficial book not in any way associated with the BBC – this is project by a fan for the fan community. We hope it will encourage some fans to follow Tony's journey and start watching all 852 episodes in order.

After each review Tony has scored the story out of ten; there is also a space for readers to fill in their own scores. 

From Tony... 'Across Time and Space is a journey through all of televised Doctor Who. It began as a blog. I had decided to watch all of Doctor Who in order. Watching them in broadcast order allowed you to get into the rhythm of each era. You got used to the difference in style and pace of 60s TV compared to 70s TV and so on. Stories I thought I didn't like, I enjoyed immensely. Stories that were well-loved I sometimes struggled with. But I enjoyed all of them even when I didn't think they were great stories. There was always something you could enjoy. Even if a story made no sense. So, I thought it would be good to turn that blog into a book. A companion to Doctor Who

It's not meant to be the final say on anything. They're my opinions. But I wanted something that might encourage others to take up the journey. To dip back into the William Hartnell era. Or find out why Sylvester McCoy is hard done by. It's why there's a spreadsheet with the book: you too can map your progress, if you're that way inclined. 

And I don't expect people to agree with my opinions. Indeed, I'd be disappointed if you did. You can use this as a guide or read the blogs once you've watched the story and curse my foolishness or praise my perspicacity. You can mock my attempts to compare stories to Shakespeare plays. You can see through my blatant nostalgic love for Tom Baker and (almost) all his works. 

This is a book I want you to interact with. And if I can persuade anyone to love "The Web Planet" as much as I do then I think my work will be done.'

Who has designed the cover?

The cover is inspired by Romek Marber's classic 1960s work for Penguin's non-fiction imprint Pelican. It was designed by Unbound's art director Mark Ecob. He has over twenty years' experience as a book cover designer working with authors such as Iain Banks, Alexander McCall Smith, Roald Dahl, Barack Obama, Michael Palin and Terry Jones.

Will it differ from the blog?

Tony's blogs were written straight after watching the episodes - he will re-edit and tidy them all up. They will also be professionally copyedited and proofread.

How has Tony scored each episode?

From Tony... 'Every story starts off as a 5. That's the bog-standard score. Then points are added and deducted based on how much fun I find it and whether there's anything that annoys me about a story. Being boring is the cardinal sin. If a story is entertainingly rubbish it will probably have got a higher score than one that is solid but boring.'

How has he managed to review the lost episodes?

From Tony... 'I've watched through the Hartnell and Troughton eras twice. The first time around I listened to the audio only. Every Doctor Who story – by some miracle – exists on audio even if the video is missing. The second time around I used reconstructions, which are where fans have combined surviving footage, Telesnaps and audio to produce something that works as a visual. Plus the BBC have been releasing animated versions of some lost stories so where those are available I've watched them. 

I suspect in a few years they'll have animated every missing episode. Also, two stories – The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World - were rediscovered (minus one episode) in between my first watch and second as well as a couple of orphan episodes.'

 From Tony, 'I have a habit of creating Excel spreadsheets for everything. They also have a habit of expanding. I believe the phrase is "mission creep". This spreadsheet started off simply as a way for me to track what I owned and what I was missing on DVD. So, it was just: Production Codes, Story Title, Number of Episodes and What Existed in the Archive. I then added extra columns. Then when I started my journey through Doctor Who I added the boxes where I could put the date I last watched the episode. That way I could keep track of where I was. 

Then I started re-buying the Target books, the Virgin New Adventures, etc., and I wanted to track what I was missing so that if I stumbled across something in a second-hand bookshop I could make sure I didn't duplicate it. It is now a spreadsheet that allows you to do two main things: map your journey through the Whoniverse and keep track of what you own. Or what you don't own. 

It's not perfect; I'm sure there are errors. It always needs updating because there are new releases from Big Finish, new animations of lost episodes and – very, very occasionally – a missing episode returns to the archive.'

The images give you an idea of the scope of the spreadsheet but it is still being re-worked, it will also come with comprehensive instructions about how to use it.

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    Tony Cross

    Tony Cross is fifty, and was born between episodes 3 and 4 of Terror of the Autons. Doctor Who has been part of his life since... well... he can remember anything. He first started watching Doctor Who with his mum and dad – so all this is their fault – at the age of four or five. When things got too scary he would pretend to need the toilet and then peek at the television through the crack in the door. This seemed to happen a lot in the 1970s.
    However, a person cannot live on Doctor Who alone. Graduating with a degree in History (with Geography) he went on to a career in new business development. This was, of course, only a stop gap while he saved up enough money to do a postgraduate degree. Alas beer, books and Doctor Who DVDs interfered and here we are nearly thirty years later.
    He writes reviews of books, films and other cultural stuff for The DreamCage and AlbieMedia, which alongside Doctor Who have helped keep him off the streets. His favourite film is A Matter of Life and Death. His favourite novel – at the moment – is Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.
    He's on Twitter as @Lokster71.

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    (First broadcast 2–16 November 1988 in three weekly parts)
     
    I love The Happiness Patrol. I love the fact that the sets look like sets for a reason. Terra Alpha is an artificial paradise. Of course, it does not look right. It’s a Potemkin Village on a grand scale.  
     
    I love the fact that it is a satire of that Thatcherite 'family values' guff that we had to put up with throughout the 1980s. This is driven home by Sheila Hancock channelling Thatcher herself as Helen A. Helen A just wants the best for her people, but the ungrateful lot insist on being unhappy. Of course, it is their fault, not hers. She's strong and she's disciplined but like Thatcher herself, there were tears at the end. Helen A's tears are for Fifi, the small yappy-type dog gone psycho. The one thing she loves. She can cope with Joseph C (a laconic Ronald Fraser) doing a runner, but it is Fifi's death that gets the tears flowing. Unhappiness has prevailed.  
     
    I love the pink TARDIS.  
     
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    8th October 2021 Read DAN NERDCUBED's introduction plus new SIGNED LEVEL

    Hi everyone, we thought you might enjoy reading Dan's wonderful (and very funny) introduction to the book. Dan has also agreed to a joint signed book level with Tony. If you felt like sharing details of this project on your social media that would be ace.

    Have a great weekend.

    Best

    Mathew (Across Time and Space editor)

    INTRODUCTION TO ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

    Doctor Who is my absolute…

    28th September 2021 Ushering in a new(ish) era of Doctor Who: RTD2

    - A note from Tony Cross -



    So, last week the BBC announced that Russell T. Davies (hereafter RTD) would be returning to Doctor Who as showrunner. To quote the official Press Release: "Russell T. Davies will make an explosive return to screens to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who in 2023, and series beyond." This deal isn't just RTD. The BBC are working with Bad Wolf to produce these…

    22nd September 2021 Choosing the title "Across Time and Space"...

    Dear all,



    When we were thinking of a title for the book Across Time and Space we loved it not just because it is a play on Tony’s name (Anthony Cross = A Cross) but also because Time and Space is a phrase forever linked to the show. And this got me wondering about when the association started. This in turn led me to the Radio Times (a weekly TV listings magazine that was part of everyone’s childhood…

    20th September 2021 Tony's Top Ten New Doctor Who Stories

    Tony chose his Top Ten New Doctor Who Stories and featured them on his blog, and we thought you'd enjoy having a read here too...



    This was an interesting exercise. Partly because I realised that it screwed with my perceptions. I often think that the David Tennant era is my least favourite of New Doctor Who and yet three of my Top Ten come from that era.



    I'm not sure my choices here as…

    16th September 2021 Who fancies a Classic Doctor Who watchalong?

    -An update from Tony Cross-

    Hello, thanks everyone who has already signed up to support 'Across Time and Space'. There's a long way to go yet, but it is lovely to see how much interest there is out there.

    I've been thinking of re-watching all of Classic Doctor Who between 23rd November 2021 and 22nd November 2023. Even though I have done it before - hence the book. That sets us all up nicely…

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