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Although of course nothing really matches the experience of sitting down and watching the story, there is a certain amount of fascination in following the words and the script as they were originally written. One appreciates just how much is brought to the show by the designer, director, producer and above all the actors, but at the same time the strengths of the script itself become clear. The seven episodes are actually all rather distinct from each other, and more self-contained than I had appreciated; the fake-out of the end of episode four is still rather striking; the Thals somehow come over as a bit more interesting on paper; one gets a sense that the vision in the writer's mind was not quite the same as what appears on screen. I have only a couple of other script books but look forward to reading them both (this year I am reading my unread Old Who books in internal chronological sequence).


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