Doctor Who: Regeneration

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"Doctor Who" was voted in 1998 as the most popular drama series ever produced by the BBC, a result which shocked its critics and embarrassed the corporation which had cancelled the 35-year-old series nearly ten years before. In its time it enjoyed enormous popularity and was sold to 87 different countries. Today it retains a hugely loyal cult following, even amongst children who are too young to remember Saturday teatimes before the age of the home video. But in the wilderness years of the 1990s, there had been one glimmer of hope - the TV movie starring Paul McGann as the eighth Doctor which it had been hoped would spawn a new era for the programme. "Doctor Who: Regeneration" chronicles the BBC's seven-year struggle since cancelling the series in 1989 to develop it as a US co-production. It offers a fascinating glimpse in microcosm of the politics of television and the BBC in the 1990s, as well as the creative development hell of making what turned out to be only a one-off TV movie.

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In 1996, over nine million people in Britain alone tuned in to watch the rebirth of a legend the Doctor Who film, starring Paul McGann as the eighth incarnation of BBC Television¹s famous Time Lord. As seen through the eyes of the only man who could tell it as it was the film¹s executive producer, Philip Segal Doctor Who-Regeneration offers a unique insight into television politics and the traumas of creating a whole new era for Doctor Who. Packed with behind-the-scenes accounts, this is the story of one man¹s struggle to bring one of the longest-running and most popular science fiction series of all time back to the TV screens of the world. Illustrated with 200 rare photos, design drawings, and production paintings, this may be the most detailed diary of a TV production ever published. Philip Segal¹s impressive career in television includes thirtysomething and Twin Peaks; he lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Philip Segal is an English TV producer based in LA who developed both SeaQuest DSV and Earth 2 for Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. This is his story about developing Doctor Who from concept to screen. Gary Russell is a freelance writer, former editor of Panini's Doctor Who Magazine and author of eight Doctor Who novels, including the novelisation of the film. He has a screenplay about to start shooting in the US, and he runs an audio production company, Big Finish.

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