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Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale - The Final Chapter was the second edition of The Writer's Tale. It added 300 more pages of new material covering the production of the 2009 Specials. The edition also includes additional e-mails and script excerpts, of which date up to 5 September 2009. However, unlike its previous edition, it omits elements such as photographs and script excerpts, resulting in several chapters from the first book being merged together.

Publisher's summary[]

For this new edition of The Writer's Tale, Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook expand their in-depth discussion of the creative life of Doctor Who to cover Russell's final year as head writer and executive producer of the show, as well as his work behind the increasingly successful Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures spin-offs. Candid and witty insights abound throughout two years' worth of correspondence, covering David Tennant's last episodes as the Tenth Doctor and the legacy that Russell and David leave behind as a new era of Doctor Who begins. With over 300 pages of new material, and taking in events from the entire five years since the show's return in 2005, The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter is the most comprehensive — and personal — account of Doctor Who ever published.


  • Foreword by Phillip Pullman
  • Introduction by Russell T Davies
  • Introduction by Benjamin Cook
  • Acknowledgements
  • Key to References
  • Who's Who
  • Book One
  • Book Two
    • Chapter 13: What Happened Next (04.03.08-07.04.08)
    • Chapter 14: The Great Wobble (09.04.08-22.04.08)
    • Chapter 15: The Good, the Bad, and the Queen (24.04.08-10.07.08)
    • Chapter 16: Everything Changes (17.07.08-15.08.08)
    • Interlude: In the Midnight Hour
    • Chapter 17: Best-laid Plans (23.08.08-16.10.08)
    • Chapter 18: Three E-mails (and an Epiphany) (17.10.08)
    • Chapter 19: The Cobra's Tale (17.10.08-31.10.08)
    • Chapter 20: Smokey the Space Pelican (05.11.08-20.11.08)
    • Chapter 21: Mr Smith and the Runaway Train (23.11.08-28.12.08)
    • Chapter 22: Guns Don't Kill People, Time Lords Do (29.12.08-21.01.09)
    • Chapter 23: For Gallifrey (24.01.09-14.02.09)
    • Chapter 24: The Road to Hell (18.02.09-04.03.09)
    • Chapter 25: The Final Chapter (05.03.09-06.09.09)
  • Works Referenced
  • Index

Notable features[]

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  • Some of the correspondence in the second edition deals with the work that went into compiling the first edition, and the mutual decision to compile what was originally planned to be a separate second volume.

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