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Now We Are Six Hundred

Yes, I realize this is old news, but I got my copy of Now We Are Six Hundred in the mail last night and enjoyed it so much I had to talk about it.

Now We Are Six Hundred is a book of Doctor Who children's poetry, though there's plenty in it for adults. It's written by James Goss, who wrote Dead Air (which you might remember me gushing about as the best DW audio book ever [but not audio play; that's a different beastie altogether]) and "Death and the Queen", my favorite of the Tenth Doctor Adventures vol. 1. The book is illustrated by none other than RTD himself, and I must say, he is an incredible cartoon artist. Some people are just so talented.

The book is fashioned after Now We Are Six, a book of children's poetry by A. A. Milne, and many of the poems copy the style/meter of the poems in that book, while others copy other poems or are completely original. The pieces are all different: there are some about specific people, some about specific episodes, some about eras, some about concepts or themes... All kinds of things. They tend to be sweet or funny, but there are some serious and heartrending pieces as well.

The poems also cover the entire history of DW; for example, there's one specifically about the Second Doctor's adventures with Jamie and Zoe, and even Adric got a poem. The modern DW poems focus more on the first four seasons than on the latter six, even though, as far as I can tell from interviews on the web, RTD didn't have input on the content of the poems.

In general, it's a fun read. The overall feeling is whimsical, but there are some gems of real meat in there (hm, that metaphor really didn't work, but I'm leaving it in because it's horridly silly). To whet your appetite, here are photos of the first poem. Enjoy!


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Sep. 28th, 2017 04:13 am (UTC)
“Trudges off to Amazon to buy another amazing book I don’t have time to read.”
You’re right, the illustrations are amazing! If I ever meet RTD, I want him to draw himself as the Doctor, saying “Quel formage, Davros!”

Edited at 2017-09-28 04:17 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC)
You can read a poem a night, right before bed. It's perfect for sweet dreams!

And yes, I want to see that drawing! You must make him draw that!
Sep. 28th, 2017 02:02 pm (UTC)
Love the drawings! :)
Sep. 28th, 2017 02:46 pm (UTC)
I just got mine as well. I'll read it very soon.
Sep. 28th, 2017 05:12 pm (UTC)
Old news? As far as I know, it's just been released! There was an interview with RTD and James Goss I saw on Facebook, but didn't understand much because of the sound quality, it wasn't that long ago.

Oh, I love RTD's Ten! He's so skinny, and look at that hero coat! I can't stop looking at him. And Four. And everyone else. I loved RTD's drawings in "The Writer's Tale", and it's mostly the pictures I'd like to see from this book. Are you saying there's something to read for adults as well? I hope I'll get the book in my hands one day and see for myself. I'm not that keen on ordering it online, but if I see it on a convention or happen to go to London again (DT, when are you doing theatre again?), I'll have a look.
Oct. 1st, 2017 09:12 pm (UTC)
Well, everyone was gushing about the book like a month ago, so I thought the rush was over by now and I was late to the party. I'm pretty happy that so many people want this now that I've posted. :)

What I love about that Ten is the eyebrow. :D I find myself staring at a lot of the pictures in the book. The poems are great, but the pics make it.

But now I really, really want to meet James Goss. I'm loving his work so much.
Sep. 28th, 2017 08:04 pm (UTC)
I think I need this book. (And to echo alumfelga, I know it was announced a while back, but it was only released a couple of weeks ago in the UK and like a couple days ago in the US, yeah?)

Edited at 2017-09-28 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2017 09:13 pm (UTC)
It really is the sweetest little DW thing that I've seen in a very long time and I definitely recommend it.

I thought the book had come out a month ago and I was late to the party. I'm happy to find that I'm not!
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