Paula Hammond’s 50 for 50: Celebrating 50 Years of the Doctor Who Family available for Pre-Order
You know you’re a Whovian if...
You regularly use the phrases such as Oh! My Giddy Aunt, Jumping Jehosaphat or Allons-Y!
You know how to play the spoons.
You once saw a man in green bubble wrap crawl down a corridor and couldn’t sleep for a week.
You spent a whole summer begging your mum to knit you a long, multi-coloured scarf.
You can’t walk past a churchyard without expecting the statues to move.
Every time you walk into a pub you have the urge to order five rounds rapid.
You think bow toes are cool.
You’ve actually tried fish fingers and custard.
You can’t travel past Earls Court tube station without stopping for a photo opportunity.
Even as an adult you can’t say ‘Om mani padme hum’ without half-expecting a giant spider to materialise on your back.
If you grew up watching Doctor Who then you’ll know that there’s simply something about the show that grabs your imagination and refuses to let go. Exactly why this TV series - rather than any other - should have captivated so many people, is hard to pin down. Part of it is the fun, the mystery and the adventure. Part of it is the ethos of the show which even 50 years on is still infused with that ‘60s sense of optimism. But mostly it’s the Doctor himself. He is, after all, a rationalist, a liberal, a pacifist, an intellectual, an explorer and perhaps … just perhaps … a little bit of a trickster. He’s all of the world’s great literary heroes rolled into one. He’s Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz. But there’s more to it than that. The Doctor may be 900-and a bit years old, but he still views the universe with a child’s eyes. He doesn’t care if you’re black, white, gay, straight, android or human. He’s only interested in what’s right. And he sees that with the clarity and the certainty of a six-year-old. Who wouldn’t want to be as wise, as witty, as giving and as forgiving as the Doctor?
50 for 50 tells the story of 50 years of Doctor Who as experienced by 50 people who’ve contributed to the show’s success. People like Bernard Lodge, who was tasked with creating the iconic Doctor Who title sequence. People like Screenwriter, Bob Baker, who turned up at the BBC to pitch a story about an old army chum and ended up creating K9, the Axons and Omega. People like Jeremy Young who had the distinction of playing the very first ever Doctor Who villain. And people like Yee Jee Tso whose many, many good experiences filming the Doctor Who TV Movie were almost over shadowed by one very bad one. Also included are Frazer Hines, Debbie Watling, Richard Franklin, Louise Jameson, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Mary Tamm.
The book’s author, Paula Hammond, is a Doctor Who fan but, she says, the experience of writing this book, has made her even more enamoured of the show and the incredible people involved in it. “People who have opened their doors to me and shared their stories - along with the odd cup of tea and slice of cake. I’ve laughed - a lot. I’ve been surprised. I’ve been shocked and during one interview, I cried like a baby … It’s been a real labour of love. Thanks everyone. To paraphrase the Brigadier: You’re wonderful chaps. All of you.”
Text taken from The Introduction to 50 for 50: Celebrating 50 Years of the Doctor Who Family by Paula Hammond. Available to order from Telos Publishing NOW