An incredible collection of interviews with the people behind the early years of the BBC’s classic science fiction adventure series Doctor Who. From directors to designers, producers, story editors, writers and cast, all are featured in this latest addition to Telos’s acclaimed range of factual books about Doctor Who.
This volume includes interviews with actors Jon Pertwee (the Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Tom Baker (the Doctor) and Mary Tamm (Romana); producers Derrick Sherwin, Barry Letts, Philip Hinchcliffe and Graham Williams; script editors Terrance Dicks, Robert Holmes, Antony Read and Douglas Adams; directors Michael Ferguson, Douglas Camfield, Christopher Barry and Pennant Roberts; writers Malcolm Hulke, Bob Baker, Brian Hayles and Robert Banks Stewart; costume designers Christine Rawlins, Bobi Bartlett and James Acheson; make-up designers Sylvia James and Sandra Exelby; scenic designers Paul Allen and Barry Newbery; opening titles designer Bernard Lodge; and book cover artist Chris Achilleos.
There are also features on the stage play Seven Keys to Doomsday, the Doctor’s arch enemy the Master, the visual effects of the 1979 story ‘Destiny of the Daleks’ and fandom in the ’70s.
306pp. 6×9 paperback.
First Published 23 November 2006
This Edition Published 26 August 2020
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Stephen James Walker became hooked on Doctor Who as a young boy, right from its debut season in 1963/64, and has been a fan ever since. He first got involved in the series’ fandom in the early 1970s, when he became a member of the original Doctor Who Fan Club (DWFC). He joined the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) immediately on its formation in May 1976, and was an attendee and steward at the first ever Doctor Who convention in August 1977. He soon began to contribute articles to fanzines, and in the 1980s was editor of the seminal reference work Doctor Who – An Adventure in Space and Time and its sister publication The Data-File Project. He also became a frequent writer for the official Doctor Who Magazine. Between 1987 and 1993 he was co-editor and publisher, with David J Howe and Mark Stammers, of the leading Doctor Who fanzine The Frame. Since that time, he has gone on to write, co-write and edit numerous Doctor Who articles and books – including Doctor Who: The Sixties, Doctor Who: The Seventies, Doctor Who: The Eighties, The Doctor Who Yearbook 1996, The Handbook (originally published in seven separate volumes) and The Television Companion – and he is now widely acknowledged as one of the foremost chroniclers of the series’ history. He was the initiator and, for the first two volumes, co-editor of Virgin Publishing’s Decalog books – the first ever Doctor Who short story anthology range. More recently, for Telos Publishing he has edited the three-volume Talkback series of Doctor Who interview books and written a range of annual guide books to both 21st Century Doctor Who and Torchwood. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Physics from University College London, and his many other interests include cult TV, film noir, vintage crime fiction, Laurel and Hardy and an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, R&B and other popular music. Between July 1983 and March 2005 he acted as an adviser to successive Governments, latterly at senior assistant director level, responsible for policy on a range of issues relating mainly to individual employment rights. His working time is now taken up by his writing projects and by his role as co-owner and director of Telos Publishing. He lives in Kent with his wife and family.