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Blue Box Boy [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Matthew Waterhouse
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1 May 2011
As a boy Matthew Waterhouse loved Doctor Who: he watched all the episodes and read all the novels and comic strips. What starts as a heart-warming story, of a boy growing up with Doctor Who as his trusted friend, engaging the reader memories and nostalgia that will be familiar to any Doctor Who fan, takes a sudden twist when he is thrust into an alien and adult world - cast as Doctor Whos youngest ever travelling companion - for two of the series most inventive seasons. Matthews sense of wonder with his dream job and his love for the show are palpable; as is his shock at genuine hostilities between cast and crew members and considerable tensions on set, which are counterpointed with poignant reminders that he is just a boy, and still a fan, who finds himself in the absurd, comic world of minor celebrity. What follows is a story-by-story memoir of his time on the show, peppered with glimpses into Matthew's personal life, tales of conventions, DVD commentaries, and some revealing anecdotes about everyone from fellow actors to Doctor Whos more high-profile fans. This memoir holds nothing back: written with honesty, warmth, a rapier wit and a good dose self-depreciation, the book is essential reading for any Doctor Who fan. Finally, we get to hear Matthew's side of a story which has been told and embellished and imagined by fans and fellow actors for years. This affectionate and darkly humourous memoir is a record of what it was like to make Doctor Who, and to work for the BBC in early 80s, and is proof that you can take the actor out of Doctor Who, but you can never quite take Doctor Who out of the actor...
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hirst Publishing (1 May 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1907959246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907959240
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,794,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised. 13 July 2013
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I really thought Matthew was going to be a bitch but this is pure, honest recollection. I love his in the third person style, so refreshing. It is witty, funny and sometimes plain honest. His timeline almost matches my own and sometimes it is as if it were writing this book. It evokes my own childhood. I was that Doctor Who fan. Matthew, we all thought you dismissed the programme, welcome back.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterhouse Blue 21 Sep 2013
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I'll be honest: I always hated Adric. His period on the programme coincided with the beginning of John Nathan-Turner's era as a producer (it seems Adric was his idea, but he was originally supposed to have been 'a cosmic Artful Dodger'), a time when many fans deserted the programme (myself included), leading to its eventual cancellation. With its successful resurrection in 2005, and the recent announcement that Peter Capaldi was to be the new Doctor, I thought it was time to let bygones be bygone and give this book - which had come highly recommended - a chance. I had just become involved in Doctor Who fandom again with the reboot of the fanzine Cygnus Alpha after thirty years in hibernation and this seemed like an appropriate way to reach out to the past.

And great fun it is, too. Matthew's decision to write about himself in the third person is perhaps a way of distancing himself from the person he once was (and, hand on heart, the technique rather annoyed George, who wished he'd knock it off) but, if you can get over that, the revelations come thick and fast. In a sense, Matthew lived the dream, coming from nowhere to play the Doctor's companion - and a bloody awful dream it turned out to be, by all accounts. If we, the viewers, suffered watching those dreadful stories on our tellies, this was nothing compared to taking part in the programme at the time, it seems. A happy ship? More like the Titanic!

Even better are the reminiscences about growing up a fan...Target books, Weetabix figures and all. I am about the same age as Matthew and it sparked some wonderful memories.

So there we go. This book has achieved the near-impossible: it has made me forgive John Nathan-Turner and Matthew for ruining my favourite programme. I no longer hate Adric!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like low rent show biz anecdotes. 20 Sep 2013
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Bizarrely written in the third person this book isn't anywhere near the 5 star level of the new JNT book, but it does have its charm. Matthew does have an unfortunate habit of unflattering descriptions of people he meets and skirts over important events. As a result the book is not very revealing and the high points come from a selection of low rent showbiz anecdotes that are slightly bitchy but very enjoyable.

Not a must read but at least different from various other Who autobiographies.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy lost in the Blue Box. 18 Sep 2010
The central protagonist of the story is Waterhouse himself - the boy lost in the blue box. Matthew confirms what we all suspected - that he really WAS a Tom Baker fan who had wondered onto the set and looked lost. His occasional « Bakerisms » and Tom Baker style humour are those of an honest fan for whom Dr who was an important source of identification. No wonder he had trouble dealing with reality inside the blue box, and the deception that the great Tom Baker was not in reality the even greater Doctor Who - but just a very human mortal going through a tough time.

Nicely drawn, Waterhouse's description of rehearsals is gossipy, and his writing an easy read and difficult to put down style... Waterhouse himself allows us to see something of his immaturity and to experience at first hand certain episodes of his life relived in detail like the traumas they must have been. His own human qualities and failings are all laid bare.

One comes away from the book feeling slightly changed... The writer's disappointment with the absence of real magic in the blue box is palpable, and there is therapeutic value in the book - for reader and writer alike. When one considers the paltry fee he was paid for the episodes it is sickening. Did one of the production team pay the restaurant bill on his behalf - in the episode he recounts - perhaps, rather than the credit card « just not working » as he suspects... There might have been more compassion around him than he relates. Humanly, one would hope so.

This is an honest, surprising, gossipy stream of consciousness testament of a book.
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By Pete
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I think I was expecting more because the reviews were generally very good. Firstly, this writing in the third person business, its really REALLY irritating. Despite what others have said, I found it irritating all the way through. I just felt like shouting, if you mean 'I', just say it man, or if you don't, just write a book of fiction. Writing in the third person makes you question the truth of anything that's said, making it a bit pointless, otherwise you are just left feeling 'have the bloody courage to own this and say 'I'. Anyway, that aside, its ok. Not much here I haven't read in other sources and not as unusually 'bitchy' as some of the reviews would have you believe. Its a fair run through of recollections from loving the show as a child and then actually being in it. I did enjoy it, but as I have banged on about, it was spoiled by the 'Matthew thought this' nonsense. Still worth a read, especially if you have not read similar recollection books which cover much of the same stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars the wrath of baker!!
if you are interested in classic doctor who and what goes on generally when making a tv show read this. Read more
Published 15 days ago by MR. M COX
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd book
very odd writing style. hard to follow, not too much detail in events. Just weird really. Better books out there.
Published 1 month ago by Barrie
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside The Book - The Boy With The Golden Star
Tim Bradley has decided to write this review in the third person, since this was how Matthew Waterhouse wrote his memoirs of `Doctor Who' in this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tim Bradley
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Naive teenager meets actors on his path to enlightenment. Actors lacking in tolerance of their own kin. Insight into how some of our tv heroes think and behaved yester year..
Published 4 months ago by John Curley
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfied customer
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Published 8 months ago by J. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Shared memories
Im so glad that Matthew id this recording. I found his memories fascinating. Im too young to have seen his Dr who when it was aired but have seen the Dr Who dvds and I really liked... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lee Peachair
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well written
I enjoyed this book , Matthew Waterhouse is from my home town and we are similar age,
Although some might find his writing in " third person " style irritating for me... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Seeing eye
5.0 out of 5 stars Catty and compulsive reading
Excellent memoir by Matthew. The third person narrative jars at first but swiftly becomes eminently readable - Waterhouse paints a droll insider's picture of Doctor Who behind the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robertgray
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of childhood nostalgia!
I'm only half way through this book and I am really enjoying it. I grew up with Doctor Who and it's lovely to read a book by someone who shares so many similar memories. Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. Milton
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