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First Generation [Kindle Edition]

Mary Tamm
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In the 1970s, she travelled the universe aboard the TARDIS… 30 years on, actress Mary Tamm now recounts the story of her own, earthbound, adventures.

Born to Estonian parents in 1950s Bradford, her rise to fame took her from a Northern childhood to life in the fast lane: via TV appearances in Coronation Street and Girls of Slender Means to leading roles in feature films – including the cult Tales that Witness Madness, and The Odessa File which pitched her career into the international arena.


In 1978, Mary became part of essential Saturday night television as she joined the cast of Doctor Who alongside Tom Baker, as the superlative Time Lady, Romana!

Packed with recollections and exclusive photographs, this autobiography follows Mary on a journey of self-discovery to her parents’ homeland of Estonia, where she finally comes to terms with her true identity…

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In the 1970s, she travelled the universe aboard the TARDIS... 30 years on, actress Mary Tamm now recounts the story of her own, earthbound, adventures.

Born to Estonian parents in 1950s Bradford, her rise to fame took her from a Northern childhood to life in the fast lane: via TV appearances in Coronation Street and The Girls of Slender Means to leading roles in feature films - including the cult Tales that Witness Madness, and The Odessa File which pitched her career into the international arena.

In 1978, Mary became part of essential Saturday night television as she joined the cast of Doctor Who alongside Tom Baker, as the superlative Time Lady, Romana!

Packed with recollections and exclusive photographs, this autobiography follows Mary on a journey of self-discovery to her parents' homeland of Estonia, where she finally comes to terms with her true identity...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fantom Publishing (16 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2B2TJQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Career 19 Oct 2009
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This is a bright and breezy record of how a Bradford girl of Estonian descent emerged from the terraced streets of the city's Manningham district to appear on the world stage, to find roles in acclaimed films and to become a household name, at least in households where Dr Who was a favourite. It's crammed full of choice 'plums' - such as the time she took David Hockney home. He drew a portrait of her Mum. She wasn't impressed and consigned it to the flames when he'd gone.
Mary comes across as warm, witty and wise. She might move among the rich and famous, but she hasn't lost her head, she hasn't lost her Northern scepticism and she hasn't lost her heart. The story ends too soon. Let's hope there's a sequel on the way.

Postscript

Mary Tamm

I like to think I was Mary Tamm's first fan, though that honour probably properly belongs to members of her family. My claim to having sent her her first fan letter might be on a firmer ground.
It was back in 1967 when flower power was blooming. I was in the middle of what would now be called a gap year, but for me at the time it was just 12 months of idleness and anxiety as I wondered what to do.
I lived in Bradford and Mary was a pupil at Bradford Girls' Grammar School. They were doing a Shakespeare play. I can't remember which one, but Mary was in it. A piece about it was published in the local paper along with a photo of Mary.
I was 18 and capable of falling in love with every pretty girl that walked by. I fell in love with the photo of Mary and sent her a fan letter care of the newspaper.
I got a reply! I wrote to her again and got another reply. How I wish I'd kept those letters. I can see her bold, handsome handwriting to this day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romana II tells (the first half of) her tale 9 Jun 2010
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I bought Mary Tamm's autobiography after listening to the commentaries she recorded with Tom Baker for the Doctor Who boxset The Key To Time. She struck me as interesting and her book confirms this impression. Born in Bradford to Estonian refugee parents she is a mixture of the exotic and down-to-earth in more ways than one. One moment she's discussing the struggles of an aspiring actor, the next telling you about her enthusiasm for astrology. She hobnobs with the jet set but marries a student (albeit one of law). She oozes sensuality on screen but actually appears quite conservative about sex and nudity in her writing.

'First Generation' is also a mixture: part memoir of the first 28 years of her life - ending about halfway through her season as the time lady Romana in Doctor Who - and part travel diary describing the trip she made at the end if the 80s to see her ancestral homeland Estonia for the first time. During that trip she realises that however deeply attached she may feel to her Estonian roots she herself is English.

Likewise I think at some point in her life she has experienced a similar revelation that however fleeting her time as the Fourth Doctor's companion may have seemed to her as an actress, from a fan point of view this was the role and the programme that mattered. Which I guess is why she's kept back some of the Doctor Who material for what is presumably going to be a second volume of autobiography. As it is, the anecdotes included suggest that Tom Baker, whilst entertaining and brilliant as the Doctor, wasn't the easiest of co-stars. Not exactly a revelation but Ms Tamm tells her tales well - and with generosity too.

Not quite sure what the point of the final bit of the book is though. She describes a Who convention but, apart from being poorly organised, it doesn't seem to have been a very memorable event. An odd ending to the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels in Tamm and Space! 22 Sep 2009
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More than a mere memoir, First Generation is an enticing journey through the first twenty or so years of Mary's life, finishing half way through her time as Romana on Doctor Who. Interlaced throughout with extracts from her trip to Estonia, home to her parents before they were forced to migrate to the UK, it is told with warmth and charm. Humourous and touching in equal measures, First Generation is an essential read and I cannot wait for the second volume!
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