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Patrick Troughton - The biography of the second Doctor Who

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Item Weight340 g
Product Dimensions19.8 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  
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ASIN1907959491
Best Sellers Rank 350,448 in Kitchen & Home (See top 100)
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Date First Available22 Oct. 2012
  
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Marlowe on 30 Jan. 2013
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Patrick Troughton was always a bit of an enigma. He did give interviews especially toward the end of his life, but would usually tell anecdotes speaking about the making of Dr Who and not about himself. Well now, we can all learn a great deal more.

Michael Troughton is able to fill us in on Patrick Troughton's childhood and the road that lead him to acting. There are insights based on memories of conversations with his mother, (Patrick T's 1st wife), other family membersand the man himself plus contributions from his brother ( from the "2nd family") and notes from his own diaries plus letters from and to his father and the man's diary entries.

This gives us many interesting glimpses into the real man e.g MIchael's mother believed he was compelled to act, never did it because simply he needed to and was never happy doing anything else

Similar to Jessica Carney's biography of her grandfather William Hartnell the highly recommended "Who's There?" (#1), Michael has portrayed his father warts and all. he details the complex relationships that resulted from Patrick T having a 2nd family who he lived with, while still married to Michael's mother. There are explanations given as to why Michael believes this happened (a theatrical season in America may have led him to consider he married too young) and the balance of the still many postive attributes of the man. It's a bittersweet portrayal because while he emerges as a man who did treat women in his life very badly, he could still clearly be a very likeable person.

The main meat of the book is of course his acting career and the main course there is Dr Who. But you won't want to miss out on information about a courageous war record as well.

Michael's research into the career of his father is 1st rate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on 13 April 2013
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Very interesting to know a little more about Patrick Troughton although I felt there was more to tell. Maybe the author had no more information and I can hardly complain about that - but what did his second family think about the other? No insight is given into his daily life with his other two wives and for an autobiography this feels hollow. I realise his son is the writer, but I wish he would step back a little more and give a fuller picture. If the private life is not to be developed, there is still the work. Anecdotes from The Omen, Six Wives of Henry VIII as well as the many other shows would be interesting but are not given the depth of the Doctor Who coverage, just glossed over.
It is worth reading but not as insightful as the autobiography of William Hartnell, also written buy a relative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan L. Cooke on 6 May 2013
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I purchased this because I am a fan of the classic Doctor Who stories, and of course, I was most interested in the portions of the book discussing the Who years. In this regard, I was not disappointed. The discussion of those years provided numerous little tidbits that were new to me. I was entertained and educated reading about the interactions between Troughton and his fellow actors, plus the discussion of the transition between Hartnell and Troughton.

I also found very interesting much of the discussion of Troughton's early life. The only downside to the book was the obvious need for a good editorial pass through the book to clean up the grammar. I'd give it a 5 star review if it wasn't for all of the instances of 'there' instead of 'their' and similar editorial slip ups. However, I read the book cover to cover and enjoyed it thoroughly, so I'd have to say it was a very worthwhile purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on 31 Dec. 2012
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Quite a well-written book, from an unusual perspective. I give this five stars in particular because of the surprising personal incription on the inside cover 'to John' from Michael Troughton. My son, a longtime Dr Who fan, was delighted by this. Such thoughtfulness is commensurate with the impression I have of his father's character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Eagles on 4 Sept. 2013
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This is not a perfect book, there are typo's and the narrative and chronology gets muddled at times. That said, it is THE perfect Patrick Troughton biography. There is love in these pages for a Father, and a character, and an actor. Mine came signed by the author and with a lovely postcard of the books cover. It sent me back to DVD's of Troughton's performances, and I found great truths of the man revealed in his acting, as The near perfect Doctor and in the beguiling Box of Delights. A man with flaws, which we all have, but also with perfections, which few of us do. That makes the difference. Thank you Patrick Troughton for so much. Thank You Michael Troughton for showing us more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NickR on 29 Oct. 2012
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I found this book really interesting. I don't have a problem, like some reviewers here, with it being very much about the relationship between father and son - what would you expect, given who wrote it? I didn't know very much about patrick troughton as a man, so found this informative. Was surprised to learn he was such a womaniser and was pretty selfish. Loved the bit about him being spotted peeing on the golf course. Horrendous typos though - very amateurish. But Michael had signed my copy, which I thought was a nice touch.
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