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Patrick Troughton - The biography of the second Doctor Who [Paperback]

Michael Troughton
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Product details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: HIRST publishing; 1st edition (2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1907959491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907959493
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Respected and loved, Patrick Troughton is probably best remembered as the second Doctor Who - a role in which he made television history. A prolific actor, he was also a complex and troubled man, constantly wrestling with two lives, one of which he was determined to keep secret. Michael Troughton presents here an entertaining and personal account of his father's professional and private life. Meticulously researched, he explores Patrick's childhood, his experiences at sea during World War II and the successful acting career that led to his historic casting as Doctor Who in 1966. Patrick's Doctor Who years are recalled in vivid detail, from his initial uncertainty about taking on the part through the legendary 'monster years', to his troubled final season and three subsequent returns to the role. In this fascinating biography, Patrick's extraordinary career and his multi-layered personal life are enhanced by the memories of family members, actors, friends and colleagues. Michael peppers the book with revealing extracts from Patrick's own diaries, and many rare and personal photographs. This book is an honest, affectionate and complete account of Patrick Troughton the actor, and Patrick Troughton the man. With a forward by Frazer Hines and an afterword by Colin Baker.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Insight into the enigma" 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 David'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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3.0 out of 5 stars Second's Out 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
4.0 out of 5 stars New Insights into the Doctor Who Years 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography of a great actor. 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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