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on 5 December 2013
This was wonderful. I listened to the audio book read by Anneke Wills which was just superb. At first it was a little disconcerting to hear Anneke talking in the first person as someone else but quickly I got absorbed in the story. I knew very little about William Hartnell's life before listening to this. I think the most interesting part was hearing about how he'd grown up quite poor and under such difficult circumstances. It was astonishing to hear parts of his own autobiography he wrote as a teenager about his troubled life. It really gave a feeling for the character he became. Likewise the biography paints a very vivid picture of his wife who sounded like a most remarkable woman and a good actor herself.

Despite being written by his granddaughter the biography paints a very realistic portrait of this complicated man. Jessica talks about both the good and bad parts of her grandfather's character. This book really does give you a glimpse into this interesting man. Unlike a lot of actor's biographies this doesn't dwell entirely on his career but balances out his acting with his personal life. It is full of stories from the people who worked with him or were his friends.

Now I've finished the audio version I'm looking forward to reading the hard cover, especially seeing all the old photos. This book has been very expensive for the past decade and it is great that fantom films have republished it with a new edition. For those of you who watched An Adventure in Space and Time I highly recommend this for learning the real story about the man who played the first Doctor.
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on 16 January 2014
This is an amazing book!!! It has made me laugh and cry at the same time!!! It's the best book I've read in a LONG LONG time!!! Well done Jessica !!! ,<3 xxx
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on 4 April 2014
Who's There? Is the life and film/tv career of the actor to play the 1st dr in 1963 William Hartnell.
Told through the eyes of granddaughter Jessica Carney to begin with and then from diary logs of William & Heather Hartnell and past friends/Actors read by former dr who assistant Anneke Wills.
It's an all round excellent telling of a great past actor lovingly remembered as doctor who,it's just a shame it's abridged as it leaves you wanting to know more about the man.
Will worth the purchase a brilliant listen.
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on 29 January 2014
This is a lovely story but short! I do wish this was not abridged because it felt it was finished before it had even begum but I will say if it was released as unabridged I would quite happily buy it again.

Anneke Wills reads it with such warmth it was a delight to listen to even if you are not a Hartnell fan. A fascinating life and although it explores Williams grumpier side it is shared with affection and I found the story touching.

Would highly recommend. Would be great for a long car journey!
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on 8 August 2014
Great to read the expanded version on kindle. Well written and indepth look at the man and his career. Would have liked a bit more info about his work in the Army Game series
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on 17 March 2014
Anneke Wills provides a skillful and engaging reading of this absorbing story of the man who originated the legendary role of Doctor Who.
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on 15 August 2014
A first rate account of William Hartnell's life. A must not just for Doctor Who fans.
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on 18 April 2015
If you are interested in Doctor Who, this is a fantastic read.
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on 3 September 2015
A fascinating book
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