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on 21 September 2013
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!
The only thing he omits to mention is how...er...excited he felt when filming Castrovalva (a subject of much fan debate). For that, you have to go to Richard Marson's book 'J N-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner', in which Matthew is interviewed extensively.
Thanks for this one, Matthew and no...er...hard feelings.
We're all in the gutter, but some of us are wearing stitched-on stars.