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- File Size: 2294 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Publisher: What Noise Productions (14 Feb. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BX3OCXY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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!Read more ›
Not a must read but at least different from various other Who autobiographies.
He gives a more detailed account than any other "Who" actor of what it was actually like doing each and every story. In your mind's eye you can see John Nathan-Turner smiling as he suggests that Matthew is the inventor of alcohol, you can hear Michael Robbins talking about his "fer nuthing"s, you cringe as you witness Dudley Simpson's being taken out to dinner by the show's producer and saying how lovely it is that he's finally been recognised for his work... only to find out that the dinner is a way of Nathan-Turner's telling him he's sacked!
He also covers issues like racism, being a young gay man in the 1980s and feelings of loss.
It's a really well-written account which is both funny and poignant - I'd recommend it to anybody.
The author writes about himself in the 3rd person, which takes a bit of getting used to. So rather than writing "I was excited about the audition"; we get "Matthew was excited about the audition" and so on.
It's an unusual approach and one that I found rubbing off on me. Stephen was almost tempted to write this review in the 3rd person about Matthew's book. Stephen's mate Andrew got him Matthew's book as a birthday present and Andrew had to go to great lengths to get it, which is a story in itself. Argh! It's recursive occlusion, I'll stop.
So that tells you from the off that Matthew Waterhouse is not one for convention (conventions, maybe). His writing style is both personal, and removed at the same time. And he is very, very honest.
I have to say, I found his whole approach to his Doctor Who life refreshing and very readable. His recollections of his time on the show, and afterwards, don't hold back. Sometimes they go off at odd tangents, but that's fine. At the same time that you learn some funny or insightful stuff about the acting profession, the BBC in general, or what Matthew thinks of particular actors, you also get a feel for the type of person Matthew is.
His stories about Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, John Nathan Turner et al never come across like hackneyed anecdotes. I found the stories hilarious, although a lot of them probably didn't feel like it at the time.
Any book that describes working with Tom Baker is always going to be a page turner. I just found myself lapping it up, anecdote after anecdote. And hearing Matthew's honest opinions is a unique insight into the making of the show and the relationships between cast and crew.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Magic of Dr Who has been with me since I started watching it, about half way through the Patrick Troughton era. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charles P. Beaton
An interesting insight, not entirely flattering, especially if you are a fan of Tom Baker. Matthew writes in the third person, slightly irritating. Read morePublished 17 months ago by gallifrey girl
if you are interested in classic doctor who and what goes on generally when making a tv show read this. Read morePublished 22 months ago by MR. M COX
very odd writing style. hard to follow, not too much detail in events. Just weird really. Better books out there.Published 23 months ago by Barrie
I think I was expecting more because the reviews were generally very good. Firstly, this writing in the third person business, its really REALLY irritating. Read morePublished on 19 July 2014 by Pete
Naive teenager meets actors on his path to enlightenment. Actors lacking in tolerance of their own kin. Insight into how some of our tv heroes think and behaved yester year..Published on 30 April 2014 by John Curley
Very good, very happy with this. Recommended to all who use this particular website for buying and selling. Thank youPublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by J. Page
Im so glad that Matthew id this recording. I found his memories fascinating. Im too young to have seen his Dr who when it was aired but have seen the Dr Who dvds and I really liked... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2013 by Lee Peachair
I enjoyed this book , Matthew Waterhouse is from my home town and we are similar age,
Although some might find his writing in " third person " style irritating for me... Read more