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I am the Doctor!: Jon Pertwee's Final Memoir (Doctor Who) Hardcover – 21 Nov 1996

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Publishing; Television tie-in edition edition (21 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852276215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852276218
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 23.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,000,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book, completed just days before his death, the late actor, comedian, entertainer and raconteur, John Pertwee, presents for the first time ever in print sto ries of his time playing television''s favourite Time Lord. '


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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful final memoir from the late, great, Jon Pertwee. This book shows his accounts of his Dr Who days from his memories and it does not disappoint. A good plus is that it reveals other parts of his long, storied career. But the main focus is of course Dr Who. Its very exciting to read this and read about his memories behind each story of his time on the series. The best parts are his funny moments he recalled. Other things are that we learn where the cool Whomobile came from. It was Jon's idea. Its very heartbreaking to know he died after shortly completing this book's manuscript. The book leaves a good memoir for a gifted entertainer. The book helped me learn more about him. I'm from Canada and the book really helps someone like me as I'm not familiar with his career beyond Dr Who. The book accomplishes this. From the Navy Lark to Dr Who to Worzel Grummidge, Jon Pertwee entertained. What a fitting tribute from this man, in his final words.
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Rather overpriced at forty something pounds, (not the original retail price but the best price I could get), but having read Moonboots, I just had to have this one. Yes it's good, some new facts in there, but looking at the selling prices now on Amazon, I think I got my copy at the right time. I don't think this book is worth a thousand pounds or even two hundred. But it was worth the price I paid, being a lifelong Pertwee fan and I really enjoyed it.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the unique things about 'Dr.Who' ( the series ) was its uncanny ability - denied to most shows - to reinvent itself every few years. No more was this true than in 1970, when comedy actor Jon Pertwee put on frilly shirt, smoking jacket and cloak to become the Doctor's most flamboyant incarnation yet. For five wonderful years, his Doctor battled Autons, Silurians, Daleks, Axons, Daemons, Drashigs and of course The Master, winning enormous public affection which has never dissipated.
Published posthumously, this memoir chronicles these years, as well as briefly outling Pertwee's pre and post''Who' career. Though many of the anecdotes are familiar, there's enough new stuff to make this fresh and interesting. Jon has a few digs at those whom he didn't get on with, but unlike Patrick Macnee's 'The Avengers & Me', this is not as 'warts-and-all' as it might have been.
The actor's affection for the 'Who family' is there for all to see, particularly Katy Manning and Lis Sladen. His sadness at Roger Delgado's death is particularly moving. Though he clearly relished the role, I suspect he, like other 'Who' actors, was frustrated at losing out on so many other roles because of it.
I defy anyone not to cry after reading the final page. Its a lovely farewell from a great British actor.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought a copy of this rather spectacular (if also rather spectacularly expensive) book just recently, desperate for something big and desirable with which to impress my former wife. Sad to report, I have been blessed with nothing of my own that might fall rather mightily into that category, so this book seemed like the only viable option. She is, after all, Jon Pertwee's biggest fan (which does not imply that she is in any way fat, because I am in enough trouble with her already without saying something completely suicidal like that).

The cost was extortionate, owing to the fact that this fabulous book has rather bizarrely never been given the honour of any kind of reprint. But, when you are as deeply embedded in your ex-wife's bad books as I am at the moment, to the point where you are fairly certain that every little ache, pain and twinge in your body is down to some little effigy of you that she is more than likely sticking great big pins in, no amount of money is too much.

'I Am The Doctor!' is a wonderful work, although it is more than a little tainted by the fact that poor Jon Pertwee passed away only twelve days after completing work on the manuscript for it. His contribution is truly memorable though, representing the lion's share of the text of the book and consisting of his reminiscences and experiences, interspersed with a selection of anecdotes, all linked together by dozens and dozens of, predominantly black and white, photographs. You've also got little interviews dotted around the place from various personnel associated with the Third Doctor's era.
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