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A fine legacy,
This review is from: Who And Me: The Memoir of Barry Letts, "Doctor Who" Producer 1969-1974 (Paperback)
I've been a big fan of the 'Pertwee era' of Doctor Who for many years. For me the era represents a time of experimentation in effects, music and a bold new way of doing things. Barry (together with his trusty sidekick Terrance Dicks) were central to this.
I've watched Barry many times on Doctor Who DVD documentaries and been fascinated about his work on the show. His love of new electronic effects, especially CSO (Colour Separation Overlay) comes over with such enthusiasm, in fact he talks a lot about the techniques he used as a director/producer in this book. Its full of little hints and tips and he's not afraid of saying when things didn't work out quite as expected, for example the story 'The Green Death' has some CSO shots he isn't so proud of!
The book is a really easy read, very conversational, in fact I could almost hear Barry's voice in my head reading it to me.
His non Doctor Who work is equally fascinating and he lifts the lid a little on the internal politics and hierarchy of 1960's/70's BBC.
Highly recommended to fans of this period of Doctor Who and also to anyone interested in the early history of British television.
A great man - his legacy lives on.