Telos has been an independent publisher that, for some time
now, has produced some of the best books about the British
television science fiction scene, as well as some cracking
good original novels. Their most recent foray into the world
of Doctor Who is a set of interviews with actors and
creators of Doctor Who in the eighties...
Volume Three - The Eighties contains interviews with a
plethora of creative talents, from graphic, costume and make-up
designers, actors and actresses, though oddly there is an
under representation of writers and directors. Obviously all
the big names are represented, including Doctors Tom
Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester
McCoy - though the last Doctor turns up in the body of a Bonus
Feature, rather than having his own stand alone interview.
an odd collection, in that being a collection of previously
published interviews and articles it's a bit like having a
snapshot of a particular era. Personally, I think that this
just adds to the book's charm. In many cases the informed
reader can use hindsight to view how hopes were dashed and
careers ended. This is especially true of Tom Baker's enthusiasm
for his Scratchman film that never did get off the
ground and poor old Matthew Waterhouse's interview that made
me cringe with embarrassment. At one point he is asked how
he thought his character of Adric would develop, little knowing
that, rightly or not, he would end up as one or the most vocally
reviled companions ever.
book contains eighteen interviews that are pretty much fifty
percent question and answer format and fifty percent constructed
more like an article. Each is prefaced with a piece that puts
the interview in its historical context or gives a little
more information about the person being interviewed. If that
wasn't enough for you there are also eight bonus features
covering different aspects of the show.
of these pieces would be difficult, if not impossible, to
find in their original form, making their publication here
all the more welcome. Even if you know little about this period
of the show's existence, it still stands as a fascinating
slice of history and a more than worthy addition to any real
Who fan's collection.
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