DWM: In Their Own Words Volume 3

Another excellent special is due from DWM – thanks to Tom Spilsbury for these details…

“I was the great children’s hero. I was known all over the world. I didn’t need credit cards, I was welcomed into everybody’s house. The Doctor isn’t just what I did in the studio, you see. I had to carry the concept of this semi-perfect man into my own life so that, of there were children around, I wouldn’t be seen as a disappointment! It was very, very exhausting at times, but rewarding as well. Being Doctor Who comes with this responsibility…”


For almost 30 years, Doctor Who Magazine has documented the making of this unique television series, interviewing every major player, be they actors, directors, producers, designers, writers… even monsters!

Doctor Who Magazine: In Their Own Words Volume 3This Special Edition gathers together the best of these interviews, as the cast and crew themselves recall their part in the history of Doctor Who, making for a frank, forthright, and insightful memoir ­ in turns funny, poignant, and surprising. To illustrate their story, we have selected hundreds of amazing pictures ­ iconic images from the BBC archives, alongside less familiar shots from private collections.

This volume ­ covering the final years of Tom Baker’s iconic, definitive Doctor ­ provides a complete primer for newcomers, and a valuable refresher for hardened aficionados. It takes the show through turbulent times in the late 1970s, as strikes, inflation and a battering from moral crusader Mary Whitehouse took their toll on the series and propelled it in new directions.

Find out the story of the creation of K9, the Doctor’s mechanical mutt.

Discover what lay behind the Doctor’s season-long quest for the Key to Time.

Hear first-hand what it was like to work alongside a national icon, as the actors who brought companions Leela, Romana, Nyssa and Adric have their say.

And learn what prompted Tom Baker to lay down his scarf after seven years of intergalactic adventuring…

Featuring contributions from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Graham Williams, John Leeson, Robert Holmes, Mary Tamm, Douglas Adams, Lalla Ward, John Nathan Turner, Christopher H Bidmead, Matthew Waterhouse and hundreds more ­ plus an Afterword by Shakespeare Code writer Gareth Roberts!

Doctor Who Magazine: In Their Own Words Volume 3: 1977-1981 is on sale now price £5.99.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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