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The Time Traveller’s Wife…

… or at least the wife of a man who thinks he’s the Doctor. Esther Freud is married to one David Morrissey – but she has another link to Doctor Who, having appeared in Attack of the Cybermen which was finally released on DVD in March.

As a result of this, Freud – now an author – was invited to a signing event in Barking, East London recently and relayed her experiences of meeting fans and signing photos (not to mention receiving royalty cheques for 79p) in the Times this weekend.

Esther Freud tells the story of how the event – in a Working Men’s club above a branch of Iceland – progressed, with time for reminiscences with a fellow Cryon. The bubble wrap moustache seems to have caused particular distress to the long fingernailed ones – but I’m particularly interested in the final portion of the article.

That night I sat down with my daughter to watch the DVD. “It might be scary,” I warned her as the music began to swirl, but very quickly she delivered her verdict. “It’s not scary because nothing looks real. The cybermen are just men dressed up in silver suits. Doctor Who looks like a clown.”

“Really?” I remembered the rare occasions when I’d seen it as a child, I’d hidden behind the sofa. “Shall I switch it off?”

“No,” she protested, “it’s still good. And anyway, I want to see your moustache.”

It’s interesting how Doctor Who from 25 years ago hasn’t aged as well as Doctor Who from 20 or 30 years ago.

Meanwhile, you can still pickup Attack of the Cybermen from Amazon for a superb £12.98!


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