Anneke Wills: ‘Takes the Power Back’

Mammoth Doctor Who convention Regenerations was treated to the sight of actress Anneke Wills – who played Polly, companion to both the First and the Second Doctors – firing her publisher Tim Hirst of Hirst Publishing on stage last week.

The actress, who is about to celebrate her seventieth birthday, is a convention regular and has been engaged in writing and promoting her two-volume autobiography Self Portrait and Naked, which were both released and marketed by Hirst Publishing, who have also published Blue Box Boy by Matthew Waterhouse and Second Thoughts by Colin Baker, amongst many other Who related titles.

An exasperated Anneke took to the stage and launched a series of allegations against Hirst such as: fan letters being withheld (Anneke doesn’t own a computer and relies on Hirst to relay fans well wishes to her), books being falsely listed as out of print on Amazon, and, the publication and subsequent pre-orders taken by Hirst from fans for a third volume which Wills had never approved (n.b ‘the third volume’ was apparently intended to be a compendium of the previous volumes rather than another memoir as Wills seems to believe).

And to add insult to injury; the whole thing was filmed by fans…

Hirst have since removed her titles from its own website although the link from Anneke’s site to Hirst’s is still active. Self Portrait and Naked are currently available from Amazon.

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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