One thing that seems to growing since the return of Doctor Who is the number of books about former stars of the show, and it is great to see that actor Michael Troughton (best known for his role in The New Statesman) has been working on a biography of his father, Patrick Troughton, who played the Doctor from 1966-1969.
Patrick Troughton: The Biography of the Second Doctor Who covers all manner of details about the actor’s life, covering his time in World War II and of course the transitional period which established Doctor Who as a show that could run and run.
Respected and loved, Patrick Troughton is probably best remembered as the second Doctor Who – a role in which he made television history. A prolific actor, he was also a complex and troubled man, constantly wrestling with two lives, one of which he was determined to keep secret.
Michael Troughton presents here an entertaining and personal account of his father’s professional and private life. Meticulously researched, he explores Patrick’s childhood, his experiences at sea during World War II and the successful acting career which led to his historic casting as Doctor Who in 1966. Patrick’s Doctor Who years are recalled in vivid detail, from his initial uncertainty about taking on the part through the legendary ‘monster years’, to his troubled final season and three subsequent returns to the role.
In this fascinating biography, Patrick’s extraordinary career and his multi-layered personal life are enhanced by the memories of family members, actors, friends and colleagues. Michael peppers the book with revealing extracts from Patrick’s own diaries, and many rare and personal photographs. This book is an honest, affectionate and complete account of Patrick Troughton the actor, and Patrick Troughton the man.
Featuring an afterword by Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, this hardback title is currently due for release on December 1st, 2011. You can purchase direct from publishers Hirst Books for £19.99 or head to Amazon where Patrick Troughton: The Biography of the Second Doctor Who is listed for £14.99!