For those not familiar with auteur theory, the idea is that what you see on screen is the director’s vision and that the director is responsible for everything in the film or television and that input from others is minimal. The theory is debated, to say the least.
What does this have to do with Doctor Who? Well, if you subscribe to the theory, despite the input he had into classic 70s tales The Green Death and Colony In Space, Michael E. Briant is very much a niche name in Doctor Who fandom.
Whether out of a sense of frustration that he’s not recognised enough or just because he has the spare time, he’s sat down and written a memoir, appropriately entitled Who Is Michael E. Briant? Giants of magazine publishing SFX have given it a review, which makes for interesting reading.
Briant’s discussion of Who ends by page 104, and his work on the first series of Blake’s 7 gets pretty short shrift (just five pages).
Fans of his work on Doctor Who, Blake’s 7 and…err…Emmerdale are hereby warned that the book is not a tell-all piece about the entirety of his time on the show or a book filled with gossip about his subjects. They should be encouraged by the fact that SFX describes it as
A solid, unsensational read, best suited to aficionados of ‘70s TV in general.