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Published on June 5th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett

Jon Pertwee’s Autobiography Reprinted!

We hope, as a Doctor Who fan, or a casual fan, or someone who has an interest in science fiction that you know who Jon Pertwee is. If you’re young or if this is your first year getting to know Doctor Who then don’t panic, you have years to discover the actor who portrayed the Third Doctor so magnificently in the early 1970’s. In fact, if you want to discover more about the man himself (and not only was his brilliant but also hilariously funny as well) then now is the right time, as a reprint of his autobiography has just been released for the first time in 27 years.

Moon Boots and Dinner Suits

Pertwee was not only a comedian but also proved to audiences, largely through playing the Third Doctor, that he was an amazing actor as well. He brought his incarnation of the Doctor to life with Venusian Aikido, vigorous rubbing of his neck, an anti-establishment agenda and a warm and friendly smile. His autobiography, Moon Boots and Dinner Suits chronicles his life and career:

Jon Pertwee’s acting career began with a public performance at the age of 4. He seems to have been expelled from most of the schools his actor-writer father Roland Pertwee sent him to and finally joined RADA in 1936. From there too, he was asked to leave. Jon went into Rep and had a checkered career. In Brighton, panic set in when he dressed as an old gardener in Love from a Stranger instead of as a young cleric in Candida.

 

In 1938 came Jon’s first radio role in the BBC’s Lillibulero, in which year he also appeared in his father’s play, To Kill a Cat, directed by Henry Kendall at the Aldwych Theatre. When war came he joined the Navy, ramming Douglas Pier with an Isle of Man Stream Packet boat. He was blown up twice, once being put on a marble slab presumed dead, and spent many months stationed in the Scapa Flow. He was the founder of the Service Players in the Isle of Man. He was commissioned in the RNVR and transferred to Naval Intelligence where he worked and became good friends with the future Prime Minister James Callaghan. Then Jon joined Naval Broadcasting. His radio series, The Navy Lark, ran for eighteen years and produced some truly vintage memories of radio.

 

Whether telling stories of a misspent youth, of his posterior’s first painful introduction to a fives bat or his exploits with the McKenzie sisters in the north of Scotland, Jon Pertwee’s humour and natural wit never fail him. Moon Boots and Dinner Suits is a wry, funny and endearing portrait of the early years of a most innovative and well-loved actor
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This paperback is available from all good bookshops and online retailers now; you can get a copy for only £12.99 from Forbidden Planet!

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About the Author

What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




4 Responses to Jon Pertwee’s Autobiography Reprinted!

  1. Mark says:

    I’ve got the original print well worth a read. The man was amazing.

  2. authorman94 says:

    I hope they reprint his second autobiography as well (mostly because it’s gone out of print), Pertwee is “my” Doctor (not to mention he was my first Doctor as well) and had a very fascinating life, especially with the details revealed recently about him being a secret agent in World War II.


  3. Jon Pertwee has always been, and still is, my favourite doctor. I will get a copy of the autobiography.

  4. zarbisupremo says:

    I read Bernard Bale’s biography of him, but all the way through I kept wishing that it was the man himself that wrote it. He certainly did lead a very fascinating life, and I do wish I’d met him when he was in Glasgow for The Ultimate Adventure. Unfortunately, the only person I got to meet was David Banks, who was a very nice bloke and autographed my programme.

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