If, like me, you were a child of the 80’s then you will have grown up watching the adventures of the Doctor as portrayed by the marvelous Sylvester McCoy and, quite possibly, enjoying them massively as I did.
The reign of the Seventh Doctor saw the arrival of the iconic companion Ace, the first Dalek to master stairs and the return of the Brigadier, the Master and the Cybermen. It also restored a great deal of the mystery to the character and that is thanks to the man who oversaw the era, script editor Andrew Cartmel. It was his vision that revived the flagging fortunes of the show, coupled with a batch of exceptional scripts from a string of new writers.
A while back, Cartmel published a memoir of his time on the show, a sort of production diary, covering his time as script editor for the series titled Script Doctor, alas it has been out of print for a while now and changing hands on ebay and amazon for anywhere up to three times the cover price.
But now, thanks to the folks at Miwk publishing we have a shiny new edition being released. Extras exclusive to this new edition include a new introduction by current series showrunner Steven Moffat, a new afterword by Ace actress Sophie Aldred and a new coda from Andrew Cartmel. It also carries many more photographs on top of the already impressive 32 pages of pitures.
So who among you shall be adding this to your Christmas lists? Do any of you own the original edition; if so, will the extra content be enough to sway you into getting a second copy, or perhaps you will be parting with your original in favour of the updated version? Whatever your views or feelings drop us a message below and let us know.
Expect a chat with the brilliant Andrew Cartmel soon on Kasterborous…