Dalek I Loved You: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Edition

Dalek I Loved You: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Edition

Nick Griffiths

Language: English

Pages: 288


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A Special Edition ebook to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, featuring a host of new images, interviews and updated text...

Nick Griffiths watched his first Doctor Who aged four and a bit. He would have hidden behind the sofa but it was back against the wall and his parents didn't let him move furniture so he hid behind a cushion instead. He's since been told by his mum and dad that they didn't have a sofa only armchairs. So this book should really be called Behind the Armchair, but that didn't sound right. And so began a life long obsession. When Doctor Who started getting rubbish (after Tom Baker basically) he nearly escaped into the world of music and girls until he discovered someone selling tapes of old episodes in the small ads and that was that again. Only in the last few years has an anti-social obsession become something he can earn a living from as a journalist and happily this coincided with Doctor Who getting good again. Plus he has a son now so he can claim he's watching it for him. Oh and his son's called Dylan not Gallifrey or Davros.

"A very funny book for anyone who grew up wearing Tom Baker underpants. I know I did." DAVID TENNANT

"An unadulterated nostalgia-fest written with fun, wit and love. I'm a number of years younger than Griffiths and of a different sex, but I've rarely read anything that so reflects my own opinions and feelings about the series and more besides. If friends, parents and partners don't quite comprehend a fan's love for the Doctor, this is the book that might help them get there." DR WHO MAGAZINE

"He conjures up just how mind-blowing it was for an ordinary suburban kid to be transported to a realm of danger and rampant sci-fi imaginings." FINANCIAL TIMES

"If I am getting carried away, it is the fault of Griffiths's awfully charming memoir of boyhood and Doctor Who, with its deft evocations of eight-year-old invincibility and embarrassing school discos as well as arguments about Cybermen vs Autons or Jon Pertwee vs Tom Baker. Griffiths's chatty, self-deprecating style is disarming..." THE GUARDIAN

"Popbitch's favourite new memoir." POPBITCH

"... he writes with such wit and warmth, and a strong line in observational humour." THE DAILY MAIL

"... the book Nick Hornby would have written if he'd spent his life obsessing over Doctor Who rather than footie. Nostalgic and funny." THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

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the opposition and parents, and each of us was allocated guardians for the three-day trip. I can't remember the name of my family, sadly, or their affable son, but they were incredibly good to me, which I repaid by nipping upstairs on arrival and weeing in their bidet. According to a local newspaper clipping my mother has kept, we beat the ex-pats, then two French sides, and our A team ended up playing our B team in the final of a sevens (seven-a-side) tournament. I distinctly remember playing

it would look bad on my report. I said I'd think about it. I accepted. It was a start. I lost touch with Doctor Who around that time. It didn't help that the schedulers had moved the series from its traditional Saturday teatime slot to Monday and Tuesday evenings, while we were enduring prep (homework - no telly, no talking). That wasn't the only barrier. As anyone of the era will tell you, Peter Davison made his name in All Creatures Great and Small. Christopher Timothy was James Herriot,

couldn't drag me away, though the offer of a salt-blown, shuttered house overlooking the sea and a pet dog that bounces might. I chose an intercollegiate hall, housing students from all London universities, hoping that it would mean a broader range of potential mates. Hughes Parry Hall is on Cartwright Gardens, south of Euston Road near King's Cross. It's a tall block and I was allocated room 501, on the fifth floor. I point it out to Sinead and Dylan every time we drive past and they are

solving equations that were literally Greek. I had not a clue, and I failed to care. There was no way I was going into electronics as a career, which was handy since no one would have had me. The fruit machine never got made. I can wire a plug and spot a capacitor, and that's about the extent of it. Two events stand out from those years in higher education. You will notice that neither of them involves intimacy with a lady. Live Aid - 13 July 1985 Jane got the tickets and four of us camped

months ago). Shaun Phillips Sounds Reviews Editor' If I was still interested?! I'd read Sounds since I was a kid! It was a music bible to tens of thousands. One of the trinity of ‘inkies’. They had interviewed Bowie, Bolan, Big Audio Dynamite, Band Aid, Bauhaus, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Beat, possibly even Brotherhood of Man. And they were asking me to write for them. I literally jumped up and down, going ‘Yes!’ repeatedly, until lack of fitness made me sit down and shut up. By then,

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