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As a boy, Matthew Waterhouse loved Doctor Who. Every Saturday he watched the programme, and he read all the novels and comic strips. The magical recollection of his childhood passion will evoke nostalgic memories in every fan.
At 18 he was cast as the youngest ever companion in two of the series’ most inventive seasons. He discovered that working on Doctor Who in 1980 was not for the faint-hearted.
With warmth, generosity and wit, Matthew documents the making of the programme, through vivid thumbnail sketches of the cast and crew and countless anecdotes. Frequently funny, often surprising, sometimes astounding; this is an affectionate memoir of the surreal, absurd world of minor celebrity.
Richly entertaining from first page to last, Blue Box Boy will delight everyone who likes Doctor Who. It is an essential book on the subject.
Note: Limited edition of 150 signed copies.
Note: Limited edition produced specially for the Gallifrey 2011 convention in Los Angeles. Compared to the original UK paperback edition, it has slightly amended cover art and an extra feature at the end: “Matthew’s Fantasy Desert Island Discs”
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Note: Contains minor amendments and a new introduction by the author.
He watched every episode; read all the novels and comic strips.
His life took a sudden twist when he was thrust into an alien and adult world — cast as Doctor Who’s youngest ever travelling companion for two of the series’ most inventive seasons. Matthew’s sense of wonder at getting his dream job, and his love for the show, are palpable; as is his shock at genuine hostilities between cast and crew members and tensions on set, which are counterpointed with poignant reminders that he is just a boy, and still a fan, who finds himself in the absurd, comic world of minor celebrity.
Blue Box Boy is a detailed memoir of Matthew’s time on Doctor Who, peppered with glimpses into Matthew’s personal life, tales of conventions and DVD commentaries, and some revealing anecdotes about Matthew’s co-stars and some of Doctor Who’s more high-profile fans.
As a memoir it holds nothing back, and it is written with honesty, warmth, wit and self-deprecation.
This affectionate and darkly humorous memoir is a record of what it was like to make Doctor Who, and to work for the BBC, in the early 1980s.