I got this one as a freebie for the Kindle (there’s a lot out there), and was immediately attracted by the Dr. Who theme. Nick Griffiths is a TV reviewer and journalist, who fell in love with Dr. Who long before I had any idea who or what that was. He saw his first episode when he was about four years old. He’s about my age, but I guess he was closer to it by virtue of being in England. I’d heard of the show, and kinda remember Tom Baker (he’s the one with the scarf, right?), but never really paid much attention.
Unlike Nick Griffiths, who seems to remember every episode he ever watched, and has definite opinions about which Doctor is his favorite (and why some of the others were rubbish). Interestingly, his first episode involved John Pertwee as the Doctor and Autons as the bad guys. My first episode involved Chris Eccleston as the Doctor and Autons as the bad guys. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.
The book isn’t just about Griffiths’ love for all things Doctor, it’s more about growing up in the 70s and 80s, and the impact that had on the way he turned out. It’s not just the TV, but the music, and the rapid way the world was changing at that time. Just about everything he says in the book struck a chord with me, difference in country of origin notwithstanding.
This is a great book for those of us of a certain age, as well as Dr. Who fans. In fact, it’s not even necessary to be a Whovian to enjoy this book.