It’s Doctor Who’s Birthday

Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, and a new book sees celebs reveal their fave memories of the cult show. Here are a few choice extracts…
BySarah SwainWednesday , 20 November 2013
Dr. Who
Dr. Who
Sophia Myles, actress
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Sophia Myles, actress
Al Murray, comedian
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Al Murray, comedian
Rufus Hound, Comedian
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Rufus Hound, Comedian
Behind the Sofa
Behind the Sofa

Sophia Myles, actress

I’m going to out myself. I was Madame De Pompadour in The Girl in the Fireplace and I’ve got no idea what was going on. No, really. I read the script, I tried to get it. In the moment, it kind of made sense. Then I watched it, and… well I guess I’m not ‘science fiction’ enough for it… I’ve watched it a million times. My mum’s tried to explain it, my brother has, my boyfriend has… However, I do think the story’s really beautiful.

Rufus Hound, comedian 

I’m not one of those Doctor Who fans. But the double bill of Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead changed everything: my day, my outlook, my emotional integrity. These episodes encapsulate everything that is most wonderful about this series. That the Doctor should be forced to recognise his soulmate, then be responsible for her ascent to digital heaven, is to fully exploit the unique opportunities that writing for Doctor Who affords you. I sat with tears streaming down my face. 

Al Murray, comedian

Some of my hottest memories of telly as a kid are of the fourth Doctor. And the hottest memory of the lot is Pyramids of Mars [1975]. It’s scarf-wearing, jelly-baby loving, curly-haired Doctor Who in its pomp. But the bit that stuck with me is when Sarah Jane said words to the effect of: “The world didn’t end. I’m from 1980. Who cares?” So the Doctor starts up the TARDIS and takes her to 1980. They open the doors and the world is a barren wasteland. The Doctor says: “See? We have to do something.” It’s a fabulous moment. 

INFO: Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Dr Who by Steve Berry, priced Dhs59 plus shipping and handling, is available from www.amazon.com, with all author royalties being donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK

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