IS THERE LIFE OUT­SIDE THE BOX?

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Nick Setch­field

It’s not just cricket

re­leased OUT NOW! 288 pages | Hard­back Au­thor Peter dav­i­son Pub­lisher John Blake Pub­lish­ing

A gen­uine TV star but

never a chat show fix­ture or tabloid tar­get, Peter Dav­i­son al­ways felt too pri­vate, too un­der­stated, too Bri­tish for an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. The sub­tlest Doc­tor Who, he had none of the out­size charisma of Jon Per­twee or Tom Baker – and, you sus­pected, none of the tall tales and show­boat­ing anec­dotes that powered his pre­de­ces­sors’ mem­oirs.

“I’ve am­bled through my ca­reer,” he con­fesses, re­mem­ber­ing the frag­ile chain of luck that took him from a gui­tar-strum­ming, am­bi­tion-free ex­is­tence in kaf­tan and beads to a golden spell as the un­of­fi­cial face of the BBC in the early ’80s. He’s the prod­uct of South Lon­don sub­ur­bia but this is, you re­alise, a life less or­di­nary: his fa­ther, fas­ci­nat­ingly, was a mixed-race West In­dian, gold-toothed and flir­ta­tious.

It’s a wry, en­gag­ing, of­ten killingly funny read, with a win­ning line in self-dep­re­ca­tion. And while you won’t be short-changed by the Doc­tor Who bits (there’s an eye-open­ing in­sight into a Per­twee-Baker ego-clash at a US con­ven­tion), Dav­i­son’s life beyond the TARDIS is just as wor­thy of your time.

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