Just like his Time Lord hero, Andrew was transported back to the 1980s
Rutherglen’s Doctor Who writer Andrew Smith has been taken back in time with a new interview DVD.
Andrew, a former pupil of Stonelaw High School, became the first-ever fan of the series to write for the hit BBC show in 1980, when he was commissioned to write a four-part story for the show’s 18th year.
The adventure, entitled Full Circle, starred Fourth Doctor Tom Baker, and gained Andrew a level of fame in the Doctor Who world, as he was just 17 when he was commissioned to write the script.
Since the 1980s, Doctor Who fan Keith Barnfather has been producing Myth Makers, a series of interviews with the stars and production team of the series, and last year he asked Andy if he would be happy to tell his story.
Andy, formerly of Eskdale Drive but now living in England, said: “I was asked to do it when I was at a convention in Liverpool last summer, when I was invited to another one, called Back To The Eighties, which was in Manchester.
“Keith Barnfather was there videoing in Liverpool, and he got in touch and said he’d like to do a Myth Makers on me.
“I said I’d be up for doing it and we arranged to do it at Back to the Eighties - it was as straight forward as that.
“We did the convention on the Saturday and on the Sunday morning, got a room and just recorded it.”
Keith confirmed: “As a fan of Doctor Who myself, it was always an ambition of mine to interview Andrew for our Myth Makers series. His story, of a teenage fan with ambitions to become a successful writer and then landing a job writing for Doctor Who itself, was one I wanted to hear and to tell. I’m delighted we’ve finally managed to do it!”
Andy, who was interviewed on the DVD extras of Full Circle, was determined to find fresh anecdotes for the disc.
Although he only wrote one Doctor Who story on TV, he has since returned to writing audio episodes of the series for Big Finish Productions, who produced officially licensed adventures from the BBC.
Andy continued: “Before I did the interview, I went back and watched what I’d done for the DVD of Full Circle, and tried to come up with things which I hadn’t said before, like working with Tom Baker.
“It was interesting from that point of view, seeing what I could remember, and of course I was able to talk about the other things I’d done, after working on Doctor Who, with the plays and comedy I’d written, as well as the police.
“I talk about writing for Big Finish as well, particularly for UNIT and the War Doctor.
“It was a lovely thing to do as they had found some photographs which were taken on location at the time and I hadn’t seen some of them before. As soon as I saw them, the memories came flooding back, especially when I saw the costume truck.
“I gave them a few pictures myself, including one of me, aged 10, in my Calderwood Primary uniform.
“It was really good fun to do.”
Write stuff Rutherglen Doctor Who writer Andrew Smith, a former Stonelaw High School pupil