Just like his Time Lord hero, An­drew was trans­ported back to the 1980s

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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

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