Barry's began his career as an actor; he switched to directing in the 1960s. Who and Me recounts the journey he took from struggling actor to successful producer, and the ups and downs of working on Doctor Who during the Jon Pertwee years.
Along the way he describes the personalities he worked with during that time, from his script editor, Terrance Dicks, and the stars of the series to the senior management of the BBC, with whom he had encounters.
©2007 Barry Letts; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I don't know if I would read this book again, but I did enjoy the read. I grew up on Doctor Who and I'm finding it fascinating to learn more about the show from the early years from those who were involved. In the US, it was much harder to get access to this information, so having Barry Letts tell us is a real bonus. I'm sure there are things you will learn you didn't know or may not have guessed!
This feels more like sitting down with a friend and having him regale his experiences from his days on the program and how he got there. This gives it a greater connection than someone who doesn't have the emotions and personal connection.
"The Early Pertwee Years"
This is a very enjoyable memoir from Barry Letts. He outlines his early career as an actor (appearing on live tv with Patrick Troughton)through his decision to become a director and then his appointment as producer of \"Doctor Who\".
Barry provides an entertaining look behind the scenes for his first two seasons in charge. Anyone looking for behind the scenes gossip may be disappointed as it is not that type of memoir. In any case, the author strikes me as too discrete, courteous and gentlemanly to go in for that sort of nonsense.
The memoir ends with a tease of plans for his third season in charge and I eagerly look forward to the next volume.
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