Patrick Troughton: The Biography

Narrated by: Michael Troughton
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Respected and loved, Patrick Troughton is probably best remembered as the second Doctor Who - a role in which he made television history. A prolific actor, he was also a complex and troubled man, constantly wrestling with two lives, one of which he was determined to keep secret.

Michael Troughton presents here an entertaining and personal account of his father’s professional and private life. Meticulously researched, he explores Patrick’s childhood, his experiences at sea during World War II and the successful acting career which led to his historic casting as Doctor Who in 1966.

Patrick’s Doctor Who years are recalled in vivid detail, from his initial uncertainty about taking on the part through the legendary 'monster year', to his troubled final season and three subsequent returns to the role.

In this fascinating biography, Patrick’s extraordinary career and his multi-layered personal life are enhanced by the memories of family members, actors, friends and colleagues. Michael peppers the book with revealing extracts from Patrick’s own diaries. This audiobook is an honest, affectionate and complete account of Patrick Troughton the actor, and Patrick Troughton the man.

©2016 Fantom Publishing (P)2016 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd/Fantom Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Completely engrossing." (Vanessa Bishop, Doctor Who Magazine)
"A book of such remarkable honesty and openness." (Ian Berriman, SFX)

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A very kind and gentle appreciation of a father by his son.

A very enjoyable sharing of his fathers life by his son. Told with love, kindness, and appreciation. It held my interest straight through, and was over too soon, as was PT. A great deal of information about PT during his Dr Who time that fills in the holes. I will rewatch some of the episodes with better understanding and appreciation. The difficult and painful parts are told with exquisite kindness and compassion. I have never read or heard any memoir like it, because it is as much the son’s memoir as the fathers biography. DT has done a wonderful heart touching job. Highly recommended.

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  • jonathan coulton
  • 05-08-19

Pure brilliance

I was throughly entertained whilst listening to this. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in Patrick Troughton, Acting, film and theatre.

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  • The Salopian
  • 12-03-16

A brilliant insight into a much-loved actor

Would you consider the audio edition of Patrick Troughton: The Biography to be better than the print version?

As a fan of audiobooks and of Doctor Who I was delighted to listen to this. Read by the Author it offers insight, warmth and humour without descending into sentimentality.

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A lovely book about the life of one of Britain's most loved actors. Written by his son it is a book that offers insight and honesty, and its frankness is one of its best features.

A lovely book.

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  • PAUL W. KELLY
  • 04-21-17

Excellent

A fascinating and really informative biography of the Character Actor Patrick Troughton. Written and narrated by his son who does a perfect impression of his father's voice, whenever quoting his words or letters. It is a really interesting insight into his life, his career and acting technique and also an intriguing study of a man of contradictions. Highly recommended and a must for Doctor Who to series fans as well but great for anyone interested in British theatre, and the early years of British Cinema and television.