The Five Doctors, 1983
Behind The Sofa is a collection of over 100 celebrity memories of Doctor Who, compiled in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Steve Berry decided to undertake this project in memory of his mother Janet, who suffered from Alzheimer’s in her final years and passed away in 2009. The book has taken more than four years to put together and its publication has been “crowd-funded” by the pre-orders of an enthusiastic Whovian community.
100% of the book royalties, proceeds and net profit will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Contributors include comedians Al Murray, Stephen Merchant, and Bill Oddie; actors Lynda Bellingham, Nicholas Parsons, and Rhys Thomas; writers Neil Gaiman, Jenny Colgan, Jonathan Ross and Charlie Brooker and politicians Louise Mensch and Tom Harris. In addition, there is input from a number of the writers, actors and production staff who were involved in creating Doctor Who stories new and old.
“I always had a sneaking suspicion that everyone in the world loves Doctor Who. Now I have proof! If I could get all the famous names who contributed to this book into one room, it would be the maddest Doctor Who party ever. Until then, their favourite memories of the programme are preserved for all to see. Plus, everyone who buys a copy will be helping to give hope to the 820,000 people in the UK living with dementia today,” says author Steve Berry.
The book has been beautifully illustrated by popular Doctor Who Magazine artist Ben Morris and is a must-have for Whovians worldwide.
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18 September 2012
Doctor Who Magazine
Alzheimer's Research UK
A wonderful and warm read. There are plenty of funny and charming stories about the magic effect of the Police Box Show.
Some people recall working on the show, some recall meeting or personally knowing one of the show's stars (Chris Tarrant's car park memories of Sylvester McCoy are so funny) and like most of us, some recall watching the show as a child and what associations it has for them.
I was surprised how many were genuinely terrified by it, don't get me wrong it scared me but never to the point where I couldn't watch!
You'll probably find something that strikes a chord, for me it was Hugh Bonneville's '60's memories of waiting for Final Score to finish on a Saturday and the dull tones of the announcer giving the football scores. Believe it was just the same for me in the early '70's!
There are some poignant stories Ghostlight author's Mark Platt notably and there are a few mentions of the dreadful disease that Steve Berry has put this unique book together to help fight-Alzheimer's.
These may make you feel a little sad but are a fitting inclusion.
This has been a very worthwhile enterprise and I think if it's the success it deserves to be then Mr Berry could perhaps do a good follow up or 2. Maybe a list of celebs' favourite stories with their reasons why the story means so much to them?
Either way, please support this book. I recommend it very highly!
by Robin Clark