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The author of the book: Peter Davison
Edition: John Blake
Date of issue: January 1st 2017
ISBN: 1786061120
ISBN 13: 9781786061126
Language: English
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If you’re a celebrity writing a memoir, especially if you’re a man of a certain age and a certain mid-level fame, the spectre of Alan Partridge will always loom. The wise man owns this, for by acknowledging you’re a bit Partridge, you at least ensure you don’t go full Partridge (and you should never go full Partridge). And Peter Davison, as much as he wouldn’t admit it in public, is a wise man. So he’s quite upfront about stuff like being an actor who’s only done two feature films (and one of those was with Michael Winner, so doesn’t really count). Davison has always been good at a certain self-deprecating Britishness – but it’s the sly sort, where by being a little modest about oneself, you can get away with being absolutely savage about everyone else and yet still come across as a good egg. This is a book which has on its cover a quote from the Mail calling it “A hugely enjoyable book”, despite containing the line “There was at least a small amount of truth in their assessment, which for the Daily Mail is surprising.” Nor are they the only ones to get a discreet kicking, though for the most part professional solidarity means directors and producers get it far worse than other actors (with the obvious and understandable exception of Adric). Davison resists the urge to make the book too thoroughly about Doctor Who, while being well aware that it will probably always be his defining role. Put it this way: if you enjoyed 'The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’, you’ll find the same dry humour here, but this is not a book which needs readers to have seen 'The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’. Nor do you have to have heard, or even heard of, Big Finish to appreciate Davison’s take on his first story for them, the multi-Doctor Sirens of Time: “I had almost no idea what the story was about, which was a tiny bit more than Colin and Sylvester did, but we all enjoyed the experience enormously.” It’s a gently amusing autobiography, rather than the sort full of shocking revelations – though I was amazed to learn that Davison, the blondest and most blue-eyed Doctor, is in fact of mixed racial heritage, having a West Indian father. And also that arranger Nelson Riddle’s son was the man who gave the UK unreliable VCR-programming technology VideoPlus+, though I suppose that’s maybe more of a niche news item. The heart of the book is probably the chat with another veteran of low budget BBC SF, Gareth Thomas, aka the Blake who never quite seemed to have exactly Seven. He was selective, wanted to establish a legacy, didn’t take every job that came along; Davison was petrified whenever he didn’t have a gig, so tended to accept whatever. And on balance, the latter’s unfussy approach seems to have made him a much happier man with a much more impressive career, however much he might try to deny it.


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Ebook Is There Life Outside The Box?: An Actor Despairs read Online! Peter Davison (born Peter Moffett) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Tristan Farnon in the television version of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small and the fifth incarnation of the Doctor.


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