Blue Box Boy
- Narrated by: Matthew Waterhouse
- Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 16-07-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: What Noise Productions
This memoir holds nothing back: written with honesty, warmth, a rapier wit and a good dose of self-depreciation, the book is essential listening for any "Doctor Who" fan. Finally, we get to hear Matthew's side of a story which has been told and embellished and imagined by fans and fellow actors for years. This affectionate and darkly humourous memoir is a record of what it was like to make Doctor Who, and to work for the BBC in early '80s, and is proof that you can take the actor out of Doctor Who, but you can never quite take Doctor Who out of the actor...
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By PAUL W. KELLY on 27-11-15
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. Especially fans of the television series Doctor Who (1963-89, 1994, 2005- ). It is a wonderful insight into the production of classic Doctor who.
What did you like best about this story?
Due to the subject matter, this book is largely for fans of the television series Doctor Who, and it was entertaining, funny and delightful.
Matthew has an excellent voice for narrating and is excellent with his voice characterisation and energetic portrayal of his stories. His sharing of what it is like to be both a childhood fan of a tv institution such as Doctor Who and then find what the reality is like when he joins that same show (good and bad) is really fascinating.
I appreciated his candid sharing and really for the most part it was very humble and earthy. occasionally it was barbed and a touch bitter, but it clearly reflects the wounds of his time in th at role. It becomes clear that some expected too much of an eighteen year old who had started in a major television show with not a lot of prior experience and who was struggling at times to deal as best he could with his own insecurities and issues let alone others. The only thing i found off-putting was his use of the third person when referring to himself. The book was originally written in the third person but how i wished Matthew had just changed it to "I" and "me" in the audio narration. it would then have been quite perfect.
One can resonate with his comment that a few of his humorous comments made during his acting career were taken the wrong way, because some people cannot understand comic irony and miss the joke and take a comment on its literal level to the detriment of the person. This book is the better for Matthew narrating it. he is a natural and entertaining and humorous story teller. at one point i thought "gosh he sounds like Colin Baker." i also thought, you know if he played Adric now he would be a million times better albeit older. i reckon he would be an excellent Doctor. yes, you read that line correctly.
A couple of vignettes in the book i found confusing. a bit of clarification would help. I enjoyed the book and found it poignant.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and I did
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By Peter Mullins on 28-02-18
Just delightful to hear Matthew narrate not only some of his own Who performing story but to hear his heartfelt telling of his whole Who experience - before, during and after. Special, worthy listening indeed.