Look Who’s Talking
By Colin Baker
Colin Baker, whose acting credits include (of course) the role of the Sixth Doctor (the coat will tell you it was during the 1980s), has been writing a newspaper column for 'The Bucks Free Press' since 1995. This new book is an anthology of some of his best columns, with newly written linking material.
This is by no means a collection of writing solely based around Doctor Who, although naturally there's a sprinkling of columns associated with the great show.
The material is based on Colin's general musings regarding a whole range of subjects, arranged in the following chapters:
Grumpy Old Git
Television - from both sides
That Was the Year That Was
The Age of Chaos
An Actor’s Life for Me
Flights of Fancy
Issues of the 90s
Words, Words, Words
A Selection of Early Articles
A Red Top to a Bull
21 Century News
A Sporting Life
Treading the Boards
The Mundungus Chapter
There are plenty of wry observations about everyday annoyances, such as in the second chapter.
'I suppose it will come as no surprise to anyone who has met me or spent any time in my company that there is a certain, shall we say, ''grumpiness'' bubbling away under my seemingly benign and easy-going exterior. This is apparent, I must admit, in the following selection of examples of frustration venting and downright irascibility.'
He rails against the stubbornness of smokers, the difficulties involve d when trying to buy home insurance, chain-letter emails ('...a 21st Century equivalent of knocking on doors and running away'), cyclists riding on pavements and the impossibility of getting a quote for the repair of a printer. Readers will find themselves nodding and laughing will familiarity throughout the chapter.
'It's official. I am turning into Victor Meldrew', he confesses.
'...get that sofa away from the wall! The Doctor is back with a vengeance.'
On a lighter note, 'Words Words Words' is a treat for those who share the author's fascination with the English language.
'Once we have a generation who can appreciate the complexities of grammar again, rather than shy away from them, our written language might once again produce sentences with series of interlinked clauses, adjectival phrases and dare to tiptoe into a subjunctive mood.'
I'm sure he could write a whole book on the subject of the English language. Maybe he will...?
This book will obviously be on the shopping lists of Doctor Who fans, but it should also appeal to anyone who enjoys well-written, thought provoking articles on a whole range of subjects. It's a terrific book for dipping into; a great book for the bedside table or train journey.
The publisher, Hirst Books, cut their teeth with two popular autobiographical volumes of Anneke Wills. Production values are very high. Their books are very attractive, with well designed covers and strong spines
They are currently in the process of expanding their range and have several new titles in the pipeline. A sequel to ‘Look Who’s Talking’ is scheduled for an October release and is called 'Whether You Like it Or Not'. A collection of Colin Baker's short stories is also in the pipeline.
Pre-orders are encouraged (and can be done so with confidence) and usually have the added bonuses of guaranteeing a signed copy and the buyer's name included in a special section at the end of the books.
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