Saturday, 6 May 2017

Growing-Up With The Doctor, Part 1: The Seventies

One abiding childhood memory I have is
of corned-beef butties (ie. sandwiches) and Horlicks. This was my bedtime treat on 
Hazel Ward. I had several ENT operations 
at St. Helens Hospital, and one doctor in particular aided my recovery, the Doctor.
Now demolished, the children's ward was famous locally for it's rocking horse, but for me it's biggest draw was the book trolley.
Amongst the old annuals and battered
kids classics, were the well-read paperback versions of fabled Doctor Whstories.
The first Target books I read were Day of 
the Daleks and The Cave Monsters. I also discovered a copy of the wondrous first
edition of The Making of Doctor Whowhere
 I first learnt about the Doctor's adventures.
As soon as I joined my local library, I sought
out their Target collection, and quickly 
devoured every title. I even recall finding 
a hardback copy of The Zarbi with Tom 
Baker on the cover!

My early favourites were such exotic, distant wonders like The Cybermen, 
The Abominable Snowmen, The Crusaders and The Daleks, with it's bizarre alternative premise to the series (set on Barnes Common, and bypassing
the events of that first monumental television story. I'd finally get to watch
An Unearthly Child  in 1981).
I bought my first Target novel, The Visitation in 1982, and this marks the
beginning of my obsession with this TV legend. This library of 156 titles was
my introduction to the worlds of Doctor Who, and for me, was one of the
most important aspects of growing-up in the 1970's.

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