Who’s Behind the Sofa?

Comedians, actors, authors and politicians make up this veritable Who’s Who of celebrity Doctor Who anecdotes, compiled by Talk Sport reviewer and writer, Steve Berry.

Behind the Sofa compiler, Steve Berry

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.

Among the contributions are memories from the likes of Al Murray, Stephen Merchant, Bill Oddie, Lynda Bellingham, Nicholas Parsons,  Rhys Thomas, Jenny Colgan, Jonathan Ross, Charlie Brooker, Louise Mensch,Tom Harris, plus BSFA award winners and nominees Neil Gaiman, Paul Cornell and Kim Lakin-Smith.

Cool artwork has been provided by popular Doctor Who Magazine artist Ben Morris and the book retails at £14.99 with all profits going to  Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The book is available from Troubador Press.


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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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