New Study of the Works of Malcolm Hulke

Fans of the classic series may be interested in this new study of Malcolm Hulke’s injection of political thought into his Doctor Who adventures.

Doctor Who and the Communist; The Television Career of Malcolm Hulke

by Michael Herbert (Five Leaves Press, £4)

This publication was mentioned this week by actor Paul McGann who played the Doctor in a film in 1996. He tweeted “@MJHerbert has nicked the title I wanted for my memoir.”

Malcolm Hulke (1924-1979) (known as “Mac” to his friends), was a successful writer for radio, television and the cinema from the 1950s to the late 1970s. His work included episodes for Armchair Theatre and The Avengers and eight serials for Doctor Who, broadcast between 1967 and 1974, for which he is best remembered.

Malcolm was a socialist, belonging for a time to the Communist Party of Great Britain. In this pamphlet Michael Herbert examines the life and work of Malcolm Hulke and how his political views fed into his writing. This is the first study of his work.

Michael says, “The late 1960s and early 1970s was a period when when race, the destruction of the environment, industrial militancy, the Cold War and the liberation of women were live political issues. It’s not surprising that a writer such as Hulke, with a political background, incorporated these themes into his work through the medium of science fiction.”

He quotes Terrance Dicks, script editor on Doctor Who (1969-1974), who said, “What we never did was commission a Doctor Who with a political message but nonetheless if you look at it there is a streak of anti-authoritarianism in all Mac’s work: he doesn’t trust the establishment.”

Mac himself said of Doctor Who, “It’s a very political show. Remember what politics refers to, it refers to relationships between groups of people. It doesn’t necessarily mean left or right…so all Doctor Who’s are political, even though the other group of people are reptiles, they’re still a group of people.”

Mac died on 6 July 1979. Terrance Dicks recalls that, as a convinced atheist, he had left orders that there was to be no priest, no hymns or other ceremony at his funeral and that therefore his friends sat by the coffin not knowing what to do. “Finally Eric Paice stood up, slapped the coffin and said ‘well cheerio, Mac’ and wandered out. We all followed him.”

Michael Herbert is a Manchester-based historian. He watched the first Doctor Who episode, “An Unearthly Child” on 23 November 1963, aged 8, and has been watching regularly ever since. He will be teaching an evening class on the history of Doctor Who in the spring of 2015 at Aquinas College, Stockport. His Doctors are William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.

Doctor Who and the Communist costs £4 and can be purchased directly from Five Leaves Press by ringing 0115 8373097

http://fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/five-leaves-bookshop-occasional-papers/

 

Latest episode review videos

Hello all,

It’s been while since we posted, apologies!

Well we’re back with a whole host of videos from recent Glasgow Doctor Who Society meetings – with more to come!

We’ve been reviewing every episode of series 8 starring Peter Capaldi at our weekly meetups in Glasgow city centre, which you can find more about via this link.

Keep an eye on the website for further updates!

Glasgow Doctor Who Society video review – Into the Dalek!

The new series is here at last!

And obviously this has given the Glasgow Doctor Who Society lots to talk about.

Find out what the group thought of Episode Two, Into The Dalek, right here!

Stay tuned for more of our thoughts as the series progresses!

Cheers!

It’s Nearly Here!

Sorry things have been so quiet around here lately!

Real life has been getting in the way for all the mods here at the Glasgow Doctor Who Society but that’s all about to change as we head into a new series with a brand new Doctor!

Welcome Peter

Peter Capaldi IS Doctor Who!

As is traditional, our meetings will be going weekly while the show is on air, so we can discuss all the latest thrills, spills and adventure! So join us every Sunday from 6:30pm at the Crystal Palace on Jamaica Street!

See you there!

Quick! Survey closes on Monday – Classic Doctor Who Screenings in Glasgow

This survey will close this coming Monday! Make sure you add your voice to the growing list of interested people, there isn’t much time left – every survey answered increases the chances of a screenings really happening (unless you vote no in the survey, ha ha).
Once the survey has closed on Monday we will gather the results, to be published next Friday (28th of this month) with decision based on those results announced at the Glasgow Doctor Who Society meetup on the Sunday (2nd of March, two days later), so do come along to the Crystal Palace and join our meetup if you’d like to hear what we have decided following the survey.

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Survey – Screening of Classic Doctor Who in Glasgow

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Would you like to see a Classic Doctor Who story screened in Glasgow?

At our last meetup, there was a discussion about the possibility of the society running screenings of classic Doctor Who stories and recently a cinema in London has decided to screen newly-discovered and previously lost Troughton stories ‘The Web of Fear’ and ‘The Enemy of the World’.

We can do this. Two of our members, myself included, have trained with the Glasgow Film Theatre in how to run fully licensed cinema screenings and the society has been in touch with the British Film Institute to discuss possbilities.

We can run screenings of Classic Doctor Who.

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The real question is – do you want a screening of Classic Doctor Who?

Would you pay money for a ticket to see a story in a cinema when you might already own it at home? Well I’m excited about the idea of us all coming together for a great night out, see a story together, having drinks and a laugh at the same time.

Please fill out the survey below!

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You can come and discuss the idea of screenings with the rest of the group at tomorrow’s (Sunday 16th) Glasgow Doctor Who Society meetup, which you can join here.