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/

 

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!

Glasgow Who vs Eggheads!

The long wait is nearly over!

On Thursday 23 January 2014 at 18:00 on BBC2, you will be able to see the Glasgow Doctor Who Society team, Alan McWhan, David Cherry, Deirdre Rusling, Barry Stanton and Kenny Smith (with David Steel in reserve) taking on the Eggheads in the popular BBC quiz show.

Who will win? Or will they…?! (Sorry. Couldn’t resist the pun.)

Tune in and find out!

Glasgow Doctor Who Events Update

Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to answer our poll questions on the possibility of a Glasgow Doctor Who convention.

On the plus side, we have had more responses to the polls than we expected. There appear to be a fair number of people interested in the idea of Glasgow events and that is a very positive sign for the future.

However, from the responses we have received, any convention we may hope to organise in 2014 would be risky at best.

Attempting to match the number and type of guest attendees would expect with the price they would be willing to pay for a ticket is simply bringing us to the conclusion that, at this point in time, it would be a struggle to break even on any such event, never mind make money for our nominated charity.

Sadly, that means we will have to put the idea on hold while we continue to build the group’s numbers to the point where we are confident in being able to successfully run an event without such a high financial risk.

Thanks again for your support. Sorry we’re not quite in a position to make it happen… yet.

But who knows? Maybe 2015?

The best thing we can all do to help make an event a reality in future is to keep telling people about the group on Twitter and Facebook and, above all, keep joining in with all the fun at our regular meetings!

We hope to see you all at our regular group meetings at the Crystal Palace on Jamaica Street, from 6:30pm on the first and third Sunday of every month.

Cheers!