Doctor Who fans don’t often get to hear a lot about the people
with a small recurring part in the show–and Simon is quite funny.
He first appeared as ‘Dorium Maldovar’–the large, blue intergalactic Black Marketeer–in a brief exchange with Dr Song (then played by Alex Kingston) in 2010. Almost immediately he was called on to appear at Sci-Fi fan conventions he kindly describes as “part car boot sale, part antiques fair–crossed with a zoo”.
When asked about his autobiography, he set about the challenge. In this, the first of a planned trilogy, he explains the source of the title and also what to expect in the following two books.
The memoir is well structured, following a time line from his origins his career, and those who have influenced him. The anecdotes are entertaining and the entire memoir lets us “hear” his voice and personality. Beginning on stage at age sixteen as Mr. Bumble in a school production of Oliver, he also appeared as the Fat Friar ghost in Hufflepuff House. He tells of his many other performances, and includes anecdotes of other film and stage personalities and professionals he has worked with or befriended.
Within the pages, Simon explains what works for one who wants to become an actor, and much of the advice can be paraphrased to apply to any career beginner. His Trials and Tribulation are ironically amusing.
Overall it is thoroughly enjoyable to read–amusing and insightful–one of three “must own” books by the man who played Dorium Maldovar
Publication date: 2015
ISBN: ebook: 978-1-909 163-79–9
print: 978-1-909 163-80-5
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