Stars share memories of Doctor Who in new book

A Cyberman from Doctor Who

A Cyberman from Doctor Who

A host of stars including Jonathan Ross, Rufus Hound and Stephen Merchant have shared their memories of 'Doctor Who' for new book 'Behind the Sofa'.

A new 'Doctor Who' book featuring celebrities' childhood memories of the sci-fi show has gone on sale.

'Behind the Sofa' includes contributions from over 100 famous fans, such as Charlie Brooker, Jonathan Ross, Josie Long, Rufus Hound and Stephen Merchant.

It also contains the recollections or several former stars of the long-running BBC series, including Hugh Bonneville - who appeared as pirate captain Henry Avery in 'The Curse of the Black Spot' last year - and Tracy-Ann Oberman - who starred opposite Tenth Doctor David Tennant in the 2006 episodes 'Army of Ghosts' and 'Doomsday', in which she battled Cybermen and Daleks.

Surprisingly, former BBC One Controller Michael Grade has made a contribution to the book.

He is unpopular with 'Doctor Who' fans for making the decision to take the programme off air for 18 months in 1985 and firing Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, events which ultimately led to the series being cancelled in 1989.

It returned to TV screens in 2005 to universal acclaim after 16 years on the shelf.

Advance orders for the limited edition book are now being taken for £14.99 and each memory is accompanied by an original illustration. It will be more widely available in September.

The tome has been compiled by author Steve Berry to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK and fans who purchase the Ogron package for £19.99 will have their names added to the list of donors in it.

Several packages named after famous 'Doctor Who' monsters are available to buy, including the Slitheen package, priced £39.99, which includes a signed print of one of 10 illustrations by artist Ben Morris, a contributor to Doctor Who Magazine and children's mag Doctor Who Adventures.

To pre-order a copy of 'Behind the Sofa' go to


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