- Doctor Who Genius - Robert Shearman is just so, so generous.
- March 12th, 2012
Being the author of The Chimes of Midnight, Scherzo, Jubilee, The Holy Terror, My Own Private Wolfgang and tv's Dalek is some credentials. It is difficult to find better, more disturbing and yet ultimately charming stories than these.
Rob Shearman's short story collections, Everyone's Just So, So Special and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical also tap into those same beautiful, unsettling and melancholy feelings; no wonder they've won swags of awards.
And the man himself, I am pleased to say is Generous. That's right. With a capital 'G'. It's not often that someone at a book signing will spend time talking about what you've brought along (if at all). The man is a delight.
He hosted what was basically a live screening of Dalek as part of the NZ writers and readers festival, (last year was Neil Gaiman). Rob - yes we're on first name basis these days - was able to discard some of the BBC Alligence that he had to preserve for the actual TV commentary, such as naming the extra who spilled photographs to the papers and adding that the chap who played Adam was so young that he really didn't understand how three people could fit in a phone booth comfortably, (and amusingly, no one bothered to tell him).
Rob was more than happy to ask many a question after. Wonderfully funny, and again, so, so generous.
Oh, and he added that Patrick Troughton was his all time favourite Doctor, (with Davison a close second). 'Nuff said.
If you don't know who I'm talking about, then you are missing a trick and possibly some of the best Doctor Who stories ever written.