North East couple's love of Doctor Who inspires new book

A North East couple have landed a book deal after watching a marathon 697 episodes of Doctor Who during the past two and a half years

Doctor Who fans Sue and Neil Perryman
Doctor Who fans Sue and Neil Perryman

One wife has taken getting to grips with her husband’s obsession to another dimension.

For Sue and Neil Perryman there’s always been a third person, frequently regenerating, in their relationship.

But rather than exterminate his sci-fi love, media lecturer Sue has adopted the ‘if you can’t beat them join them’ approach and has taken on the challenge of watching every available episode of the of cult classic Doctor Who.

Laying down the gauntlet, Neil - a lifelong Whovian - persuaded Sue to sit through 697 episodes during the past two and a half years.

What could have ended in disaster has sparked a new book about one man’s adventures through the televised time travel with the ultimate companion, his wife.


Sue, a lecturer at the University of Sunderland, said: “It was a bit of a marathon at times. I think Neil started to dread it more than me, after all, he knew what was coming.

“My favourite Doctor was Patrick Troughton or as I would call him, ‘the scruffy drunk’. A lot of his episodes were missing so we had to watch lots of reconstructions, which was a challenge. It was basically lots of screen grabs with audio commentary.

“What I saw of him I really liked, I think he’s a lot like Matt Smith in many ways. I’ve no plans to continue the experiment into the new series. For now I’m enjoying Doctor Who for what it is and I can’t wait for Peter Capaldi to step into the Doctor’s shoes, he’s going to be brilliant.”

What started out as a blog by the couple attracted more than one million hits online and has now resulted in a book deal for the pair with Faber and Faber.

Ian West Actor Peter Capaldi who is to be the 12th Doctor Who
Actor Peter Capaldi who is to be the 12th Doctor Who

Their book Adventures With the Wife in Space: Living with Doctor Who is published today and coincides with the month-long anniversary celebrations marking 50 years of the famous doctor.

From awkward years at school, terrified of giant insects, Daleks and rugby players, to even more awkward years as an adult, terrified of unexpected parenthood and being called a Whovian, Neil – with a little help from Sue – tells the all too true story of life as a Doctor Who fan. He aimed to capture the joy of sharing the thing you love with the people you love.

During the past 50 years there have been 12 actors taking on the mantle of the nation’s beloved Doctor Who.

From William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Colin Baker to David Tennant and Matt Smith, they’ve all played their part in bringing the adventures of the doctor to millions of viewers.


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