Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor, appeared at the MCM Comic Con in both May and during this October weekend. This time, he also debuted his autobiography, Is There Life Outside the Box? An Actor Despairs.
He discussed his mixed-race father and some of the prejudice his father faced in the UK, and details his own childhood and career.
Davison’s daughter Georgia Moffett followed his footsteps into acting (she played the Doctor’s Daughter Jenny, and is married to Tenth Doctor David Tennant). Davison was also very proud of his son Louis, who recently appeared on Holby City. In a happy coincidence, Davison was seated next to Jemma Redgrave at MCM, who appears on the same show with Davison’s son.
While happily signing autographs Davison answered a few fan questions (including some from Blogtor) about his time inside the box. Was he ready to leave the show when Tegan left? “No,” Davison said, “it was at the end of my second season I felt like I wanted to go off and do other things.”
Talked turned to another fifth Doctor companion. What was it like when Turlough left? “Well, he (actor Mark Strickson) was frustrated because he felt like his character wasn’t going anywhere. He appeared in episode one of Mawdryn Undead and then he tried to kill me. But when the character wasn’t going anywhere, he decided to leave.”
Davison was also asked whether he found it annoying leaving the show when he just got a new companion after Planet of Fire? “The new companion came because I was leaving and they wanted to get someone new in ready for the new doctor. But I didn’t feel like she was my companion because she was only in two stories with me.”
Who decided to get rid of the sonic screwdriver in your era as the Doctor? Davison replied, “(Producer) John Nathan-Turner wanted to get rid of it because the doctors before and doctors now always use the sonic, but he wanted my doctor to be unique and use things that I had in my pocket. That’s why I feel like my Doctor is unique.”
Additional reporting by Stephen Wright.