Unbelievably, it was 20 years yesterday since Jon Pertwee passed away, and the giant of television is greatly missed.
I rewatched The Green Death last week, which (aside from Frontier in Space) I consider to be the beginning of the end for the Third Doctor. But he’s so good! What a fantastic actor, and an even better Time Lord. You can fully appreciate why so many call him “My Doctor”.
But he’s not solely known for being the Doctor. He earned a place in the hearts of a generation of children and kids-at-heart as another much-loved TV character: Worzel Gummidge. Pertwee played the scarecrow alongside Una Stubbs’ Aunt Sally between 1979 and 1981, and Miwk Publishing (whose other books include Script Doctor, The Quest for Pedler, and autobiographies from BBC Visual Effects’ Bernard Wilkie, Terror of the Zygons scribe, Robert Banks Stewart, and comic writer, Tim Quinn) are celebrating this classic show with The Worzel Book.
Due for release in July, The Worzel Book features trivia, production notes, and quotes from every episode, as well as a gorgeous array of photos and designs. Here’s the full synopsis:
When a former Time Lord swapped time and space for the mystery of the countryside, one of children’s television’s most unusual personalities was born. Jon Pertwee’s portrayal of the anarchic scarecrow Worzel Gummidge won him a new generation of viewers and would become his most enduring character.
The Worzel Book traces the journey of Scatterbrook’s scarecrow, from the days of early radio and the novels of Barbara Euphan Todd, through to the hit ITV television series and its eventual resurrection in New Zealand for Worzel Gummidge Down Under.
This is the untold behind-the-scenes story of a much-loved TV classic, featuring dozens of new interviews with cast and crew, including Una Stubbs, Geoffrey Bayldon, Jeremy Austin, Bernard Cribbins, Barbara Windsor and Lorraine Chase, illustrated with more than 300 photographs in black and white and colour, many previously unseen, and includes a foreword by Sherlock creator Mark Gatiss.
Written by Stuart Manning, you can get a free preview of the tome on Miwk’s website, where you can also pre-order the book at the reduced price of £14.99 – that’s a £5 saving on the RRP.