✎ Cheaper than therapy
24 Mar 2017 1 comment. tbs.pm/11522
It’s a constant refrain that you hear over and over again when you ask people how they got into old TV: something, at some point, terrified their little socks off when they were nobbut a kid and they’ve been hooked ever since.
There are signs of this, of course, in Doctor Who fandom. Babyboomer Whoers liked the first few episodes of the series when it began in 1963. And then came the first serial featuring the Daleks. From that point, they were terrified… and hooked for life.
I was scarred forever by ATV’s Sapphire and Steel, watched with my mum (and all my fellow preschool-attendees) in the late 1970s. To this day, I’m a committed vegetarian, something I lay firmly at the feet of a chilled leg of New Zealand lamb mentally assaulting a woman from the future and a swan angered at now being part of a pillow attempting to push David McCallum off the roof of the Associated Communications Corporation building in Great Cumberland Place.
Try not to think too hard about that sentence: you had to be there.
Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence were also given the willies by growing up under the unrelenting baleful eye of television in the 1970s. And when they, like the rest of us, tried to look away, they saw the same horror in the books, films and even games that children were forced to endure at the time.
The damage this did to them – and us – has been put to good use in a lovely, horrible new book, Scarred for Life, released today. If you are nursing the thrilling neural disfigurement of growing up with the terror of pop culture, and if you’re reading this, you are, then it’s for you.
It’s £16.99 for the lavishly illustrated black-and-white physical paperback, or just £5.99 for the colour eBook. This is much cheaper than the therapy you actually need.
More volumes are planned, because the scarring of childhood memory is bottomless and we will always have clocks with teeth to terrify us.