Just had a weird experience where I was asked to introduce the Tom Baker Doctor Who story City of Death as part of the Belfast Film Festival and then sit and watch it in the midst of a very appreciative crowd. Amazingly, this was the very first event of this year’s festival to completely book out and it did so in just one hour! Even more amazingly, the crowd of fans who turned up were a mixture of died-in-the-wool hardcore middle-aged fans, children just discovering the old episodes of Doctor Who and lots of normal looking ordinary young people. There was even a 50/50 split of male and female. This never happened back in my day! Anyway, it was heartening to see this wonderful piece of British television from 1979 still entertaining a diverse crowd of people 32 years later.
As part of the build-up to this event, myself and a fellow television fan, Colm Hackett, were asked to take part in a podcast to discuss the making of the Douglas Adams-penned story and you can still listen to it here.