In a long and varied career, Derrick Sherwin has been an actor, writer, script editor, TV producerâ€¦ and also a house builder and renovator, bar owner, restaurateur and bungee-jump proprietor!
In 1968 he joined the production team of Doctor Who as assistant story editor during the Patrick Troughton era, and went on to become the programme`s script editor and eventually its producer. During this time Sherwin commissioned Robert Holmes` first script for the series; oversaw the transition from black-and-white to colour and the introduction of the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee; was instrumental in conceiving the Earth-bound aspect of Pertwee`s era; and is credited with creating two of Doctor Who`s most enduring ingredients: the intelligence taskforce UNIT, and the Doctor`s own race – the Time Lords. He is now the earliest producer of Doctor Who still living.
In this candid and unflinching memoir, Sherwin discusses the pressures of writing and producing a cult science-fiction TV show for a family audience, his subsequent experience as an independent producer and creator of TV formats, and his â€˜new life` in one of the world`s most exotic countries: Thailand.