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The Boy with the Knack

Long before he was Robby Box in the comedy drama Big Deal, and Pauline Fowler’s husband in EastEnders, Ray Brooks was defending the Earth against Daleks and their Robomen…
Ray Brooks enjoyed “a certain success with the ladies” in Richard Lester’s 1965 comedy The Knack... and how to get it.

In 1966 the breathless trailer for the second Doctor Who film declared that Ray Brooks was “The boy with the knack… who doesn’t find life so easy in the year 2150 AD!” The pun referred to the 1965 hit The Knack … and how to get it, a hip comedy in which Brooks had starred alongside Rita Tushingham and Michael Crawford.

Richard Lester directed The Knack in between the two movies he made with the Beatles. Various members of the Fab Four would show up on set, Ray remembers, and the film took him and his wife Sadie from their four-quid-a-week flat to the luxurious Cannes Film Festival in May 1965, where it unexpectedly won the Grand Prix.

David (Ray Brooks) and Dr Who (Peter Cushing) examine a map showing the location of the Daleks’ mine in Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966).
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This essential guide celebrates Doctor Who’s most renowned invasion episodes. Interviewees include Anna Barry (Day of the Daleks), Ray Brooks (Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), Johnny Byrne (Warriors of the Deep), Michael Ferguson (The Seeds of Death), Peter Harness (The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion), Douglas Mackinnon (Flatline), Victor Pemberton (Fury from the Deep), Toby Whithouse (The Vampires of Venice) and Jon Davey (Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel). Plus, there are rare images, a tribute to Nicholas Courtney, Terry Nation’s original storyline for The Dalek Invasion of Earth, details of Jon Pertwee's unmade story The Spare-Part People and much more!