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1066 and ALL THAT

It was one of Doctor Who’s greatest cliffhangers – the revelation a monk in medieval Britain was a fellow time traveller, in possession of his own TARDIS. Carry On legend Peter Butterworth was the guest star in 1965’s The Time Meddler. More than 50 years later his son, Tyler, shares memories of the gifted actor.
Peter Butterworth as the Monk, an impish opponent for the Doctor in The Time Meddler (1965).

In the women’s clothing department of Selfridge’s in London’s West End, Peter Butterworth is unaware he’s the subject of an elaborate sting. He’s just had a tiff with his wife – impressionist Janet Brown – and stalked off to who knows where. But a voice booms out over the store’s public address system, demanding he make himself known. Baffled, he emerges once more. So too does Eamonn Andrews, hooping his arm through Peter’s (lest he escape), advising him: “Tonight, comedy star Peter Butterworth, This is Your Life!”

Carry On writer Talbot ‘Tolly’ Rothwell, a friend of Peter’s since the war.

“No, no, no,” he groans almost to himself, but then quickly rallies. “Oh, I thought you were a store detective!”

This scene played out on television in March 1975. For Peter’s son, Tyler, who was one of the guests waiting to share the celebration back in the studio, the evening was significant for two reasons. “I remember it being a night off from boarding school!” he says, smiling. But, with a fleet of old friends brought on stage to talk about Peter’s war years, it was also the first time Tyler got an inkling of what his father had suffered during the Second World War.

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The Doctor’s own people, and his home planet, were introduced in 1969 as a major chapter in the series’ history came to an end. Five decades later, the Time Lords and their devastating war with the Daleks are still essential parts of Doctor Who’s mythology. This special publication analyses every story set on Gallifrey, reveals previously unseen images from the making of the episodes and interviews key players in the Time Lords’ fascinating story.