"I'm a sucker for nostalgia; I think most Whovians' longtime love for
Doctor Who is steeped in the stuff - in the way the series snared and
scared and enthralled us decades (and decades!) ago, burning into our
minds and hearts the way the best stuff does when you're young.
Hayes' Fury From The Deep collection is a nostalgic delight for
this ageing Whovian and one-time entertainment-writer-wannabe. I was
knocked out by the ambitious, crudely beautiful FFTD, a Doctor Who fanzine Hayes
wrote, edited, illustrated and distributed (in an era long before
desktop publishing!) for a period of months in 1979-80. It's a fun trip
down Doctor Who memory lane, and made me wish I'd been more industrious myself
Hayes adds a humble, funny introduction; numerous letters he
received from Doctor Who cast and crew; and an afterword by his longtime pal and
FFTD collaborator Jim Mortimore (later a successful Doctor Who novelist
and Big Finish scriptwriter).
The things we love at that age never leave us; they
certainly never left Alan Hayes. Kudos to him for immortalizing in print
this charming piece of his own Doctor Who history.