“Back in the early 80s I was a massive Doctor Who fan. I didn’t write letters to the Doctors though. I wrote to Anthony Ainley, who played the Doctor’s arch-nemesis, the Master. The letter said how, even though I liked the Doctor, I thought The Master was better and I didn’t understand why the BBC couldn’t let him win occasionally.
“I was utterly gobsmacked when I received not only a signed photo, but also a lengthy letter, written in character by Ainley, on how I was utterly correct and that the BBC were indeed the true enemy for not letting him win.
“Years later, when working for a West London Theatre in 1999, I had the opportunity to meet Ainley. This was almost 20 years on from my letter and I mentioned it in passing in the bar. Ainley lit up and explained in great depth that he’d always remembered it, as ‘many children weren’t allowed by their parents to write to the bad guy.'”