“My tenuous claim to fame is that Tom Baker bought me my first proper pint in a bar. I was 14.
“Tom was recording a radio play at my local theatre and they wanted a live audience. After the show, I approached him in the bar nervously, a copy of Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks in my grubby mitts for him to sign. Tom was well into a G&T, whereupon he drained it, looked at me and said ‘Fancy a pint of lager?’ Of course I said yes, despite only being 14.
“He popped to the bar, came back and plonked my first pint in front of me, gestured for me to sit down and then proceeded to talk at me for about 30 minutes and a very quick three more G&Ts while I sipped nervously.
“Then he looked at his watch, apologised that he had to go, signed my book, slipped his mac on, picked up a plastic bag and shambled out of the door. I still had about three quarters of my pint left.”