Doctor Who fans watch all 697 episodes in sci-fi marathon

Sue and Neil Perryman at home with Dr. Who
Sue and Neil Perryman at home with Dr. Who
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A WIFE agreed to share her husband’s obsession – by sitting through every episode of Doctor Who.

The marathon challenge – which involved viewing all 697 episodes of the BBC show – took two and a half years to complete.

Neil Perryman, 44, a lifelong Doctor Who fan, persuaded his wife, University of Sunderland media lecturer Sue, to sit through every episode of the show, which was first broadcast on November 23, 1963.

Now, the couple’s experiences have been put together in a new book, Adventures With the Wife in Space: Living with Doctor Who, published by Faber and Faber to coincide with a month-long celebration of TV’s longest running show. Mrs Perryman, 52, of Hartlepool, said: “It was a bit of a marathon at times. I think Neil started to dread it more than me. After all, he knew what was coming.”

Mrs Perryman said: “My favourite Doctor was Patrick Troughton – or as I would call him, ‘the scruffy drunk’. A lot of his episodes were missing so we had to watch lots of reconstructions, which was a challenge.

“It was basically lots of screen grabs with audio commentary. What I saw of him, I really liked, I think he’s a lot like Matt Smith in many ways.”

l Adventures With the Wife in Space: Living with Doctor Who costs £12.99.