Michael remembers inadvertently watching the very first episode of Doctor Who at the age of seven after switching on the television expecting to see Deputy Dawg.
Three years later he missed William Hartnell’s last regular performance as the Doctor, his obsession with the programme having led to his mother banning it.
He spent his early years in the village of Oakthorpe, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in England. His father was a coal miner. Michael is now fifty-eight, married to Carole, has two grown-up daughters, Catherine and Cassandra, and two spaniels, Emma and Dolly.
He retired two years ago after nearly forty years in local government. He has written a number of short stories for internet fan sites, all of them featuring the first Doctor, who remains his favourite.