A Doctor Calls
His magical characters inspired me with the visual image of Doctor Winter, a real life Cunning Man who lived in the 1700s and early 1800s in Ipswich. When writing fiction I find it helps if I can put a face to my characters, so often draw on both celebrities, people I know, and random strangers I see whose faces interest me. I wanted to restore Winter to life as the sleuth in a short story called 'A Doctor Calls' (part of the crime anthology 'A Dangerous Place' published by Moon Books). The story blended elements from Ipswich history and quite a few geeky nods to the television work of Mr Bayldon.
I decided to record the story (apologies for the meandering accents, I'm not used to doing consistent silly voices) by way of a small tribute to someone I never met but whose work I have greatly enjoyed (he did lots of hammy horror films too, included the excellent Asylum). I have seen various people on social media talking about meeting the actor at conventions, all saying he was a very sweet and gentle soul.