Tom, with his expressive face and kind eyes was born in Liverpool to araucous andlively Irish family where love and a good respect for the teachings ofthe Catholic Churchwere able to prepare him for an interesting and fulfilling life. In fact,Tom's earlyexperiences with the church involved a trial at a monastery for anunsuccessfulpreparation as a priest and an insight into the daily workings of theseinstitutions. A slowstarting but rapidly improving acting career was followed by time spentpulling pints andon London construction sites before the big break. Then came with thecasting agent andthe meeting that allowed for instant world-wide recognition for thefamous Doctor Whothat still exists today.
The style of the story is very much that of a black comedy with amarriage, children and acertain fixation with a lawnmower and the mowing of the grass aroundhis owngravestone, making for an enjoyable read. He is now happily marriedand living in a ruralutopia outside of London, millions of miles and light years away fromthe hectic and all- consuming career of both straight acting and in the television role thathas made himfamous in more that 70 countries. —Brian Reinker