Sad, perhaps not surprised, to here of Gerry Anderson's death yesterday. But genuinely sad. Anderson's work played such an enormous part of my childhood and, for that matter, the early years of my own children; they have been massive Thunderbirds and Stingray fans but also enjoyed most of his major TV series'. Hard to measure a man's true creative greatness but Anderson is surely up there with the greatest of science fiction and action adventure film makers. He out-reached many of them with his ingenuity and uniqueness.
Much has been said over the years about the various shows he created. Now he's dead it's got to be time to take another look. Beautiful and meticulous work. So clever, so original. So very, very well designed.
I don't know about anyone else but when I find out someone I've known is doing something ace, I get disproportionately excited. In the early hours one morning, me and the boys were on the Dr Who website, checking out Daleks (like you do at 7am) and there was David Hankinson: Dalek Operator. Looking just like he did, way back, when he worked with us (in Leicestershire). I know it's really unlikely that anyone reading this knows anyone on the Dr Who production team but if you do, say "Hi" to David (the old pervert*).
We also found out how to make a Dalek cake.
* Last time I saw him act he was doing unspeakable things to a blow-up doll.
[I've just re-read this post and realised that, perhaps, I should have mentioned, in connection to that very last bit, that he was on stage, in a play at the time].