‘Myth Makers: Sarah Sutton’ (Film)



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Sarah Sutton’s ‘Myth Makers’ interview was the first one I came across in the series. It is of course my absolute favourite! 😀 I first purchased Sarah Sutton’s ‘Myth Makers’ with Peter Grimwade‘s in 2012. I later had the interview in ‘The Doctors: The Peter Davison Years’ DVD compilation in 2020. 🙂

I also purchased Sarah’s ‘Myth Makers’ in its own DVD in early 2021. That was the 2015 re-issue of Sarah’s ‘Myth Makers’ since the one I purchased with Peter Grimwade was presented as a double feature DVD in 2005. I’m still happy to have many versions of Sarah Sutton’s ‘Myth Makers’ on DVD.

I know; I’m crazy! 😀 I first came across Sarah Sutton’s ‘Myth Makers’ when looking through the pages of ‘Doctor Who Magazine’ once in 2012. When it came to purchasing ‘Wirrn: Race Memory’ on CD from Galaxy 4, it was an opportunity for me to purchase Sarah’s ‘Myth Makers’ on DVD too. 🙂

As you can tell, I’m a massive Nyssa of Traken/Sarah Sutton fan. I didn’t want to miss out on this ‘Myth Makers‘ interview featuring Sarah. I’m glad I checked out the interview. It got me to learn more about Sarah and what she was like as a person when she was interviewed in 1986 and 1994. 😀

Sarah played Nyssa in ‘Doctor Who’ first with Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor and then with Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor. She was in the TV series from 1981 to 1983. In recent years, Sarah has reprised her role of Nyssa in the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’. She has greatly enjoyed those! 😀

I sometimes watch Sarah’s ‘Myth Makers’ interview before going to conventions. In September 2015, I had my ‘Myth Makers: Sarah Sutton/Peter Grimwade’ DVD cover signed by the lovely Sarah Sutton at the ‘Pandorica 2015’ convention in Bristol. I’m pleased Sarah signed the DVD cover for me!

The Sarah Sutton ‘Myth Makers’ interview is given an introduction by producer/director Keith Barnfather and interview host/Dalek voice actor Nicholas Briggs. Nicholas Briggs did most of the ‘Myth Makers’ interviews with the stars of ‘Doctor Who’ during the 1980s, the 1990s and the 2000s.

Sarah’s ‘Myth Makers’ is with Nick Briggs. It was very eerie but great to see Nick Briggs look so young when he’s interviewing Sarah in the 1986 and 1994 segments of her ‘Myth Makers’. There are two segments of Sarah’s ‘Myth Makers’. The first is when Nick is chatting to Sarah at Harrison’s Rocks in 1986.

Harrison’s Rocks was the location used in Tunbridge Wells to film scenes for ‘Castrovalva’. The second segment of Sarah’s interview is when Nick interviewed Sarah at a London studio in 1994. I enjoyed revisiting Sarah’s ‘Myth Makers’ interview recently when I was going through January 2021.

And Sarah always comes across as a nice friendly person in the interview segments as she does in real-life. Having met Sarah already at conventions, I was pretty excited and nervous to watch this interview when I first saw it on DVD. Eventually, I grew to really liking the nature of these interviews.

According to Nick Briggs in the introduction, the 1986 interview was the first time that he had met Sarah. Lately, Sarah has worked with Nick on the Big Finish audios and they are clearly very good friends today. I recall Nick sharing with me how she found Sarah a ‘lovely’ person. I agreed with him.

I loved seeing Sarah being interviewed by Nick at Harrison Rocks in 1986. It was fun to watch them both walking around the location of ‘Castrovalva’, making jokes and remarks during the interview. Sarah shares some fascinating insight on working on the show and what happened at conventions. 🙂

At the end of the 1986 interview, Sarah gave Nick a very strange challenge. She asked him to climb up Harrison’s Rocks like she and Janet did. Nick took on the challenge, but as revealed in the 1994 segment, it was all a mean trick by her. I did ask Sarah why she got Nick to climb up Harrison’s Rocks.

She told me rather cheekily that it was because she was ‘a mean person’. 😀 I’m sure Sarah’s not a mean person in real life since she comes across as nice and lovely. She certainly hasn’t asked me to do any strange challenges like climbing up Harrison’s Rocks or something. At least, not yet anyway! 🙂

I equally loved seeing Sarah being interviewed by Nick in the 1994 segment of her ‘Myth Makers’ at the London studio. There, they had displays of familiar monster costumes connected to stories Sarah was in on TV. This included a Terileptil’s head; a Cyberman costume and a Vanir suit. It’s impressive!

The 1994 interview segment with Sarah was recorded a year after ‘Dimensions In Time’ was made. I liked it when the 1994 segment cuts to and from the 1986 segment as Sarah and Nick watched the 1986 segment on a little TV monitor in 1994. And it is a Sony TV monitor as I discovered watching it

The 1984 segment was directed by Gary Russell incidentally whilst the rest was produced and directed by Keith Barnfather. It was nice to see Sarah’s ‘Doctor Who’ career chronicled from beginning to end in 1984 and 1994. This includes stories from ‘The Keeper to Traken’ to ‘Terminus’. 🙂

I also liked the mentions of her other TV works such as ‘Menace: Boys and Girls Come Out To Play’, ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ and ‘The Moon Stallion’. They are brief mentions, but I’m glad they got mentioned. I’m very pleased I’ve seen ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ and ‘The Moon Stallion’.

It was interesting to see how Sarah’s personal life was touched upon in her ‘Myth Makers’. This included her marriage to her husband and having her daughter Hannah at various points in her life. It was nice to see a photo of Sarah and her daughter Hannah as a little girl during the ‘Myth Makers’.

One of my favourite moments that Sarah shares in her ‘Myth Makers’ is when her daughter Hannah watched ‘Dimensions In Time’. Hannah’s favourite bit is when she sees her ‘mummy being chased by monsters’ which I liked. I wonder if Hannah still says ‘mummy being chased by monsters’ nowadays. 😀

I also liked how Sarah mentions her hobbies, interests and aspirations she would like to do. This included flying a hot air balloon and flying a Tiger Moth plane (which she did recently according to a photo shown at ‘Pandorica 2015’). Sarah also loves her holidays in Africa. Sometimes she goes to Kenya.

In both interview segments, Sarah demonstrates her honesty especially when it comes to talking about conventions. She enjoys going to conventions, but makes it clear that she doesn’t go to every convention when invited and often turns some down. That could be US conventions than UK ones. 😐

Sarah mentions enjoying working with fellow actors like Peter Davison; Janet Fielding; Matthew Waterhouse and Mark Strickson. She clearly found it hard work working with Tom Baker in the TV series. I liked it once Sarah had described Stafford Johns in ‘Four To Doomsday’ being ‘marvellous’. 🙂

I also liked it when Sarah mentioned her favourite TV stories in ‘Doctor Who’, which includes ‘The Keeper of Traken’; ‘Earthshock’ and ‘Black Orchid’. She clearly didn’t like ‘Time-Flight’ since she didn’t understand what the story was about. That’s fair, although I like ‘Time-Flight’ more than her.

The Sarah Sutton ‘Myth Makers’ interview was a treat and I liked it when Nicholas Briggs was interviewing her in both segments. Sarah is clearly a lovely person both in real life and on screen when interviewed. I’m pleased I got to see this classic ‘Myth Makers’ with Sarah and it does cheer me up.

I’ve seen more ‘Myth Makers’ interviews with ‘Doctor Who’ stars, including ones with Katy Manning and Wendy Padbury. Sarah Sutton’s interview will always be my favourite and if you’re a massive Sarah Sutton/Nyssa fan like me, I highly recommend purchasing this DVD and seeing it for yourself. 🙂

As well as watching this DVD, I recommend seeing Sarah Sutton at a convention in the UK or in the USA. I’ve seen Sarah at conventions and she’s always very kind-hearted and friendly to meet and chat to. I always look forward to the next convention I attend and hope that I’ll see Sarah Sutton there. 🙂

As well as the introduction and the interview with Sarah, there’s also a biography of Sarah given on the DVD both in the Sarah Sutton/Peter Grimwade double feature 2005 DVD and on the Sarah Sutton 2015 reissue DVD. The biography provides more insight into Sarah on her career and her life.

It’s enjoyable to read. Incidentally, I’ve noticed the ‘Myth Makers’ theme music for Sarah’s interview on both ‘The Doctors: The Peter Davison Years’ DVD and the Sarah Sutton 2015 re-issue DVD is different to the one for Sarah’s interview on the Sarah Sutton/Peter Grimwade double feature DVD.

Just to close off, I’ve seen Sarah in more interviews, including one for the ‘Wine & Dine’ series on YouTube, which I’ve enjoyed. I’ve also conducted interviews with Sarah over the years, including one at the ‘Bournemouth Film and Comic Con’ in August 2015. I’m fond of Sarah’s ‘Myth Makers’ though.

‘Myth Makers: Sarah Sutton’ rating – 10/10

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2 thoughts on “‘Myth Makers: Sarah Sutton’ (Film)

  1. Williams Fan 92

    Great review Tim.

    I enjoyed watching Sarah’s ‘Myth Makers’. I shall share what I think of it, and I will also update my thoughts on her Wine and Dine interview as I rewatched that recently.

    I enjoyed both the 1986 segment and the 1994 segment. Sarah’s outfit for 1986 looked really nice. I learnt some new things about her such as her love of photography. I’d have liked it if the 1986 segment was in full-screen at all times, but it’s not a big issue. I felt bad for Nick at the end of that. 😀 I liked the updated thoughts that Sarah gave in the 1994 segment including that of her family. I wonder what her daughter Hannah is doing now. Sarah said in the Wine and Done interview that she wanted to become a children’s tv presenter, but might change her mind. She said at Bedford that Hannah is married to a farmer. One of my favourite bits was when Sarah talked about ‘Arc of Infinity’ and said that she managed to rip her trousers saying that it was caused by her having too much to eat. Oh dear! 😀 Her voice sounded a bit deeper during the interview, although that’s probably down to the fact that the interview was converted to NTSC, as has been done to all ‘Myth Makers’ interviews for The Doctors DVDs.

    A day before watching the ‘Myth Makers’ interview, I watched her Wine and Dine interview. There were parts I don’t remember about it like when she talked about hospitals and working with people on ‘Doctor Who’. Once again, my favourite part was when Sarah’s stomach rumbled ( I couldn’t hear it). I noticed it happened a second time at which Sarah said “Oh shut up.” Poor Sarah. Having to do an interview on an empty stomach. At least she got to eat afterwards. 😀

    I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the other Fifth Doctor ‘Myth Makers’ on your page for it once I’ve finished it. It’s a shame they might not be producing any more The Doctors DVDs although I emailed TTTV last night about ‘Myth Makers Live’ and mentioned it, and Keith Barnfather replied saying they might be able to continue. We’ll see.

    I’ll tell you more about those Nyssa and Billy story I’ve been thinking of writing tomorrow.

    Take care, WF92. 😀

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi WF92,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Sarah Sutton’s ‘Myth Makers’ and her ‘Wine & Dine’ interview. Glad you enjoyed both.

      I believe Hannah is working in physiotherapy according to my chats with Sarah. I’ll have to double-check Hannah is still doing that the next time I see Sarah at a convention. I believe Hannah was working in London at the time when Sarah told me she was working in physiotherapy. It was funny when Sarah’s tummy rumbled during the ‘Wine & Dine’ interview. 😀

      I look forward to your thoughts on the other Fifth Doctor ‘Myth Makers’ interviews soon. Hopefully I’ll do in-depth reviews on each ‘Myth Makers’ interview for a future advent calendar or something. I also look forward to your ideas on your Nyssa and Billy story.

      Many thanks,

      Tim 🙂

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