Turlough Turns Attenborough

When Turlough departed in the Fifth Doctor serial Planet of Fire, speaking the legend: “I don’t want to go, Doctor. I’ve learnt a lot from you,” what he actually meant to say was: “Screw this for a game of cards; I’m off to study Zoology and make cool documentaries in exotic countries, eat it Peri!”

And that’s exactly what former Turlough himself Mark Strickson did (the Zoology bit, not the telling Peri to “eat it”).

Addressing a packed audience at the Qatar Natural History Group’s monthly meeting Strickson introduced so of his striking documentary footage from the full length feature film he directed on bird-life in Qatar.

Strickson, who after emigrating to Australia, took a degree in Zoology before becoming a documentary filmmaker for the likes of the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the BBC and Channel 4, including The Ten Most Poisonous Snakes in the World.

During the making of the feature film, Strickson also shot several short pieces on Qatari animal life such as the Lesser jerboa, the Oryx, Sand skinks and its varied marine life.

During the meeting Strickson quoted one of his heroes, wildlife documentary film-making royalty Sir David Attenborough about the importance of studying wildlife, especially in Qatar where he has been based for over two years:

“If people don’t see nature how can they care for it.” 

It is now Strickson’s hope that through seeing and caring about the wildlife around the people of Qatar, more people will become interested in its conservation.

(via Gulf Times)


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