A DOCTOR Who fan’s mission to bring the adventures of the Time Lord to people like him who are blind has won the support of the show’s cast.
Louis Moorhouse of Idle has been blind since he was 18 months old from neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer.
A Doctor Who fan since the age of nine, Louis partnered with the Living Paintings charity to create the world’s first tactile and audio books bringing famous characters to life. His £ 15,000 crowdfunding campaign raised over £ 11,500 and is supported by former Time Lord Sylvestor McCoy and former Petty Officer Sir Derek Jacobi, as well as celebrities such as David Walliams.
Louis, 19, wants to make Doctor Who stories more accessible to blind or visually impaired fans. “When I entered Doctor Who, the only way to find out what characters, aliens, monsters, and devices looked like was to smell the toys, but they can be expensive and not always easily accessible. And designs change with that. time – the Daleks have evolved since the 1960s, and there are several different versions of the Sonic Screwdriver.
“Doctor Who is a big part of my life; it’s a world to soak up and it unites people. People who are blind and visually impaired should have access to these fantastic stories.”
Louis has been reading “Touch to See” books – which are tactile, with raised images – since he was a child. The books are produced by Living Paintings, which operates a free postal library for the blind and visually impaired. “I learned to read with these books, they changed my life. I then took an A level in English,” said Louis. “If I could sum up my campaign, I would ask a sighted person to close your eyes and imagine you could never open them again. Now you want to read a book or watch Doctor Who – how are you going to do that? There is a misconception that blind and partially sighted people are different, but we love the same things as everyone else. There are hundreds of blind Doctor Who fans. Why should they miss out? ”
Louis contacted Living Paintings, which got permission from the BBC to produce three Doctor Who adventure books. Each will feature tactile images of the Doctor in various incarnations, as well as other characters such as the Daleks, accompanied by audio soundtracks. The association hopes to recruit actors who have played Doctor Who to lend their voices.
David Beal, Director of Trusts and Foundations at Living Paintings, said: “What Louis is doing is truly impressive. He came up with an idea and implemented it. These books will bring stories to life in ways never before realized. before. We’re blown away. thanks to the support of the Doctor Who community. ”
Louis, who studies music production at Leeds Beckett University, is delighted his campaign has taken off: “I was interviewed by Chris Moyles, now Matt Lucas and David Walliams are following me on Twitter!
“Doctor Who introduced me to music; I learned to play the melody on my keyboard. My favorite ‘character’ is actually the TARDIS because I’m a music producer and I like to press on pimples. A friend gave me a TARDIS when I was a kid, unfortunately I can’t adapt anymore. ”
* To learn more about Louis’ campaign, visit livingpaintings.org/doctorwho, email [email protected], or call (01635) 299771.