BBC Radio 4, 2 April 2008
Christopher Ralling’s The Walrus and the Terrier was also preoccupied with a legendary figure – the polymath Albert Schweitzer
(David Horovitch), who settled in Africa and set up his own hospital. Based in part on the journalist James Cameron’s memoirs, the
play described how Cameron (Jamie Glover) visited Schweitzer with the express purpose of obtaining an exclusive; to blow the
lid on the old man’s activities and expose him as a fraud. Eventually Cameron failed in his task as he came to understand
Schweitzer’s importance to the African continent both as a source of inspiration and as someone who empathized with
the local culture. He might not have been a competent doctor, but he had a certain charisma in the way he invented his own
myth and spent his whole life sustaining it.