In his introduction, David Wood describes his horror of the pantomimes he saw at the beginning of his career, loose productions being peddled to the parents with bawdy humour that patronised the children, who were left uninterested in and short-changed by actors having more fun than the audience. It was, he thought a form that 'tried to appeal to everybody, yet ultimately satisfied nobody.'
He took to writing pantomime substitutes, shows created to be programmed in the annual panto season, but not wholly conforming to the panto form. Indeed, Mother Goose's Golden Christmas is not based on the traditional Mother Goose story, but does feature a host of fairy tale characters from Mother Goose herself, to Humpty Dumpty and Little Bo Peep. Set inside a giant book, all the 'little' characters of the fairytales are incorporated into one new story – the daring rescue of the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Mother Goose's Golden Christmas was first presented at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, in December 1977.