Goodbye, Susan. Goodbye, my dear.
the tacky gift shop planet, which as we all know is orbited by the oversized caricature portrait moon
Happy Birthday to William Hartnell, the First Doctor.
William Hartnell doing his close to the face hand gestures. Apparently Hartnell gave his fellow actors the same lecture about gesturing close to the face on ‘as live’ television as you never knew when you were going to get a close up.
Hartnell is sometimes criticised for forgetting lines and such but his performance and presence as the Doctor is just so strong. Watch him in scenes, in the background, watch his eyes dart back and forth, the curiosity, the wonder. Watch his hands tremble slightly, and watch as he interrupts with the best precision, and watch how he commands the scenes without saying much at all. When people say that Hartnell is just the actor who forgets his lines we get so sad because acting is so much more than the lines, and when he couldn’t remember, he made up for it with his mannerisms and his physicality and authority.
It didn’t matter that his sentences came out wrong sometimes, he was boss and you’d listen to him. You still believed in him.
i hope William Hartnell had at least a small idea of what an absolute national treasure he is
David Bradley and Reece Shearsmith recreating the filming of William Hartnell’s regeneration scene in An Adventure in Space and Time
Tonight we’ll be liveblogging the BBC America premiere of An Adventure in Space and Time, which will take a look back at the early days of Doctor Who with William Hartnell (played by David Bradley) as the First Doctor. We’re so excited!