Doctor Who Meme ; Three Colours [2/3]
to days to come.
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
50 Days of Doctor Who 50th: November 22: Doctor Who?
↳ The First times the words were ever uttered.
Episode two of the serial An Unearthly Child. Most people coin Ian as the first person to ask the question, but it was actually William Hartnell that first uttered those words. Those tiny, yet dangerous words, that would survive the cosmos, and possibly even the End of 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!
Another memorable and brilliant moment from An Unearthly Child.
William Hartnell once said: “If I live to be 90, a little of the magic of Doctor Who will still cling to me.” I don’t know what it is, but there is something in the fibre of the programme that is rather magical. Although Sherlock Holmes is in its DNA, and HG Wells is a source, what’s fantastic about the show is that it is a TV original, not an adaptation. It is one of the greatest single ideas that television has produced.
There’s something rather wonderful about the creation of Doctor Who, something very smoky and Novemberish. I imagine people on buses with wet raincoats, that kind of Britain. And going through it like a typhoon are two young people, Verity Lambert and Waris Hussein, with fantastic ideas, and an older man, William Hartnell, who sort of becomes young by association.
A second movie poster for ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’.
David Bradley as William Hartnell, the First Doctor in a new movie poster for ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’.
A unique, rediscovered TV interview, showing First Doctor William Hartnell shortly after leaving Doctor Who, comes to DVD this month.
Hartnell was filmed for BBC regional news programme, Points West in his dressing room, as he prepared to perform in the pantomime Puss in Boots in Taunton.
When asked about the Daleks, Hartnell claimed that “They were difficult to play to, because you’re not looking into human eyes, you’re looking at a metal object.” He goes on to say he found this “distracting”.
And when pressed about his ability to shake off the association with Doctor Who and its extraordinary public popularity, Hartnell assuredly claims that he’ll do it by “by making a success in something else” because he’s “a legitimate character actor – of the theatre and film”.
The interview appears in the DVD release of Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet. Read the rest at DoctorWho.tv