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
An amazingly rare artefact has surfaced in the collection of director Waris Hussein – his original, personally annotated studio floorplan for Doctor Who’s pilot episode from 1963. The document is dated “25/9” – 25 September, today’s date 50 years ago. This week, five decades ago, the cast and crew of Doctor Who were busy gearing up for episode one, An Unearthly Child, which would be recorded on Friday 27 September.
While the actors rehearsed in the less-than-glamorous Drill Hall in Uxbridge Road, London W12, the BBC design team and set builders were constructing the sets according to this floorplan at nearby Lime Grove Studios. The episode was written to be taped “as live”, with only one break in recording. “In those days,” says Waris, “we shot continuously on four cameras with very few breaks in the tape. You had to know exactly what you were doing. It was almost mathematical in its strategy.”
The Twelve Doctors.
wait i change my mind, THIS is the cleverest 12th doctor related thing i’ve seen so far
A study in outfits: Doctor Who.
Time-lapse - First Doctor’s TARDIS Console Installed at the Doctor Who Experience.
The Doctor Who Experience — home to the biggest official collection of Doctor Who props, costumes and sets in the world — today celebrated arrival of the First Doctor’s console room. Watch as the DWE crew assemble the iconic TARDIS console, which was recently used in the upcoming BBC docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.
For details there’s a great post over on doctorwho.tv
First Doctor’s TARDIS console from “An Adventure in Space and Time”
Doctor Who’s Quinquagenary → Doctor Who?
"What’s in a name? Names are just titles. Titles don’t tell you anything." -Tenth Doctor, The Girl in the Fireplace
"You chose yours. The man who makes people better. How sanctimonious is that?" -The Master, The Sound of the Drums
"Look my name, my real name, that is not the point. The name I chose is the Doctor. The name you choose, it’s like a promise you make." -Eleventh Doctor, The Name of the Doctor
The Doctor: Better (and snarkier) than everyone else since 1963.
He has saved your lives so many times and you never even knew he was there. He never stops. He never stays. He never asks to be thanked.