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John Guilor (left) voices the First Doctor, alongside Carole Ann Ford, William Russell and Katherine Mount

John Guilor IS the Doctor(s)!

John Guilor (left) voices the First Doctor, alongside Carole Ann Ford, William Russell and Katherine Mount

John Guilor (left) voices the First Doctor, alongside Carole Ann Ford, William Russell and Katherine Mount.

You know, all sorts of things are going on over at BBC Worldwide, regardless of what their current assigned name for 2|extinct 2|entertain might be.

After all, you never know when they might be reconstructing lost episodes of Doctor Who… or even rebuilding heavily edited serials such as Planet of the Giants, the 1964 story that was cut down from four to three parts. Of course restoring such material would prove difficult without at least animations or still photos and a surviving cast, particularly if the material excised was trashed.

Well, it just so happens that a project is underway to make those very changes. An excellent voice actor called John Guilor is playing the role of William Hartnell’s First Doctor while Katherine Mount appears as Barbara Wright; meanwhile William Russell and Carole Ann Ford reprised their original roles for the story.

Now you might think that this is a one off; that there isn’t much else to work with. But then again if we consider the sudden downing of tools by YouTube Who-Anime genius Otaking and the news that Ian Levine has been producing his own reconstructions then it should come as no surprise to anyone to learn that Mr Guilor is in demand at BBC Worldwide’s Consumer Products division.

At the very least, John Guilor has recorded lines as the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton for a special feature on the upcoming DVD release of The Krotons, while he is also believed to have recorded dialogue as the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker and the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann in a Levine-funded production of The Eight Doctors; there’s no reason to suppose he didn’t do the First and the Fourth either (although it is thought that Sylvester McCoy recorded the Seventh Doctor’s lines)!

This is clearly a very talented man. While we don’t expect to see his work any time soon, his showreel is fascinating.

(With thanks to Gareth)

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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