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Published on February 8th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

William’s Perseverance

William Hartnell’s deteriorating health sadly made The Three Doctors his final on screen appearance.

At the point where the show first began to celebrate its long past and looked forward to a future where the Doctor could finally travel outside of Earth again its a shame that at this exciting time that William Hartnell couldn’t manage anything more than the pre-filmed sequences that make up his appearance in this serial.

Suffering from arteriosclerosis and unable to meet the demands of the already announced opening serial of season ten William’s Perseverance charts the production teams efforts to include the man who first brought the Doctor to life in the programmes ten year anniversary special.

The clip comes from the Revisitations 3 boxset which also includes The Tomb of the Cybermen and Robots of Death – plus loads of new extra features -  is available now to pre-order for an excellent £25.97 from Amazon and is released on 13th February.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




5 Responses to William’s Perseverance

  1. avatar gavinio says:

    Far better to order it from play.com though where you will (nearly) always receive the DVD’s the Saturday before their Monday release – with free delivery (if your order is in the Tuesay before it comes out)! Amazon never ever get anything out on the day of release without paying extra for delivery in my experience…


    • Afraid not, Gavinio. Play’s horrific customer service and inability to refund this site’s editor a measly £12 for a failed DVD release 3 years ago means we don’t endorse them.

      Of course, it depends on user experience – I’ve had a few DVDs from Amazon a day EARLY…

  2. avatar gavinio says:

    Fair do’s. As you say it depends on personal experience. My personal experience in buying Doctor Who DVD’s from play.com over the last few years has been top notch – only one has not arrived earlier than the high street release date, whereas with Amazon I’ve had pre-orders arrive up four or five days later than the release date.

    So play.com is my preferred Who DVD supplier, for music however that’s a different ball game and I wouldn’t recommend play.com for that given my experience with them.

    You can’t endorse play.com and I can’t endorse Amazon for pre-orders so shall we call it a tie?


    • :)

      • avatar gavinio says:

        Play.com or the Royal Mail (or both) have excelled themselves this time – got the set today!

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