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Peter Purves played Steven Taylor and went on to present Blue Peter from 1967-1978

Peter Purves Teams Up With White Haired Gent (Again)

Peter Purves is no stranger to working with older gentlemen who bend the rules of time to traverse the globe, so it was no surprise when the former Doctor Who companion joined Father Christmas to switch on the Christmas lights in Halesworth, Suffolk on Saturday night.

Peter Purves played Steven Taylor  and went on to present Blue Peter from 1967-1978

Joining a procession through the town, along with the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums and families eager to reach Santa’s Grotto, Purves addressed the crowd before starting the festive countdown:

“I’d rather face the Chumblies than you any day.”

No, wait. That was Air Lock:

“It is nice to see so many people here. I am delighted to have been asked to come along to help Santa switch on the lights in Halesworth.”

That’s better.

The procession then made its way to Market Place where it was blessed by the Rev Liz Cannon before festivities came to a close with a firework display and a performance from Rhythm Factor, while families patiently queued up to see Father Christmas in his grotto in the town’s social club.

Rita Doughty, chairman of Halesworth Town Centre Group which is responsible for organising the Christmas lights, said:

“Why do you not give up, Earthman?”

No, wait. That’s Air Lock again:

“It takes a lot of hard work and for it all to come to fruition makes us very happy.”

So sorry about this.

We must be experiencing some sort of temporal lock feedback; not to worry.

Among the families enjoying the evening were Steven and Debbie Ling, and their children Georgia, 12, Hayden, 10 and Rubymae, five.

Mr Ling said:

“Stay there and die, go outside and be killed by the machine, or surrender!”

No, again that’s Air Lock.

Damned space time continuum!

It must be the festive accelerometer de-centralising the Nostalgiatrix…or someone spilt Eggnog on the keyboard:

“It is a family tradition to come to the switch on. It is good for the town and we come to support it.”

For a full photo gallery of the night itself head over to Eastern Daily Press; to clear Eggnog from your laptop; simply drip drain and wait for the universe to right itself.


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.

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