Doctor Who News William Hartnell interviewed after his Doctor Who departure

Published on August 18th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

New William Hartnell TV Footage Found!

While the discussion into rumours of lost episodes continues to rumble on, here’s a genuine discovery – former First Doctor, William Hartnell, interviewed in his dressing room at Gaumont Theatre in Taunton where he starred in Puss in Boots just a few months after his final appearance in Doctor Who.

William Hartnell interviewed after his Doctor Who departure

Discovered by Doctor Who Restoration Team member and researcher extraordinaire Richard Bignell, the interview was conducted in-vision (ie., on camera) and aired on Tuesday 17th January 1967. The interview will feature on the upcoming DVD release of The Tenth Planet, and has been unearthed for some months – Restoration Team member Steve Roberts revealed on Gallifrey Base that David Bradley had viewed the material as preparation for his portrayal of Hartnell in Mark Gatiss’ An Adventure In Space And Time, which airs later this year.

Further details (including Richard Bignell’s description of the discovery) can be found at Doctor Who News. Naturally, we cannot wait to see it!

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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+.




4 Responses to New William Hartnell TV Footage Found!

  1. vortexter says:

    Great stuff! It goes to prove that there are still little gems waiting to be discovered like this so a big thank you to all those who search diligently in their spare time to expand the Who archives for us.
    I do find it interesting that they held on to the material for some time before telling us…anything else being held back I wonder…

    And Panto isn’t legitimate theater? Oh yes it is!! (boom-tish!)

  2. David F says:

    I’ve read somewhere today that, before this discovery, no filmed interview with Hartnell was known to exist. I don’t know whether that’s true, but it’s something I’d never considered before. It’s remarkable that someone who made such a mark on popular culture should be such a mystery out of character.

  3. vortexter says:

    I’m not an expert but I think he filmed a Junior Points of View which doesn’t exist anymore and there was a desert island discs show which only the transcript survives. But your right, you would have thought there was more footage available of the original Doctor.

  4. TonyS says:

    There’s not much Pat Troughton stuff either. He was an intensely private man who did little in the way of public appearances.

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