Published on August 14th, 2013 | by Jonathan Appleton5
Novelist Picks Hartnell’s Doctor as Cultural Highlight
Interviewed by Mark Lawson in the Tuesday August 13 2013 edition of the nightly arts round up, Sansom, who wrote the Shardlake historical crime series, said of Hartnell’s portrayal:
Cultural Exchange is a regular Front Row slot which sees leading creative minds choose their favourite work. Rather wonderfully, Sansom says the programme’s early historical stories inspired his own vocation:
Really that started for me the idea of what it would be like to go wandering about in history, which is what I do now.
Sansom displays an impressive knowledge of the programme’s early years in an interview covering Hartnell’s casting, the tough shooting schedule, and how his declining health came to affect his performance. He also doesn’t shy away from Hartnell’s well-known (and deeply unappealing) views on race, but does attempt to place the man in the context of his time.
Well worth a listen, the interview concludes with Lawson nominating Sansom for the job of writing a Doctor Who story featuring an encounter with Henry VIII!
Listen to the interview at http://www.bbc.co.uk/