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From the Pathé News Archive: William Hartnell at the British Film Festival

In 1947, a young William Hartnell attended the British Film Festival, an event sponsored by the Daily Mail.

Courtesy of the British Pathé news archive, we can now see some footage of the actor 16 years before he brought the Doctor to life…

Look out for more from the archive throughout the week, including, Daleks, Cybermen and Yeti!

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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