Tagged William Hartnell

John Guilor voices the First Doctor in the reconstructed Planet of Giants
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John Guilor: Man of a Time Lord’s Voices

This week sees the DVD release of the 1964 William Hartnell story Planet of Giants. As you may know, this story was originally recorded as a four-parter but in order to add pace it was almost immediately truncated to three parts at the behest of Doctor Who creator Sydney Newman. At the time the decision…

Beware the Drahvin in Doctor Who classic Galaxy 4!
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018 Galaxy 4

The Doctor finds himself caught up in the struggle between two shipwrecked and ideologically different alien space crews on a planet facing imminent disintegration (presumably somewhere in a galaxy numbered ‘four’…). As the opening story of one of Doctor Who’s most experimental and intriguing – some might say ‘turbulent’ – seasons, Galaxy 4 begins in…

Peter Butterworth and William Hartnell in The Time Meddler
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017 The Time Meddler

And so it begins. Gallifrey begins to emerge into the Doctor Who mythos, ready to take it’s grand place alongside other significant Who staples. At last the noble race of Time Lords can stand revealed as we learn just where the Doctor came from. Except we don’t. Don’t worry, we will. Gallifrey, as Rassilon proclaimed…

The Daleks Are Back! Doctor Who 016 The Chase Reviewed
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016 The Chase

Serial number 16, The Chase – also known as serial R – marks the second end of an era for the original run of Doctor Who. After almost two years of time travelling adventure, this Dalek story by Terry Nation marks the departure of Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, never to be mentioned again within…

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014 The Crusade

It has long been my naive personal belief that in the world of Doctor Who, adventures that occur in the future are always more interesting/entertaining than their historical counterparts.  However, with the lineup of stories in Season 2 up to and including The Crusade, I am seriously beginning to question the validity of my own opinion. I…

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