Doctor Who’s Day #1: William Hartnell

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Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this new Pop Bunker feature! For the next 11 weeks, I will feature the actors who have played our beloved Doctor over the years and show you where to find them when you just need that little bit more. Where else should I begin but with Doctor number 1, William Hartnell?

As you might have guessed by his Scrooge-like appearance, Doctor Who was by far not Hartnell’s first acting job. Starting in 1932, he worked pretty steadily until his final, eponymous role in Doctor Who ended for good in 1973. Between the end of his full-time run as the Doctor and his final appearance ever, he had a few smaller roles, but as his health began to fail, these tapered off.

If you want to see Hartnell in another recurring television role, check out The Army Game, in which he played CSM Percy Bullimore and even graces the cover of the DVD box set. Unfortunately, this set only includes 50 episodes, as many of the episodes aired live and were never recorded, or were otherwise lost.
This clip is one of the few available to view online, but you can at least get a glimpse of its personality there.


To see Hartnell in a big screen role, you could do worse than the critically-acclaimed This Sporting Life:

This film was recently remastered and re-released, affording you the opportunity to see Hartnell as Dad Johnson in sharper definition than possibly any other instance.

If you’re truly obsessed with the first Doctor, see if you can get your hands on a copy of his 1966 biography “Who’s There?” Written by his granddaughter, it reveals in-depth details of his life from birth to the early 60′s.

Do you have another favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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