The Changing Face of Doctor Who | How to regenerate a Time Lord
Document Type | Internal Memo
A description is provided for writers on the series for the proposed new Doctor Who, to replace William Hartnell. At the time this is believed to have been written, Hartnell's successor had not yet been cast and - more importantly - Hartnell himself had not agreed to leave the series.
Interviewed for 'Pebble Mill' in 1973, Patrick Troughton confessed that he'd been so worried about typecasting that he'd considered playing the Doctor in black face with a turban. Though no documentary evidence exists to back up this claim, it's known that a variety of other costumes were considered, including that of a sea captain, prior to series creator Sydney Newman deciding that the character should be more like Charlie Chaplin, or 'a cosmic hobo', as Newman put it.
A viewer sends in a letter of support for 'Doctor Who' actor William Hartnell.
A memo outlines the character of the second Doctor.
Patrick Troughton's first appearance as 'Doctor Who' overshadowed by the Daleks.
The 'Radio Times' letters page receives a mixed reception to the new Doctor Who.
Patrick Troughton's first adventure as the Doctor gets a cautious response from viewers.
Promoting the new Doctor Who and 'The Highlanders'.
A memo outlines fresh companions and a new enemy for Doctor Who.
Jon Pertwee's Doctor Who graces the front cover of 'Radio Times'.
'Doctor Who' star Jon Pertwee shows off his new car.
Viewers share their thoughts on Jon Pertwee's first 'Doctor Who' story.
Viewers review Tom Baker's debut as the Doctor.
Tom Baker meets the creator of the Daleks.
Introducing Peter Davison as the next Doctor Who.
A new timeslot for 'Doctor Who' isn't popular.
Viewers appraise Peter Davison's first year as the Doctor.
A dream come true for Doctor Who Number Six.
Audiences review Peter Davison's final year as the Doctor and Colin Baker's debut.
'Doctor Who' takes over the back page of 'Radio Times'.
Sylvester McCoy faces harsh criticism from the viewers.
Paul McGann is the Doctor.
Images of the actors who would become the TV sci-fi hero.
Pictures of the new Doctors and some of his companions through the years.
Actors who were shortlisted to play the Doctor.
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