The Changing Face of Doctor Who | How to regenerate a Time Lord
The New Dr. Who.
Appearance. Facially as strong, piercing eyes of the explorer or Sea Captain. His hair is wild and his clothes look rather the worse for wear (this is a legacy from the metaphysical change which took place in the Tardis). Obviously spares very little time and bother on his appearance. In the first serial, he wears a fly- blown version of the clothes associated with this character.
Manner. Vital and forceful - his actions are controlled by his superior intellect and experience - whereas at times he is a positive man of action, at other times he deals with the situation like a skilled chess player, reasoning and cunningly planning his moves. He has humour and wit and also an overwhelmingly thunderous rage which frightens his companions and others.
A feature of the new Dr. Who will be the humour on the lines of the sardonic humour of Sherlock Holmes. He enjoys disconcerting his companions with unconventional and unexpected repartee.
After the first serial - the Daleks - (when the character has been established), we will introduce a love of disguises which will help and sometimes disconcert his friends.
To keep faith with the essential Dr. Who character, he is always suspicious of new places, things or people - he is the eternal fugitive with a horrifying fear of the past horrors he has endured, (these horrors were experienced during the galactic war and account for his flight from his own planet).
The metaphysical change which takes place over 500 or so years is a horrifying experience - an experience in which he re-lives some of the most unendurable moments of his long life, including the galactic war. It is as if he has had the L.S.D. drug and instead of experiencing the kicks, he has the hell and dank horror which can be its effect.
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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