Bringing the past to life with colour

William Hartnell – the First Doctor

FirstDoctorResult9When William Hartnell first started in the role, he confidently predicted that Doctor Who would run for perhaps as long as 5 years. Half a century later, and we’re about to be introduced to the 12th Doctor.
This picture shows Hartnell in rehearsals for the 1965 story, The Web Planet. The first Doctor usually sported a plain, black string tie, but here he’s wearing something a little more elaborate. I couldn’t find a colour reference for the cravat, but I thought it looked a little like the one worn by the sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) for most of his tenure, so I used the colour from that to add a note of continuity.

Original B&W photo.


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