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Doctor Who

“You put your left foot in…”

19-01-1967 Cybermen

Publicity photos taken on January 19th 1967, to mark the return of the Cybermen in the Doctor Who story “The Moonbase”.

This story saw the uncredited debut of John Levine (later to play series regular Sergeant Benton), as a Cyberman, so it’s possible he’s in this picture.

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Original B&W photo.

Genesis of a Legend

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Tom Baker, for many the definitive Doctor, with Daleks at BBC Television Centre, in a publicity shot for his first season of Doctor Who, which included the story “Genesis of the Daleks”, around 1975.

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Original B&W photo.


More Dalekmania!

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Daleks from their second story, “Dalek Invasion of Earth”, outside the London Planetarium, 20th August 1964.

 

 

Outside the Planetarium, Baker Street 20 08 1964

Original B&W photo.


The Original Cybermen (1966)

 

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In between takes on “The Tenth Planet“, the first “Doctor Who” story to feature the Cybermen, make-up artists make adjustments to the costumes.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Daleks at Cannes

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Daleks on way to Cannes May 1965

Daleks used in the film “Doctor Who and the Daleks” being loaded up fror transport to the 1965 Cannes Film Festival.

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Daleks on way to Cannes May 1965

 

Original B&W photos.


Patrick Troughton – Jobbing Actor

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“A promotional still of future second Doctor Who Patrick Troughton as he joins the BBC Drama Repertory Company in 1952.” (BBC archives)

Patrick Troughton radio

Original B&W photo.


Who Was Robin Hood

Children in Battersea Park watch Patrick Troughton act the part of Robin Hood

Patrick Troughton, later to become a household name in “Doctor Who“, seen here in a publicity shot for the 1953 BBC series of “Robin Hood“, accompanied by children in Battersea Park.

Almost 60 years later, Troughton’s grandson, Sam Troughton, played the role of Much in a new production of “Robin Hood“, again for the BBC.

 

Children in Battersea Park watch Patrick Troughton act the part of Robin Hood

Original B&W photo.


Yetis in Wales

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Since 2005, Doctor Who production has been based in Wales, but there have been visits before, as this scene from the 1967 story “The Abominable Snowmen” shows. Frazer Hines, as Jamie McCrimmon, and Patrick Troughton, as the Doctor, are prevented from reaching the Tardis by a robotic Yeti, on location in Snowdonia (doubling for Tibet).

 

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Original B&W photo.


Verity Lambert at the Planetarium

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Verity Lambert, the first producer of Doctor Who, posing for a publicity photo at the London Planetarium in Baker Street during location shooting for the second Dalek story, “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” in August 1964. The Daleks were modified for this story with a disc on its back, to explain why they could move about freely, having been confined to their city because they were supposed to be powered by static electricity in the first story the year before. The modification was quietly dropped in all subsequent Dalek stories.

Behind Verity and the Dalek is a Zeiss projector, used to project an image of astronomical objects on the inside of a dome. The Baker Street Planetarium no longer exists, and the building is now used to house celebrity-themed shows, though there is still a planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Soviet Mission to the Daleks

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On a Soviet Cultural Mission to Britain in 1966, the Deputy Chief of the Soviet Star Film Industry Committee, Nadezhda Volchenko, visited Shepperton Studios to see the completion of filming for ‘Daleks invasion of Earth 2150AD’.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Dalek Playsuit

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This 1966 photo features a child wearing a Berwick Toy Company Dalek Playsuit, first manufactured in 1965, and costing 66s 6d, quite a sum in those days. I didn’t get one!

There is a particular reason for the policeman’s presence. This photo was taken outside the West London Magistrate’s Court, on 31st August 1966, just after John Edward Witney, an accomplice in the Shepherd’s Bush murders, also known as the Massacre of Braybrook Street, had been ushered out under a blanket, prior to his trial at the Old Bailey, where all three perpetrators were found guilty of murdering three police officers, and given life sentences..

 

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Original B&W photo.


June Hudson and Friends

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June Hudson is probably best known as the principle costume designer during the latter part of Tom Baker’s run in Doctor Who, but she has dome much more, and still designs for the screen, as well as teaching.

This photo is from 1979 and, given that Baker and Lalla Ward are wearing their costumes from “Destiny of the Daleks” (and there’s a Movellan in the picture), and that the setting seems to be London, it was likely taken around the time of the studio taping of that story, in July.

 

June Hudson 1979

Original B&W photo.


Edmund Warwick – The Doctor’s Double

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In this scene from the 1965 Doctor Who story “The Chase”, Edmund Warwick played a robot double of the Doctor, made by the Daleks to confuse the Doctor’s companions and to kill the Doctor. Later in the story, Warwick and William Hartnell both played the robot and the Doctor in scenes where they met, depending on which character was seen most clearly, though both were voiced by Hartnell.

On modern televisions, larger and with higher definition than in 1965, Warwick bears little resemblance to Hartnell. It helped the illusion, too, that we couldn’t watch recordings and replay Warwick’s scenes back in 1965.

 

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Original screencap.


The Power of the Daleks

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A newly regenerated second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), accompanied by his companions Ben (Michael Craze) and Polly (Anneke Wills), meets his most famous nemeses in the 1966 Doctor Who story, “The Power of the Daleks”.

 

 

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Michael Craze, Anneke Wills and Patrick Troughton as Ben, Polly and the newly regenerated second Doctor, in one of the early scenes from the story.

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Original B&W photos.


The War Games

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Edward Brayshaw as the War Chief and Patrick Troughton as the Doctor in Troughton’s last Doctor Who story as the series lead, “The War Games, from 1969.

The War Chief was a renegade Time Lord, and may have been used by the next production team as a template for the Master, first played by Roger Delgado.

 

War Games

Screencap kindly supplied by johnxgin3.com


Patrick Troughton – End of an Era

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This photo usually appears when doing an image search for the Doctor Who story “The War Games”, and may be a publicity shot for that , Patrick Troughton’s final story. It looks hastily cobbled together with, for example, the Dalek missing the lights on the dome, and the pale blue rings on the eyestalk starting to come apart.

 

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Original B&W photo.


William Hartnell and the Daleks

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At his home in Mayfield, Sussex, the first Doctor William Hartnell is seen here with four Louis Marx toy Daleks, on 21st April 1965.

 

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Original B&W photo.


The First TARDIS Crew

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The original TARDIS crew escaping to the safety of the ship at the end of the first Doctor Who story. Initially, the episodes were individually titled. This one was called “The Firemaker”, but is also known as episode 4 of “An Unearthly Child”.

 

Doctor Who cast 1964

This photo is from 1964, and shows (from left to right) Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara), producer Verity Lambert, William Russell (Ian), and William Hartnell (the Doctor) celebrating the sale of the first series of Doctor Who to Canada.

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Doctor Who cast 1964

Original B&W photos.


The Web Planet

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A Menoptera from the 1965 Doctor Who story, “The Web Planet”.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Moonbase Cyberman

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A scene from the 1967 Doctor Who story “The Moonbase”, showing companion Jamie McCrimmon, played by Frazer Hines, in the moonbase sickbay, being menaced by a Cyberman.

 

 

Moonbase CybermanOriginal B&W photo.


Becoming the Doctor

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William Hartnell being fitted with his wig for his portrayal of the Doctor in Doctor Who, which he played from 1963 to 1966.

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Original B&W photo.


Dalek Invasion of Earth

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One of the early scenes in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode took place in Trafalgar Square. The location was also used prominently in the second Dalek story, “The Dalek Invasion of Earth”, in 1964.

 

The Dalek Invasion of Earth – One Day, I Shall Come Back

Near the end of the story, the Doctor (William Hartnell) says farewell to his granddaughter Susan, the first of his companions to leave the show. The clip this screen-shot comes from was used at the beginning of the 20th Anniversary story, “The Five Doctors” in 1983.

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth – One Day, I Shall Come Back

Original B&W photos.


Dalekmania!

The anticipation for tonight’s 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who extends across the globe but, in the 1960s, the hysteria was just as intense, albeit a bit more local, as these photos from the ’60s show.

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Dalek bus queue

Original B&W photos.


Tom Baker

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Tom Baker aged 22, just prior to joining the army for National Service.

tom_baker_as_young_manOriginal B&W photo.