“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.

19-01-1967 Cybermen
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).

 

doctor-who-yeti

Original B&W photo.

Verity Lambert at the Planetarium

dalek at Planetarium

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.

 

dalek at Planetarium

Original B&W photo.