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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.


Lillian Russell

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Lillian Russell (1860 or 1861 – 1922), one of the most famous actresses of her time, appearing on stage and the big screen. Hers was the voice chosen, for publicity purposes, to be the first heard over long distance telephone.

 

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Original sepia 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.


Esther Williams

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Esther William, champion swimmer turned actress, in a publicity shot for the 1950 film “Pagan Love Song”.

Original B&W photo.


City Lights

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Charlie Chaplin with his costar Virginia Cherrill, in the 1931 film “City Lights”.
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Original B&W photo.


Tōru Ōhira, Voice Artist

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Tōru Ōhira, most famous in Japan for providing the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, seen here dubbing the 1950s series “Adventures of Superman” into Japanese, voicing George Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent.

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Original B&W photo.


The Quatermass Xperiment

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Richard Wordsworth being transformed in a scene from the 1955 film “The Quatermass Xperiment”, an adaptation of the 1953 BBC television series, “The Quatermass Experiment”.

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Original B&W photo.


Mammy (1930)

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Al Jolsen, in what looks like a publicity shot for his 1930 film, “Mammy”.

 

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Original B&W photo.


John Steed RIP

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Patrick Macnee, who died yesterday (25th June 2015) at the age of 93, in quite an early publicity shot for the TV series “The Avengers, which ran from 1961 to 1969, with an additional two series, “The New Avengers” from 1976 to 1977.

 

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Original B&W photo.


The Incredible Shrinking Man

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Randy Stuart and Grant Williams in a scene from the 1957 film, “The Incredible Shrinking Man”

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Original B&W screencap.


Them!

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Onslow Stevens in a scene from the 1954 horror/sci-fi film “Them!”

 

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Original B&W screencap.


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.


Planning Disneyland

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Walt Disney at the Disney Studios in Burbank, in December 1954. He’s showing the plans for Disneyland, to be built in Anaheim, in Orange County, California, to a group of Orange County officials.

From left to right: are Anaheim Mayor Charles Pearson, Orange County Supervisor Willis Warner, Walt Disney, Supervisor Willard Smith, and Orange County Planning Commission Chairman Dr. W. L. Bigham.

 

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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.


Things to Come

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A scene from the 1936 film “Things to Come”, written by H.G.Wells, and based on his 1933 novel “The Shape of Things to Come”, with Raymond Massey and Edward Chapman.

 

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Original B&W screencap.


A Night to Remember

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A scene from the 1958 film “A Night to Remember”, widely regarded as the most accurate cinema account of the sinking of the Titanic.

 

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Original B&W screencap.


Casablanca

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A poster for the 1942 film “Casablanca”.

 

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Original B&W photo.