Doctor Who’s 50th: Doctors 1-3

Posted: November 19, 2013 by Sam in Television
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Obviously Doctor Who wouldn’t be the show it is today without the lucky handful of actors with the distinct honor of being called Doctor. Today we’ll be looking at the first three Doctors: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and John Pertwee.

The most ingenious plot device created for a popular television show, the idea of The Doctor regenerating came about when the First Doctor, William Hartnell’s, deteriorating health forced the actor to leave the role. In a stroke of brilliance that would make the announcement of all subsequent Doctors an event in and of themselves, the creators of the show decided that, since The Doctor was an alien, it wasn’t out of the question for him to change his appearance should he happen to become gravely injured to the point of death. Regeneration brings a new face and a new attitude for The Doctor, yet every actor seems to find a way to link back to his predecessors, breathing new life into the show while paying homage to the lengthy history he (and hopefully one day she) has entered into.

The First Doctor – William Hartnell (1963-1966)

The Second Doctor – Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)

The Third Doctor – John Pertwee (1970-1974)


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