Doctor Who - Documentary s07e14 Episode Script

The Pertwee Years - Introduction

Hello, and welcome to the Pertwee years, a selection of episodes and clips and special items of interest covering my involvement with that very special programme Doctor Who.
Now I'm here at BBC's Television Centre in London, where from 1970 to 1974, I was regularly recording Doctor Who in the studios behind me here.
Studio 1 , by the way, is the largest studio in Europe.
I was chosen to become Doctor Who number three by producer Derrick Sherwin.
And my first real appearance as the Doctor took place on screen on January 3, 1970.
Here is my first scene.
(WHOOSHING) Very funny! Very funny.
My first major scene involved the Doctor realising that he is regenerated.
Oh, no.
That's not me at all.
No wonder you didn't recognise me.
Oh, that face.
That hair.
Oh, I don't know.
I think it's rather distinctive, actually.
Don't you think, hmm? Oh, you don't.
Oh, anyway, I'm tired.
All this exercise and exertion it's been too much, I ought to get some sleep.
Now just a minute.
Wake up, man, listen to me! Caroline John as Liz, my first companion, and the Brigadier, the guest character that featured regularly in many of my stories.
Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart was a character superbly brought to life by Nicholas Courtney.
I really enjoyed the excellent working relationship that Nick and I had and in many instances, our characters' quick-fire retorts were initiated by us.
It's fitting then that having raided the archives we take a look at the final episode of Inferno, which also includes one of the other stalwarts of my era, John Levene as Sergeant Benton.
This adventure features the original Tardis console built in 1963 for Billy Hartnell's first story.
And this is its final appearance before being relegated to the great junkyard in the sky.
From June 1970, Inferno, Episode 7.