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In Praise of Pertwee

Dear readers,

 

A couple of days ago now it was the anniversary of Jon Pertwee’s death. 18 years since the third Doctor passed on from this universe to the next. And recently I listened to a podcast, and then read a thread on a forum, where it seemed open season on Pertwee and his era. So I wanted to take a chance to tell the world that there are plenty of Pertwee fans out there who to this day love the five years he gave us, and umpteen appearances he made after he left the role.

I mean heck, the guy actually appeared in a fan-made film trying to explain the transition from Second to Third Doctors! The ‘showman’ never failed to come back when asked, and he never stopped giving back to the fans. And for fans that take their fandom as seriously as us Doctor Who fans, that deserves great kudos.

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Criticisms rage about his era that Pertwee was too ‘establishment’, his stories were too formulaic to ‘Bob Baker and Dave Martin were crap’. Hmmm. What can I say? I have a few friends for whom Pertwee is the ultimate Doctor, for me it is Troughton. But one of the reasons I love Troughton so much is the way he worked with Pertwee in The Three and Five Doctors. When I started to watch Doctor Who regularly, it was the 80s and Pertwee had an almost full series of repeats shown at 6.30pm. He and his era sucked me properly into the show, after I’d seen one Colin Baker episode and read a few of the Target books.

Perhaps the best Doctor/companion team? Jon and Katy
Perhaps the best Doctor/companion team? Jon and Katy

Spearhead drew me in, Ambassadors pulled me along and Inferno was a great big hook and I have never looked back. I even like most Bob Baker and Dave Martin stories, and I think ‘The Mutants’ is the most underrated Doctor Who story there is, bar ‘The Gunfighters’. This writing team was responsible for some of the most different and creative stories from the Pertwee and Tom Baker eras. ‘The Mutants’ may feature a couple of bad performances, but at the same time directly attacks British colonialism. And the Third Doctor is NOT on the side of the Overlords – he still sticks up for the underdog, the downtrodden, those treated unfairly. The Claws of Axos is an amazing amalgamation of ideas and visuals, and I will always LOVE ‘The Three Doctors’ despite its shortcomings.

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Pertwee IS establishment quite often, but always expresses rage and dismay at bureaucracy and pen pushers. Some have said that his Doctor wasn’t ‘nice’, but I never got that. The way he worked with Katy Manning showed a very soft and caring side to the Doctor. He was a man who was flamboyant, yet completely and utterly dependable. As a young kid, whatever the Doctor and Co were facing, you knew the Third Doctor would win out. And as for the rapport with Delgado, the way the two worked together – we have never and will never see better Doctor/Adversary matchup. That is clear.

Say what you like, Pertwee is not my favourite of all, but will always be one of my favourite Doctors. He has magic, a soft side, he was dynamic, funny at times, deadly serious at others. And in the early years right through to today, no Doctor has delivered speeches quite so well. See – ‘The Mind of Evil’, ‘The Time Monster’ and ‘Planet of the Spiders’. So, grab some cheese and a bottle of the finest wine you can find in Style’s cellar and drink a toast to Jon Pertwee. I salute you sir!

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Andrew Boland, also known as World Journeys, is a travel writer and blogger. You can find his travel blog here – http://worldjourneysdiscover.wordpress.com/

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Unreleased Doctor Who Related Clips On YouTube

Okay, so I hope that the title of this article is clear enough that nobody comes here looking for an upload of Marco Polo or the Underwater Menace. So here’s the deal, British Pathe used to have newsreels on before movies back when many people didn’t have access to televisions and tv news was either not around or in its infancy. They have uploaded their entire archive, 85,000 newsreels  spanning 1896 to 1976, to YouTube for the public to view.

From their about page on YouTube:

“The world’s finest news and entertainment video film archive. Since the invention of the moving image in the 1890’s, British Pathé began recording every aspect of global culture and news, for the cinema. With their unique combination of information and entertainment, British Pathé’s documentaries, newsreels, serials and films changed the way the world saw itself forever.

With it’s unparalleled collection of historical events and vast catalogue of changing social activity, British Pathé encompasses one of the world’s most prodigious and fascinating documents of the modern age. From fashion to warfare and sport to travel, British Pathé is the definitive source for the 20th century in moving images.

All 85,000 newsreels are now searchable and viewable on YouTube. This equates to 3,500 hours of filmed history.

Our YouTube channel includes some of the public’s favourite clips, rare and amusing pieces to share and footage related to big days throughout the year.”

There are some Doctor Who related items in here as well including a clip from the 1967/68 Schoolboys’ and Girls’ Exhibition at Olympia featuring a cameo appearance from a Cyberman and Yeti. There are some other films depicting police boxes, footage of Jon Pertwee and Jean Marsh, even a Peter Cushing appearance.

No, it’s not Macra Terror, but something neat and interesting to pass the time. An intriguing quote from Mediakraft, the German online tv channel that is managing the project:

it is very likely that the community will find hidden gems in the enormous video library that have not been discovered by the archivists yet.

That quote is courtesy of http://www.doctorwhonews.net

So there’s your challenge. Maybe we should take a few minutes a day away from the forums and missing episode threads and look through this amazing archive for more Doctor Who related content. You just never know what you might find!

If you do find something, post a link in the comments section so we can share it with everyone!