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Doctor Who – The Darker Dimension

A new Doctor lands this Saturday and it’s safe to say he’s going to be different. Aside from the customary swapping of faces and outfits there is a prickliness to this fresh persona. Since Doctor Who returned in 2005 we’ve had Time Lords who sat firmly in the ‘mates’ category. There was a warmth to Eccleston, Tennant and Smith. Going by the clips we’ve seen so far it appears the Twelfth incarnation (or Fourteenth if you stick with the chronology) isn’t a million parsecs from Peter Capaldi’s most famous role, Malcolm Tucker. Older, inaccessible and acerbic, a lot of fans are already wondering: Do I want to travel with this bloke?

But the concept of a difficult Doctor isn’t an alien one to the show. In fact it stretches far back into our ancient hero’s history and has cropped up repeatedly over the past two thousand years.
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Doctor Who: the film careers of William Hartnell & Jon Pertwee

Feature Alex Westthorp 28 Mar 2014 - 07:00

In a new series, Alex talks us through the film roles of the actors who've played the Doctor. First up, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee...

We know them best as the twelve very different incarnations of the Doctor. But all the actors who've been the star of Doctor Who, being such good all-rounders in the first place, have also had film careers. Admittedly, some CVs are more impressive than others, but this retrospective attempts to pick out some of the many worthwhile films which have starred, featured or seen a fleeting cameo by the actors who would become (or had been) the Doctor.

William Hartnell was, above all else, a film star. He is by far the most prolific film actor of the main twelve to play the Time Lord. With over 70 films to his name, summarising Hartnell's film career is difficult at best.
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Harry Fowler obituary

'Cheeky cockney' character actor who graced British screens for more than 60 years

While working on the classic Ealing comedy Hue and Cry in 1947, the actor Harry Fowler, who has died aged 85, was given sage advice by one of his co-stars, Jack Warner: "Never turn anything down … stars come and go but as a character actor, you'll work until you're 90."

Fowler took the suggestion and proved its near veracity. Between his 1942 debut as Ern in Those Kids from Town until television appearances more than 60 years later, he notched up scores of feature films and innumerable TV shows, including three years as Corporal "Flogger" Hoskins in The Army Game.

He never attained star status but created a gallery of sparky characters, including minor villains, servicemen, reporters and tradesmen enriched by an ever-present cheeky smile and an authentic cockney accent. He was Smudge or Smiley, Nipper or Knocker, Bert or 'Orace, as
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