(1939-40) Acted in Vernon Sylvaine's "Nap Hand" at the Aldwych Theatre, London with Bertha Belmore, Marjorie Corbett, Francis De Wolff, Charles Heslop, Charles Lefeaux, Ralph Lynn, Maria Minetti, Robert Nainby, Frederick Piper, Valerie Tudor and Kay Walsh in the cast.
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Billy Hartnell | Bill Hartnell
5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Before the part came along I'd been playing a bunch of crooks, sergeants, prison warders and detectives. Then, after appearing in This Sporting Life
(1963), I got a phone call from my agent. He said, "I wouldn't normally have suggested you work in children's television, Bill, but there's a sort of character part come up that I think you'd just love to play. My agent said the part was that of an ...
In 1966, due to the actor's health problems, the decision was made to replace Hartnell as the Doctor but continue the series. The story editor of Doctor Who
(1963), Gerry Davis
, came up with a unique idea: since the Doctor is an alien, he can transform into another man when he dies, thereby renewing himself. Hartnell reportedly approved of the casting of the versatile character actor Patrick