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William Hartnell: The Original (2013)

A look at William Hartnell and his involvement with Doctor Who (1963).


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Cast overview:
David Bradley ... Himself
Jessica Carney Jessica Carney ... Herself
Peter Davison ... Himself
Terrance Dicks ... Himself
Mark Eden ... Himself
Carole Ann Ford ... Herself
Mark Gatiss ... Himself
Waris Hussein ... Himself
Peter Purves ... Himself
William Russell ... Himself
Matt Smith ... Himself


A look at William Hartnell and his involvement with Doctor Who (1963).

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21 November 2013 (UK) See more »

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Offers very little even to the casual viewer in a rush
5 October 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

William Hartnell was an actor; he played Doctor Who in season 1; Doctor Who turned out to be quite the hit; then Hartnell died; the end. This is a plot summary of the 6 minute film which we have here posing as a documentary and to be fair you probably only get a bit more from the film than that sentence. A lot of this short seems to have been produced around the same sort of time as the film An Adventure Through Space & Time was made, since it spends as long with the cast and sets of that film as it does with anything else.

There are interviews with a family member, co-stars and others, but these are not new; I cannot be sure where I have seen them before (maybe in the film) but I know I have seen them before. This does rather leave me wondering why this short was made, because it really offers very little and I can only imagine a very busy New Who fan, who only has a few minutes to spare, might impatiently watch this during a ride on the Tube, as opposed to watching the original work or the film. Even then I doubt it offers much more than I have described. Technically it is well made since it takes bits from the film so it has high production values but just almost nothing of substance. A pretty pointless short if you have seen any of Hartnell's episodes or the film dramatizing their making – even for the causal viewer in a total rush there is not much on offer here.

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