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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

One Hundred Years Ago Today

William Hartnell, the actor who created the role of the Doctor in the 1960s, playing the first incarnation of the character from 1963 to 1966, was born exactly 100 years ago today.

Although ill health forced him to reluctantly relinquish the part in 1966, he remained very fond of the series and in 1972, with his health rapidly deteriorating and memory failing, managed to film one final performance as the character in the tenth anniversary special, The Three Doctors, which aired between December 30, 1972 and January 20, 1973.

It was his final professional performance; he died on April 23, 1975, aged 67.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding us about Mr. Hartnell's birthday! I always enjoyed his performance as The Doctor. He is in the top 3 list of my favorite Doctors!
Lowell from CMH