Last week I was listening to an episode of The Memory Cheats podcast, where the two hosts were discussing The Romans. One host mentioned that it was a shame that the only two things anyone ever remembers about William Hartnell was that he A) was a racist, and B) could never remember his lines — neither of which is necessarily true.
Another thing I’ve often heard said about the role of the Doctor, is that every actor to take the part is basing their interpretation off of Patrick Troughton, not off of William Hartnell, and that everything we identify as “Doctor-ish” about the part, is due to Troughton’s work after assuming the role in late 1966. I can’t accept this as true, either. Well, actually, I did accept it as true — and repeated it aloud — but finishing up this recent 1st Doctor marathon has quite changed my mind. Continue reading