William Hartnell

Trivia and Quotes

Quotes (3)

  • William Hartnell: (On being Doctor Who) There was the occasion when I arrived at an air display in the TARDIS and the kids were convinced I had flown it there!

  • William Hartnell: (On Doctor Who) This will run for five years.

  • William Hartnell: I was so pleased to be offered the part of Doctor Who. To me kids are the greatest audience and the greatest critics in the world.

Trivia (21)

  • William Hartnell got angry on the set of Doctor Who.  But he got along really well with the cast and Verity Lambert.

  • According to the BBC, William Hartnell suggested that Patrick Troughton replace him as the Doctor.

  • Both William (1st Doctor) and Jon Pertwee (3rd Doctor) described playing the Doctor as like being the Pied Piper.

  • William was in the Royal Armoured Corps during World War Two, but was discharged after he had a nervous breakdown.

  • William played the role of the first Doctor Who between 1963 and 1966, clocking up more than 30 stories on the show, and more than 100 episodes.

  • His granddaughter is Judith (stage name Jessica) Carney.

  • William Hart played Ned Fletcher in The Way Ahead.

  • After his death, the role of the First Doctor was played by Richard Hurndall in the special anniversary episode The Five Doctors although William did appear in a small excerpt from The Dalek's Invasion of Earth - Part Five at the beginning of the episode.

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