The Doctors: Behind The ScenesBookmark and Share

Sunday, 13 June 2021 - Reported by Chuck Foster

After the success of the compilation of Myth Makers interviews featuring the Doctors and their companions, Time Travel TV are releasing a new, thirteen DVD collection this time focussing on the behind the scene heroes and heroines that brought Doctor Who to life. Each release will feature over five hours  nostalgia, aiming to provide a whole new insight into the making of the series.

 
The first in a planned series of 13 new titles, The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years Behind The Scenes Vol. 1, contains interviews with the men and women who brought the Jon Pertwee era of the show to life including Doctor Who legends Barry Letts (Producer), Terrance Dicks (Script Editor/Writer), Don Houghton (Writer), Christopher Barry (Director), Paul Bernhard (Director), plus bonus interviews with actors Anna Barry, Damaris Hayman, Terance Lodge and Valentine Palmer! And presented by “voice of the Daleks” Nicholas Briggs.
 
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The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years Behind the Scenes Volume 1 will be available on 2-disc DVD from 12 July 2021.
The second compilation will be The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years Behind The Scenes will contain interviews with the team who created history by bringing the Doctor’s ground-breaking first incarnation to television screens. Hear from Verity Lambert (Producer), Waris Hussain (Director), Donald Tosh (Script Editor), Tristram Cary (Composer), John Wiles (Producer), Dennis Spooner (Writer) and Paul Erickson (Writer), plus bonus interviews with actors Lyn Ashley, Suzanne Carroll, John Cater, Edward De Souza, and Fiona Walker.
 
The Doctors: Behind The Scenes: The William Hartnell Years cover (Credit: Reeltime Pictures) The Doctors: Behind The Scenes (The Web Planet) (Credit: Reeltime Pictures) The Doctors: Behind The Scenes (The Crusade) (Credit: Reeltime Pictures) The Doctors: Behind The Scenes (The Tenth Planet) (Credit: Reeltime Pictures) The Doctors: Behind The Scenes (The Tenth Planet) (Credit: Reeltime Pictures)

The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years Behind the Scenes Volume 2 will be available on 2-disc DVD from 30 August 2021.
 
Each set will be limited to just 1000 double DVDs, and can be pre-ordered direct from the Time Travel TV website.




Jon Pertwee CentenaryBookmark and Share

Sunday, 7 July 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Today we mark 100 years since the birth of Jon Pertwee.

One of the greatest stars of Doctor Who and one of programmes greatest ambassadors, Jon Pertwee is remembered with as much affection today as he was when he hung up his velvet jacket and shrugged off the character of the Third Doctor at the end of his tenure in 1974. The fact that over forty-five years later the character lives on, remembered in Comic strips and Audio Books, on Blu-ray releases and in fan fiction, is a great tribute to the man who brought the incarnation to life.

Jon Pertwee was born in Chelsea in London on the 7th July 1919, less than a year after the end of the first world war. His destiny was probably fixed from birth, being born into a family immersed in show business. His father was the screenwriter and actor Roland Pertwee. His mother Avice Scholt, left when Pertwee was very young.

A natural rebel, the young Pertwee railed against what he saw as pointless rules and was expelled from several well-known schools. Perhaps the most notorious expulsion was from RADA, the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His crime, refusing to play a Greek "wind" during one of the lessons, feeling it was a waste of both his time and his father's money.

Pertwee was the age to fall right into the middle of the Second World War, serving for six years in the Royal Navy. He had a narrow escape when transferred off the HMS Hood shortly before it was sunk by the German Navy in 1941. A spell in naval intelligence saw him working with future James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Pertwee was a great mimic and used his experiences in the war to create numerous characters when he drifted into Radio after the war. By 1948 he was appearing at theatres billed as the Most Versatile Voice in Radio. He even developed his own catchphrases. He played the old Postman from Puffney Post Office declaring "It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you tears them up". Perhaps his most memorable character was the conniving Chief Petty Officer Pertwee in The Navy Lark.

Primarily known as a vocal artist, Pertwee had small roles in a number of films, including a couple of Carry Ons. In 1953, he played Charlie Sterling in Will Any Gentleman...? alongside future Doctor Who actor William Hartnell. A main role in television eluded him until he was offered the lead role of George Mannering in the new comedy Dad's Army. It was a role he turned down. Just as well as his biggest success was just around the corner.

Jon Pertwee (Credit: BBC )In 1969 it was announced that Patrick Troughton was leaving Doctor Who and Pertwee asked his agent to apply for the role. To the agent's surprise, it was revealed that Pertwee was already on the shortlist and the producer, Derrick Sherwin's second choice for the role. The first choice was Ron Moody, who turned it down. The role belonged to Pertwee.

Having won the role that would define him Pertwee now had to decide how to play The Doctor. BBC Head of Drama Shaun Sutton advised him to play the role as himself. Trouble was he spent his life hiding behind invented characters and had no idea who the real Jon Pertwee was.

The character Pertwee eventually found gripped the imagination of the nation. When Troughton left the show it was was in danger of cancellation. Pertwee and team had one season to prove their worth and prove it they did.

A new Producer Barry Letts took over and with Terrance Dicks looking after the storylines one of the greatest creative teams on the series took form. 1971 saw Katy Manning taking on the role of the assistant Jo Grant and when Roger Delgado appeared as the Master, the team was complete. Three seasons of UNIT adventures unfolded. As success grew Pertwee became a great ambassador for the series, travelling the country making personal appearances and appearing on programmes such as Disney Time.

The death of Delgado in a road accident in Turkey slammed reality into the fictional world and when several members of the team decided their time on the series was up, Pertwee concurred. He did one more season, this time teamed up with new companion Elisabeth Sladen and in June 1974 his Doctor breathed his last. The era of Pertwee was over, the era of Baker had begun.

Jon Pertwee had completed five seasons as The Doctor, more than the two previous inhabitants of the role. He recorded 129 episodes of the series, which, if watched back to back, would take 53 hours 26 minutes to complete. It was a role he would always be linked to and a role he returned to when he appeared as the Third Doctor in the 20th Anniversary story as well as the later stage show.

Pertwee would go on to great success in another Children's role, that of the scarecrow Worzel Gummidge, based on the books written by Barbara Euphan Todd. He hosted the murder-mystery game show Whodunnit? and became a regular on such celebrity hangouts as Blankety Blank and Celebrity Squares.

Jon Pertwee was a great convention goer, revelling in the adulation he engendered. He became the first honorary president of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. Perhaps it was fitting that he was attending a convention when he suffered a heart attack, dying in his sleep at the age of 76. His death came a week before the UK broadcast of the 1996 Doctor Who television film, which fittingly featured a dedication to the actor at its end. He was survived by his wife Ingeborg Rhoesa, and two children Sean and Dariel.

Jon Pertwee's death was a shock for fans around the world. The great man had gone, but his legacy lived on.




Jon Pertwee centenary celebration on BBC Radio 4 ExtraBookmark and Share

Saturday, 29 June 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Radio 4 Extra will broadcast a special programme celebrating the centenary of Jon Pertwee's birth, presented by his son Sean Pertwee:

The Jon Pertwee Files, presented by Sean Pertwee (Credit: BBC)A BBC Radio documentary has uncovered previously unbroadcast recordings of the legendary Doctor Who and Worzel Gummidge actor Jon Pertwee. The programme is presented by Sean Pertwee (Gotham, Elementary, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) and marks the centenary of the birth of his father Jon Devon Roland Pertwee, who was born on the 7th of July in 1919.

In the programme Sean traces his father’s career in broadcasting, which started after being expelled from several schools and then even being asked to leave Rada. In rediscovered interviews we hear his dad reminisce about the time he worked at the circus riding the wall of death with a pet lion, before eventually securing his first contract with the BBC at the age of 18.

Pertwee devised some very memorable characters through his ability to show great vocal range. Many successful years in radio comedy included a lengthy stint in The Navy Lark, which secured his status as a household name. Then with the advent of television he became a recognisable face as the star of Doctor Who in the early 1970s.

Through rare fan recordings made behind-the-scenes at television studios and at the first ever Doctor Who Appreciation Society Convention, we hear previously unbroadcast stories and a very personal insight into the world’s longest running science-fiction show.

The documentary also features the last time Pertwee performed as Worzel Gummidge alongside Una Stubbs as Aunt Sally. This recording was left untouched for over 25 years and was located during the making of the celebration. There are also rediscovered recordings of Pertwee undergoing the complicated make-up process during the making of the series, and visiting a local radio station to take phone calls from enthusiastic children wanting to speak to Worzel.

Presenter, Sean Pertwee said:
I think my father would like to be remembered not just for his cult TV programmes, but for his whole body of work. And most of all, he’d like to be remembered as an extraordinary man, which he was.

The Jon Pertwee Files will be broadcase on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Saturday 6th July at 8:00am, with repeats at 3:00pm and then late evening at 3:00am. It will also be broadcast at 4:00pm on BBC Radio Solent on Sunday (Jon Pertwee was a pupil at Sherborne School in Dorset, and later based at Portsmouth Naval Barracks during WW2)

The show will also be available on BBC Sounds for 30 days after transmission.


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Media presented courtesy of the BBC




Doctor Who: The Collection: Season TenBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who: The Collection: Season 10 (Credit: BBC Studios)BBC Studios have annnounced that the next release in their Doctor Who: The Collection will be the tenth anniversary series of advantures, starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor:

In 1973, Doctor Who celebrated its tenth anniversary with a very special story reuniting the first two Doctors – William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton – with Jon Pertwee’s then-current Doctor. The Three Doctors kicks off an explosive, colourful series of adventures across all of time and space as the Doctor and Jo Grant (Katy Manning) encounter the rogue Time Lord Omega, the terrifying Drashigs, the noble Draconians, fearsome Ogrons, deadly Daleks and slithering giant maggots. Season 10 also includes the final appearance of Roger Delgado as the Doctor’s arch nemesis The Master, plus adventures alongside Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) and UNIT.

The six disc Blu-ray collection includes all five of the stories comprising this season, plus a bonus disc of extras. As well as features previously available on the DVD releases, the set will include:
The set will also include Death Of The Doctor, which featured Katy Manning reprising her role as Jo in The Sarah Jane Adventures.


Doctor Who: The Collection: Season Ten is due to be released on Monday 8th July 2019 (the day after what would have been Jon Pertwee's 100th birthday), and is available to pre-order in the UK from our Amazon Shop.






The Daemons of Devil's End - Exclusive PreviewBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Daemons of Devil's End (Credit: Koch Media) A three-DVD special release featuring material based on the much loved Third Doctor story The Dæmons, is to be released on 13th November.

The three Disc release from Reeltime Pictures contains two unique productions and features stars including Jon Pertwee and Damaris Hayman reprising her role as Olive Hawthorn from the 1971 story.

Disc One is a brand-new drama production White Witch of Devil's End starring Damaris Hayman.

With a blend of dramatic monologue enhanced with visualisations and sound design to develop and tell the stories, the drama is an anthology of tales following the magical life of Olive Hawthorne, from childhood to her final days as the protector of Devil s End. Drawing on a rich heritage and appreciation of witchcraft and fokelore, the stories bring Olive's history to life, pitting her against vampire, succubus, fae, demonic influence and more - as Guardian of Devil's End, she must do what she must to protect the village ... but what happens when she reaches the end of her life? Who will protect the townsfolk then?
Disc Two is the long-awaited DVD release of the classic documentary Return to Devil's End.

Filmed around the village of Aldbourne in 1992, this marvellous production stars Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene and The Dæmons director, Christopher Barry.

Nicholas Briggs takes the cast and director on a trip around the locations, deftly gleaning stories and anecdotes about filming the classic Doctor Who series in 1971. Including interviews with villagers and rare archive film and photos. This documentary has been praised as one of the best behind-the-scenes look at the making of Doctor Who ever produced.

Both discs are packed with bonus features, and the third bonus disc contains video of conventions held in Aldbourne to celebrate one of Doctor Who's most fondly remembered stories.
  • Disc 1: White Witch of Devil s End
  • - Drama, Weaving Magic - The Making of ... ,The Scriveners - The writers tell their story, Linzi s Tune - Theme Music singer Linzi Gold Tells her story (inc. music video)
  • Disc 2: Return to Devil s End
  • - Documentary, Recording the Return - Home video of the shoot, Reporting the White Witch - Damaris Hayman & David Simeon interview, Morris Men - A profile of the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers, who featured in The Daemons
  • Disc 3: The Daemons Revisited
  • - Conventions at The Daemons location of Aldbourne village


The Cast of The Daemons at Aldbourne (Credit: Koch Media) The Cast of The Daemons at Aldbourne (Credit: Koch Media) The Cast of The Daemons at Aldbourne (Credit: Koch Media) The Cast of The Daemons at Aldbourne Naomi Sachs as the Gypsy Witch in The White Witch (Credit: Koch Media) Jon Pertwee at Aldbourne (Credit: Koch Media)


Koch Media Presents The Daemons of Devil's End on 3-Disc DVD from 13th November 2017. It is available to pre-order on Amazon.





The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee YearsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Koch Media are to release a collection of interviews with stars from Jon Pertwee's era of Doctor Who from Reeltime Pictures on 6th March 2017:

The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years
Produced by Keith Barnfather (pre-order from Amazon)


This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who to life.

These six hour-long documentaries feature in-depth interviews with Jon Pertwee (the Third Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates) and John Levene (Sergeant Benton). Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.


SPECIAL FEATURE: Introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of both The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years and the previously announced Wartime Chronicles on DVD courtesy of Koch Media, simply answer the following question:
Name the first televised story where Benton chats to the third Doctor.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-pertwee@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Jehoshaphat!". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 5th March 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.





Mini heritage plaque for Jon Pertwee up for auctionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 10 December 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Jon Pertwee mini-Heritage Plaque signed auction item (Credit: DWAS)Back in October, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society unveiled a blue heritage plaque at New Wimbleon Theatre in London in honour of the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. The Society has now produced 25 miniture versions which are available to purchase from their website, but have also put a special one up for auction which includes signatures from many of the guests who attended the event:

June Whitfield, Fenella Fielding, Barry Cryer, Jon Culshaw, Ingeborg Pertwee, Dariel Pertwee, Lorraine Chase, Timothy Combe, Michael Ferguson, Bob Baker, Katy Manning, Jeremy Bulloch, Richard Franklin, Peter Miles, David Banks, Prentis Hancock, Graeme Harper, Cy Town

All proceeds from this auction will be paid into the Society's 'Plaque Fund', which raises money to pay for the plaque at New Wimbledon Theatre, The Dedication event, and for The Grand Order of Water Rats which Jon was an enthusiastic supporter of during his life.

The plaque is approx 30cm diameter and comes with rear fixing tape for wall display.

You can view and bid on the item via their auction page on Ebay.





Jon Pertwee honoured by DWASBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Dariel and Ingeborg Pertwee (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS, has honoured the third Doctor by unveiling a blue heritage plaque in memory of Jon Pertwee.

The unveiling took place on Sunday at the New Wimbledon Theatre in South London. Pertwee was the the first Honorary President of the Society and the event was hosted by the current Honorary President, Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, who welcomed guests to the theatre.

Baker read tributes to the former star, including one from Peter Capaldi, and introduced Jon Pertwee's widow, Ingeborg and his daughter Dariel, who unveiled the plaque.

Pertwee worked at the New Wimbledon Theatre many times in his career, it was the venue for the launch of the 1989 Doctor Who play The Ultimate Adventure

The event was marked with a drinks reception attended by many of Pertwee's friends and collogues, including Terrance Dicks, Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Bob Baker, Timothy Combe, Michael Ferguson, Graeme Harper, Peter Miles, Stephen Thorne, Bernard Holley, Prentis Hancock, June Whitfield, David Banks, Barry Cryer and John Culshaw (in full third Doctor mode).

The event was followed by a free-to-enter mini-convention at the theatre featuring a screening of The Claws of Axos and panels with the stars.

DWAS has thanked the New Wimbledon Theatre, and all fans who helped raise funds for the event via the eBay auction

The society has further items for auction which will be available soon. Proceeds will be donated to the DWAS 'plaque fund' which is to raise money for the plaque, the event and for the Grand Order of Water Rats in memory of Pertwee.

The plaque is now on permanent display in the foyer at New Wimbledon Theatre in South London.

Colin Baker (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)Colin Baker (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)Dariel Pertwee (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)June Whitfield (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)John Culshaw (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)David Banks, Fenella Fielding, Lorraine Chase, June Whitfield, Barry Cryer (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)




DWAS: Polarity Day updateBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 5 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have updated us with the following changes to their forthcoming event to celebrate former Doctor Jon Pertwee:

Polarity Day (Credit: DWAS)Following discussions with the venue we are moving to a larger auditorium at Wimbledon Theatre, meaning that there are now plenty more free tickets available for our event on 23rd October 2016. with the maximum number available per application going up from 2 tickets to 4. The increased venue size has also allowed us to add to the guest list with John Levene (Benton) and Bernard Holley (Axon leader) also joining us. The Society’s honorary president, Colin Baker will also be attending to talk about working with Jon and more.

This weekend we will be holding an eBay auction at our site to help raise money for our Heritage Plaque and for The Grand Order of Water Rats, which Jon was a big supporter of during his life.

More details on the event can be found in our previous news article and on the DWAS website.




DWAS: Polarity DayBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Polarity Day (Credit: DWAS)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have announced details of their forthcoming special event dedicated to the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee.

Taking place on the 23rd October 2016 between 1:00pm and 5:30pm, Polarity Day will celebrate his time as the Doctor, with guests including Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, Bob Baker and Terrance Dicks. The day will also feature a special showing of The Claws Of Axos. Tickets to the main event is free, and may be applied for via post - see the website for further details. There will also be opportunities for photos and autographs at an additional charge.

Members of the Society will also be able to apply for separate tickets to attend the unveiling of the new Heritage Plaque in honour of Pertwee by his widow Ingeborg and daughter Dariel, with an invited audience of his friends and colleagues.

It is still possible to purchase a set of TARDIS Roundel badges from the Society, the proceeds of which go towards raising funds for the plaque, and for Pertwee's favourite charity, the Water Rats. For full details see the DWAS website.