Saturday, June 30, 2007

Jon Pertwee: The third Doctor

John Devon Roland Pertwee (7 July 1919 – 20 May 1996), better known as Jon Pertwee, was an English actor. Pertwee is best known for his role in the science fiction television series Doctor Who, where he played the third incarnation of the Doctor from 1970 to 1974, and as the title character in the series Worzel Gummidge. He also hosted the murder mystery quiz programme Whodunnit! between 1974 and 1978 for Thames Television. Pertwee also voiced the character of "Spotty" in the 1980s cartoon series SuperTed.
In 1969 he was selected by producer Peter Bryant to take over as the Doctor from Patrick Troughton in the cult series Doctor Who. In a departure from the Doctor's first two incarnations, Pertwee played the character as an interplanetary crusader with a penchant for action. He played the Doctor for five seasons from 1970 to 1974, at the time the longest stint of any of the actors who played the part, surpassing predecessors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton's three years in the role. His successor, Tom Baker would play the Doctor for seven years from 1974-1981. In early 1974, Pertwee announced he would step down as the Doctor in order to resume his stage career in ‘The Breadwinner.' His final regular appearance in the series was in the story The Planet of the Spiders in June 1974.
On 14 April 1971, Pertwee was the subject of Thames Television's This Is Your Life which featured the first television appearance of his son Sean Pertwee, who went on to become an actor.
In 1972, he released a vocal version of the Doctor Who theme music entitled "Who is the Doctor", and in 1976 recorded two tracks for a now exceptionally hard-to-find Heinz Noodle Doodles promotional flexi-disc. The A-side was 'The Noodle Doodle Man' and the B-side was 'The Noodle Doodle Man on the Moon'. In 1980 he released a single based on Worzel Gummidge entitled "Worzel's Song" from the album "Worzel Gummidge Sings".

3ed Doctor Opening credits

3rd Doctor Episodes

Season Seven - 1970
Spearhead from Space
Doctor Who and the Silurians
The Ambassadors of Death

Season Eight - 1971
Terror of the Autons
The Mind of Evil
The Claws of Axos
Colony In Space
The Daemons

Season Nine - 1972
Day of the Daleks
The Curse of Peladon
The Sea Devils
The Mutants
The Time Monster

Season Ten - 1972-1973
The Three Doctors
Carnival of Monsters
Frontier In Space
Planet of the Daleks
The Green Death

Season Eleven - 1973 - 1974
The Time Warrior
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
Death to the Daleks
The Monster of Peladon
Planet of the Spiders

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