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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 26 November 2017 at 2:03pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

William Hartnell played the First Doctor from 1963-66. He reprised the role in 1972 (THE THREE DOCTORS). Hartnell passed away in the mid-70s so Richard Hurndall played the First Doctor in THE FIVE DOCTORS (1983).

David Bradley will be playing the First Doctor in the upcoming Xmas special.

A lot of the complaints about Bradley (on social media) are about how little he looks like Hartnell. I remember similar complaints about Richard Hurndall back in the day.

How important is appearance, specifically a resemblance to William Hartnell?

You'll never find someone exactly like a person (although Helen Mirren did a good job playing Queen Elizabeth II in THE QUEEN). At the same time, it can be distracting when there's no resemblance. Does Anthony Hopkins look like Richard Nixon? I don't think he does.

I feel that Richard Hurndall looks more like William Hartnell than David Bradley does. At the same time, I will try to enjoy Bradley's performance as the First Doctor in the Xmas special.

Thoughts?


Edited by Robbie Parry on 26 November 2017 at 2:05pm
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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 26 November 2017 at 2:51pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

When made up to look like the First Doctor, Bradley does resemble Hartnell, much moreso than Richard Hurndall did(in 'The Five Doctors', it was more about the costume and 'Hartnellish' wig, as Hurndall was not expected to try to do an impression of Hartnell's voice or mannerisms(Hmm?) )
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Matthew Wilkie
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Posted: 26 November 2017 at 4:33pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I'm with Brian. Bradley looks much more like Hartnell than Hurndall ever did.  
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Steve De Young
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Posted: 26 November 2017 at 10:59pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

After seeing Bradley play him in An Adventure in Space and Time, I'm sold.  And in that, he was playing Hartnell, not just playing the character that Hartnell played.
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Matthew Wilkie
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Posted: 27 November 2017 at 12:50pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The one downside is he looks too tall, too big, slightly more overbearing in his physique compared to Hartnell who seemed far more slighter. Facially and mannerisms though are spot on for me.  
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 02 December 2017 at 12:05pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I think Bradley is a close enough approximation that i
can enjoy his portrayal,Hurndall wasn`t even close to
me,even as a kid.
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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 26 December 2017 at 9:09am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I wish someone would be cast as a YOUNG HARTNELL DOCTOR...

I assume he was relatively young when he stole the Tardis?

If only JB would pitch Doctor Who: Year One to IDW...
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John Byrne

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Posted: 26 December 2017 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I assume he was relatively young when he stole the Tardis?

Susan is the wrinkle in that particular bit of fabric. How old was she when she went off with the Doctor? The impression is that she has been traveling with him for years.

Of course, we don't know how old Susan is, do we? A high school level kid by her appearance, but what does that translate to in real years?

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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 26 December 2017 at 10:27pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Susan might be 'only' 100 or so years old, practically a newborn for Time Lord standards.
Doctor Who Weekly's strip once had the Tom Baker Doctor saying that he had been 'a spotty teenager for 50 years.'
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Andrew Saxon
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I wish someone would be cast as a YOUNG HARTNELL DOCTOR...

I think someone was, in the episode 'Listen' - although you only saw his foot. (And even that was too much. I live in fear of some horrific Gallifreyan version of the 'Smallville' TV series featuring the adventures of pretty teenage versions of the Doctor, Master, Rani and Monk ... I can feel the vomit entering my mouth just thinking about it).

I assume he was relatively young when he stole the Tardis?

Shown in an annoying scene from 'The Name of the Doctor' where Clara tells the 1st Doctor which TARDIS to pinch (ughhhh...bloomin' Moffat, grrr!). Even looking like old Bill Hartnell, though, the Doctor could be considered relatively young by Time Lord standards.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 27 December 2017 at 7:31am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Hartnell was relatively young,he was around 55! 1960`s
55 year olds just look older than us modern mid-50`s
people!
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