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Heaven Sent: Doctor Whodini, The Man Who Walked Through Walls

“Heaven Sent” is an entertaining, experimental, and well constructed one-man show. Sometimes abstract metaphor tells a better story than literal expression. Picking right up from “Face The Raven,” the Doctor continues his typically Moffat macho threats. This Kirk-like bragging, which started at the end of Matt Smith’s first episode “The Eleventh Hour,” is directly opposed […]

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Peter Davison, Unlikely Hero

After playing the Fifth Doctor for three years, Peter Davison relinquished the celery to revive his career. Interviewed in Boston by Starlog Magazine, 1988.The itinerary to Peter Davison’s recent United States WhoCon Tour reads more like it belongs to a rock star rather than a onetime Doctor Who. Though hardly the equivalent of a Bruce […]

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Age of Actors who Played the Doctor

Comparing the 50-somethings shows just how fragile Billy Hartnell was for his age. (To be fair, that probably had more to do with arteriosclerosis, the show’s 48-episode/year work schedule, and post-Verity Lambert producers resenting his salary being 4 times more than his costars.) Hartnell loved being the Doctor and didn’t want to go. One thing’s […]

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Fifth American Doctor: Mark Harmon

1982–84. Honorable mentions: Michael Gross, David Michael Hasselhoff, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Keaton Supporting CastAdric: Lee CurreriNyssa: Heather LocklearTegan Jovanka: Diana CanovaThe Master: Edward Mulhare Mark Harmon was chosen as a physical contrast to Barry Newman, as well as for his critically acclaimed role in the prime time soap opera Flamingo Road. At 29 years old, […]

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Fourth American Doctor: Barry Newman

1974–81. Honorable mentions: Paul Sand, Ronny Cox, Henry Darrow, Steve Landesberg Supporting Cast Sarah Jane Smith: Cindy Williams Harry Sullivan: Ken Howard Hilda Winters: Diana Muldaur Barry Newman‘s breakout performance as the brash, gonzo attorney Tony Petrocelli in The Lawyer (with Doctor Who costar Diana Muldaur) won him the role of the fourth Doctor. Newman […]