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4.0 out of 5 stars The Life & Times Of The Original Doctor's Career William Hartnell, 9 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Who's There - The Life and Career of William Hartnell (Audio CD)
This is excellently narrated by Anneke Wills (Polly)from the Autobiographical account of William Hartnells Life & career based on the autobiography written by Hartnells Granddaughter Jessica Carney.

It's quite shocking to know Hartnell was a illegitimate born in the slums of London a secret he took until his deathbed & is also shocking to hear that in his youth Hartnell was involved in a local gang turning to a life of crime.

This biography goes into great detail about Hartnells early career as how he was always cast as Army sergeants.

From The Army Game-Carry On Sergeant through to Verity Lamberts casting him in his most iconic role Doctor Who.

Doctor Who defined William Hartnell were he became a true life Grandfather figure to many children & who relished the love & affection by many fan's for his portrayal of the Doctor.

During his tenure His Doctor battled Daleks & Cybermen yet the greatest battle Hartnell ever faced was his declining ill heath that caused him to fluff many lines & eventually he started forgetting them completely.

Towards the end of his tenure as the Doctor Hartnells moods became ever irascible constantly agruging with cast & crew making come across as a awkward stubborn actor which is not the case he was starting with an illness which started effecting his mind.

No longer able to continue with the series punishing schedule & suffering a bout of Bronchitis resulting in a major rewrite of episode 3 of the Tenth Planet.

Hartnell returned for the 4th episode's final part (although the 4th episode's missing from the BBC archives it has been animated for the dvd release of the Tenth Planet.)

Sadly in his final episode Hartnells ill health is clearly showing in his performance that in a way mirrors what his character going through & the line "This old body of mine is wearing a bit thin" a prelude to the first Doctor's Regeneration into Patrick Troughton Second Doctor is a fitting statement of his ill health at the time.

Although this is exceptionally written by William Hartnell Grandaughter Jessica Carney she does not shy away from her Grandfathers tetchy & at times awkward attitude but also includes his love of being the Doctor & his family life away from the the Doctor.

With a career on Radio,Stage,Musicals,Film & Tv & Without that amazing performance William Hartnell gave as the Doctor we wouldn't be celebrating the shows 50th Anniversary in 2013.

William Hartnell got the shows future spot on as when asked how long the series would run for Hartnells response was "Forever", He was correct.

Excellent narration by Anneke Wills whom reading of this autobiography is clear & engaging to the listener.

Recommended to fan's of Doctor Who old & new as theres plenty to learn about the life & career of this Doctor Who legend.
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2013 01:03:34 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Great review. I remember seeing William Hartnell in an old re-run of Carry on Sergeant. I think that's the only other thing I've ever seen him in personally.
His last episodes always seem so sad to watch, it's sad to see his decline. But good to know he will never be forgotten and will always be respected for what he did.
I'm glad Anneke Wills read this book; shows a good sense of what is proper to the man and his memory.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2013 10:25:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Nov 2013 10:25:37 GMT
Timelord-007 says:
If you get the chance the Documentary on the Tenth Planet very good.

Many thanks for the comments.
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