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5.0 out of 5 stars so much more than doctor who., 12 July 2006
This review is from: Who's There?: Life and Career of William Hartnell (Hardcover)
this book only proves what i have known for many years; that william hartnell was a brilliant character actor on stage and in films throughout the 30s, 40s, 50s and the early part of the 60s before becoming immortilized as the original and, in my opinion, best doctor who.

i have seen william hartnell in some of the best films that britain has to offer; "carry on sergent," "heaven's above," very good as the corrupt boss in "hell drivers," "brighton rock" and also giving a superb performance in "this sporting life."

written by one of the few people qualified for the task, his granddaughter has given a thoroughly detailed portrayal of a man dedicated to his job, but also describes the way "doctor who" changed his life. sadly, this was one of the last assignments for hartnell as illness gradually took over and he would be replaced by patrick troughton.

in the text, i was made aware of how hartnell started his acting career under difficult circumstances; struggling for years to be employed on a reasonably regular basis whilst learning to develop his craft on the stage and trying to bring enough money home to support his wife. makes you realize how determined he was to succeed. good for him.

copies of this biography are like gold dust, especially ones that are in very good condition. a considerable amount of money might be needed in order to obtain one, but worth the hassle i promise you.
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