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Doctor Who thing: amazing collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the classic series

Over the summer I came across an article at the Mirror about Doctor Who’s location manager, Iwan Roberts. I put the link aside and never found the right time to post it — it’s worth a read if you’re a production dork, or if you want to learn about the places in Cardiff they use over and over again — but when I rechecked it again today, I saw something I missed the first time around (or perhaps it wasn’t there).

Smack in the middle of the article — in a sidebar sort of way, not actually related at all to the Roberts’ piece — is an incredible collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the classic series, none of which I had ever seen before. And I’m so familiar with the material that’s generally available that I was astonished to find a trove of “new” old stuff.

Here’s a sampling. Daleks being transported to the Cannes Film Festival in 1965:


Original producer Verity Lambert in the control booth:


William Hartnell in hair-and-makeup:


K9 with a friend:


Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, and Ian Marter:


Nicola Bryant and Colin Baker promoting a Doctor Who radio show:


Jon Pertwee, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Peter Davison in 1993:


Note that those enormous mobile phones were meant to look futuristic next to the old-fashioned phone box!

Many more photos — and larger versions of these — at the Mirror (scroll down the page a bit).

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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  • RogerBW

    Nifty! Thanks for the pointer — I’d never look at the Mirror in the normal way of things…

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  • Kathy_A

    I love the big honkin’ boombox that Nicola is carrying!! I was quite surprised to see Colin Baker on his Doctor Who Revisited special on BBCA, because he doesn’t look at all like he used to. Some people when they get older look just the same, just with white hair (or no hair) and more wrinkles, but not Colin.
    (Seeing that pic of Jon Pertwee from 1993 reminds me–I just saw Sean Pertwee, his son, on the season 2 premiere of Elementary, playing Lestrade, and he really is looking more and more like his father as he ages.)

  • Lowell Rapaport

    i feel sorry for those daleks being hauled around like just so much cargo.

    it seems demeaning.

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