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.)