Tuesday, January 08, 2008

HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY WILLIAM HARTNELL! Today is the birthday of William Hartnell who originated the role of Doctor Who back in 1963. So I just wanted to tell ya. Hartnell was cast in the brand new TV show after appearing in many British films including "Hell Drivers" and "Carry On Sergeant" (in my collection). Sadly, the first episode of Doctor Who went out on the eve of the Kennedy assassination; however the show was quickly to become an English institution (and the longest running science fiction TV show in history). Bill Hartnell gave up the role a couple years later and was replaced by the late Patrick Troughton. Hartnell died in 1975. But here's to the institution you helped begin, Bill. Happy 100th birthday!

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