DOCTOR WHO Revisited: JON PERTWEE - Mar 31 BBC AMERICA
2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors.
This month, it’s Third Doctor JON PERTWEE!
Don’t miss the Premiere of the third DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Third Doctor storyline “Spearhead from Space” *** Sunday March 31 at 8/7c *** only on BBC America.
Take an in-depth look at the third incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, who brought action and stunts to the series. With exclusive interviews with lead writer & executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, executive producer CAROLINE SKINNER, Tenth Doctor DAVID TENNANT, Season Six guest star HUGH BONNEVILLE (Downton Abbey) and more!
Then, in the story “Spearhead from Space,” a swarm of meteorites fall on the sleepy English countryside, bringing with them a terrible new threat to mankind: the Nestene consciousness - a disembodied alien intelligence with an affinity for plastic. The Doctor is forced to race against time, in order to stop humanity from being replaced by a generation of terrifying plastic replicas.
Aha. So that’s when it’s on. I thought for sure they’d air it THIS weekend, before the new eps come back. Was wondering why it wasn’t in the guide!
The interviewee in the clip says something like “for the first time we got James Bond as the Doctor,” which is quite apt, given a recently discovered interview that revealed that Pertwee had actually been a spy during World War II. He even worked with Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond! (Besides creating the world’s most famous fictional spy, Fleming was greatly involved in British espionage in real life. I read this in some book on Ian Fleming and Bond that I picked up I think at a used bookstore).
Anyway, I have been thinking for a while that I would really like the Third Doctor, and now I can decide for sure! Plus, they picked “Spearhead from Space” to air with this, which is perfect because it’s Pertwee’s first episode as The Doctor and thus a good intro to him!