The beginning of a wonderful era for Dr Who,with so much publicity in the ensuing years with spin-off comics,books and magazines.Shame so much was junked from Pertwee's era,but we are lucky to have it all to enjoy again and again.My favourite era and one which I watch constantly and never tire of.Mr Pertwee we salute you!
The Pertwee era was when I outgrew what I called "The Wesley Eugene Roddenberry Mindset," which I later changed to a reworking of a Dead Kennedy's lyric, "Wesley's Humans Uber Alles. S-T-N-G Uber Alles." I can even point to specific instances:
"Doctor Who and the Silurians", Episide 4: The Doctor extends his hands to the Silurian who had killed Squire and Baker and asked, "Hello. Are you a Silurian?"
"The Ambassadors of Death", Episode 7: The Doctor respects General Carrington's dignity and well-meaning by telling Carrington that he understood why he did what he did.
"The Curse of Peladon", Episode Four: the denouement, when the dying Hepesh wishes King Peladon success and Peladon does not punish the rebels because they all ultimately wanted the same thing -- what was best for their society.
The strength of Doctor Who is ultimately that the Doctor is not human, and thus can explicitly point out our flaws and hypocrisies because s/he is external and, in some way, above our foibles. While Roddenberry was in charge of _Star Trek_, it never could grow to this level because he believed that the only way humanity survived was "my way or the highway."
Haaang on though.Two sons?Isn't Daniel a girl called Daryal?
Yup, "he" is a she, but her name is Dariel. (She's a psychotherapist and counsellor these days.)
And sort-of-on-topic, so I hope the mods and admins don't mind me posting about it, but there's a documentary coming up on Radio 4 Extra on 6th July that will be celebrating Jon Pertwee's centenary: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0006lvy It includes a recovered interview with JP from the first DW convention, which took place in 1977.
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2019 21:04:29 GMT by John Bowman: Added details of upcoming Pertwee programme.
"People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people."
I strongly suspect that this article in the Scottish edition was syndicated from London, and appeared in all editions of the Daily Express on that particular Saturday.
That they managed to spell Pertwee's name differently in two places on the same page, and some journalist misread his own handwriting, to convert Dariel to Daniel, tells you something about the pressure-cooker environment of a daily paper in 1969.
But a Scottish edition would not have had its own staff handle a report on a media event in London, when its head office was in Fleet Street. Syndicating the story enabled it to be reported within 24 hours, even though it had been a press photocall in West London.
Nice to see Pertwee's tame yeti again, a shame the reporter didn't get the usual Pertwee quote about finding a yeti on his loo in Tooting Bec.
For the sake of posterity, let me add I enjoyed Pertwee's comic rendition of "Songs for Vulgar Boatmen", a comedy number, a follow up on previous comic songs he'd released as occasional novelty items. The title is a spoof of a real song, about a river in Russia, called 'Songs for Volga Boatmen'. In case you'd never heard of it, or didn't even realise that it *was* a joke.