“The Doctor”

When I was a boy, every two weeks, my aunt would visit us bringing her son, my cousin Jim with her. It was during one of those visits that he said to his mother,” Mum, can we watch that thing we watched last week”.? The television was turned on and I settled down with him to see what had captivated him the week before.
What appeared to be a tunnel of clouds appeared on the screen and there was the most unusual music I had ever heard. There were metallic creatures with rasping voices and flashing lights who had captured an old man. The old man was called, “The Doctor” and thus my life long love of Doctor Who began. I identified with the two school teachers who accompanied the Doctor and his granddaughter through time and space every Saturday night. The Doctor looked slightly excentric in Edwardian clothes and long white hair. He said that he and his granddaughter were from another planet. Every week I could not wait for the sports programme to finish so that I could see the next eagerly anticipated episode.
The metallic creatures were called the Daleks. From then on in every school playground boys could be heard mimicking them.
As the series progressed we went back in time to the Romans and Marco Polo as well as to other planets. I loved it.
The part of the Doctor was played by William Hartnell, an actor noted for playing thugs and army officers. The Doctor was a vastly different part it endeared him to children and it is the part he is now best remembered for. Doctor Who has become part of British Culture.


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