Doctor Who Listener Archive - 1966

Note: These are the articles, photos and other Doctor Who related items from issues of the New Zealand Listener. The full text of each item has been transcribed as it is often indistinct on the scanned cuttings. Spelling and grammar have not been corrected. We would like to hear from anyone who can provide better quality copies or scanned originals of any of these cuttings and also from anyone who can identify any additional Doctor Who items from the New Zealand Listener that have not been included here.

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Listener Clippings

[clipping: 1966-10-21-A]
[clipping: 1966-10-21-B]

21 October 1966
Vol 55 No 1410 (24-30 October 1966)
p8: Article in 'Television Notebook' section with photo of Susan and Ping-Cho, to mark the beginning of the new serial with Marco Polo: The Roof of the World (AKTV-2, 27/10/66)

THE last series of Dr Who introduced Daleks and started quite a craze in both Britain and New Zealand. While the programmes were screening, 85 per cent of the letters to the BBC's Point of View television forum were about the Daleks and a bevy of "Dalek-deprived damsels" appealed to the BBC to let them adopt one of the models to make their lives complete. There was considerable discussion on what a Dalek looked like without its metal case.
  Daleks and worlds of the future play no part in a new series of Dr Who which will start from AKTV-2 next week. Instead, Who, his granddaughter, and two London school teachers go back in time on earth - back to the 13th century and the famous journey by Marco Polo to China and the courts of Kublai Khan. They become involved in ancient politics, murder and a battle to retain possession of their time machine, "Tardis."
  Although much of the fan mail for Dr Who concerned the Daleks, Carole Ann Ford, who plays the 15-year-old granddaughter Susan Foreman, receives scores of letters from schoolboys hoping for a date. What they didn't realize is that Carole is in her early twenties, a housewife and a mother. She is also a veteran actress.
  She began her career with a part in a film when she was eight. On leaving school she enrolled in the local amateur dramatic society, but stayed only until she was spotted by Joan Littlewood and given a leading part in Expresso Bongo. Other starring roles followed - she was Adam Faith's girlfriend in Mix Me a Person, and featured in Day of the Triffids. In late 1962 she was signed to play the part of the 14-year-old princess in a musical version of Rattigan's The Sleeping Prince which was to be produced on Broadway with Jose Ferrer, but she decided not to go when some of her scenes were cut; also, she did not want to leave her family.
  The producer of Dr Who, Verity Lambert. says: "Carole is one of the most naturally young people I know."
DR WHO: The new series takes place in the 13th century when the Tartar Empire was at its height. Zienia Merton (left) as Ping-Cho and Carole Ann Ford as Susan.

[clipping: 1966-11-04]

4 November 1966
Vol 55 No 1412 (7-13 November 1966)
p43: Photo of the Doctor, promoting Marco Polo: Five Hundred Eyes (AKTV-2, 10/11/66)

WILLIAM HARTNELL as "Dr Who" in the adventure serial about an exile from another world, travelling with his granddaughter and two London school teachers through time and space. This may be seen from AKTV-2 at 6.18 tonight.

[clipping: 1966-11-25-A]
[clipping: 1966-11-25-B]

25 November 1966
Vol 55 No 1415 (28 November-4 December 1966)
p2-3: Full page colour photo of the Doctor and article entitled 'Dr Who: Time Traveller'.

Dr Who: Time Traveller
FOR years, British moviegoers had been used to seeing William Hartnell as the tough sergeant-major who regularly, in each new army comedy, subdued and "made men" out of suc-cessive bunches of raw recruits. At the beginning of 1963, however, Hartnell marched off the parade ground to appear on television as a strange old gentleman of uncertain age from the distant future. His name? Dr Who.
  A character more unlike a British sergeant-major would be hard to imagine. Because he is from the future, it is hard to calculate the doc-tor's exact age, which could be any-thing from 600 years - to several millenia. To the eyes of a 20th century Earthling, however, Dr Who is a 70-year-old who flits happily through time in a glorified telephone booth.
  "Dr Who is quite different from anything else I have ever played," Hartnell comments, "and it's wonderfully out of character for me. It's a change to be frail and a bit be-wildered instead of always shouting and cursing, although Dr Who does like to get his own way, and hasn't much patience with Earth people."
  It is fortunate that Hartnell does enjoy the part so much, for he was producer Verity Lambert's first choice for it.
  "Dr Who was a very difficult part to cast," she says. "He's a fugitive from another world and the distant future, and could probably be all of 600 years old. We couldn't have a young man or it would be silly, and if we cast an old man, he couldn't stand the pace." Verity's only worry was that Hartnell might be too busy in films to accept the role, or might not like the idea at all. However, she need not have worried.
  "In my last film, I was a seedy schoolmaster," he explains. "That made a bit of a change from all those sergeant-majors, but I was ready for something really different. And you can't get more different than Dr Who."
  William Henry Hartnell has been in show business for 39 years, and has done everything from Shakespearean acting to television work. He was born in 1908 in London, and was educated at Bembridge and the Imperial Services College at Windsor. He started his acting career with Sir Frank Benson's famous Shakespearean Company, a job which he de-scribes as "carrying spears on stage and running errands off it".
  After several years of touring and repertory work which included under-studying such famous entertainers as Bud Flanagan, Hartnell started work in films in 1932. During the war he served two years with the Tank Corps, never rising above the rank of Trooper. His return to films, however, gave him an immediate promotion to sergeant-major, and it was at this rank that he served through such films as The Way Ahead, Carry on Sergeant, and the television series The Army Game.
  After playing what seemed like an endless stream of dependable NCOs whose gruff exteriors all concealed hearts of gold, Hartnell was under-standably weary of the army. It was beginning to seem that he would never play any other role -- until finally a merciful casting director gave him the part of a shambling old Yorkshireman in the film of David Storey's This Sporting Life. He rea-lized that he liked playing strange old gentlemen for a change, and was thus more than ready to assume the enig-matic character of Dr Who.
  In the past, most of Dr Who's ex-peditions through time have been to the future, where his main adver-saries have been the Daleks, a fear-some race whom nobody has ever seen without their protective armour. In a new series of Dr Who, the learned doctor abandons the future for the past, and meets with people such as the prehistoric cavemen or the 13th century Chinese.
  "I'm not a science fiction fan," Hartnell says, "but I'm very fond of history, so I get a kick out of the epi-sodes of Dr Who which take me back in time to the palaeolithic cavemen age or to 13th century Cathay and the court of Kublai Khan."
  Although Carole Anne Ford plays the part of a fifteen-year-old - Dr Who's: granddaughter - in the series, she is, in fact, 22. However, she plays the part so well she has had scores of letters from schoolboys hoping to take her out. She is a housewife and mother of a young baby.
  She obtained her first film part when she was eight, and by the age of 17 had the lead in the film Expresso Bongo. Since 1958, she has done 12 television shows, including Great Expectations and Dixon of Dock Green. In rehearsals, she exercises in her spare moments by doing push-ups on the furniture under the stern gaze of Tabatha, her toy tabby cat which is her mascot and constant working companion.

[clipping: 1966-11-25-C]

p47: Photo of Wang-Lo, Ian and Ping-Cho, promoting Marco Polo: Mighty Kublai Khan (AKTV-2, 1/12/66)

IN TONIGHT'S "DR WHO" episode from AKTV-2 at 6.47, "Mighty Kublai Khan", Dr Who and his party are once more prevented from boarding the "Tardis" and the journey to Peking continues. Unable to bear the idea of marriage to an old man, Ping-cho runs away. Ian follows her, and at Wang-lo's inn finds out that she has parted with all her money in the hope of joining a caravan going back to her home in Samarkand.

[clipping: 1966-12-09]

9 December 1966
Vol 55 No 1417 (12-18 December 1966)
p44: Photo of the Doctor and Marco Polo and short article, promoting Marco Polo: The Roof of the World (DNTV-2, 15/12/66)

THE space-time ship of Dr Who - an elderly, slightly vague exile from another world and a distant future - carries the doctor and his crew back in time to Cathay in the 13th century in "Roof of the World", the first episode in the series Dr Who, screening tonight from DNTV-2 at 6.49. Dr Who, his teenage granddaughter Susan, and two schoolteachers land on the icy slopes of the high Pamir ranges, on the fringe of the Empire of Kublai Khan. A caravan is making its painful way towards Peking, the capital of the Tartars. Leading it, in the service of Kublai Khan, is Marco Polo.
  ABOVE: In the palace of Kublai Khan Dr Who (right, played by William Hartnell) meets Marco Polo (Mark Eden).

Clippings for 1965 or Clippings for 1967/1968.