The making of Doctor Who by Terrance Dicks, Malcolm Hulke

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Such great actors as Ralph Lynn and E rnest Truex, and then played their parts himself when their plays left the West End and went on tour of the provincial cities. He got into films in the 1930's playing comedy parts in 'quickies' - short films, made very cheaply in two or three weeks of filming. For his first leading part in one of these : films, he was paid £60. Today, an actor playing the leading part in a film would be paid thousands of pounds. However, his whole acting career changed in 1943 when the famous film producer Sir Carol Reed asked him to playa tough Army ser­ 34 geant in the film The Way Ahead.

First he was in destroyers, protecting our East Coast convoys from enemy submarine attack. Then he was trans­ ferred to motor gun boats, and was given his own command just after the Allied invasion of Normandy. He was demobil ­ ized from the Navy in March 1945, and joined the Amersham Repertory Company. Troughton first got into television in 1948, just after tele­ vision had started again after the war . Since then he has played an enormous number of dramatic parts on our screens. He was making a film in Ireland called The Viking Queen 36 when he was asked if he would like to become the second Doctor Who.

It is also a matter of interp retation - the way that a part is to be played. ' And that was, in fact, how Patrick T roughton played Doctor Who for the next three years. Of his time as the Doctor, Pa trick Troughton says : 'Of all my twenty-seven years as an actor, I think these were the happiest three years. I particularly enjoyed acting with Frazer Hines, who played Jamie. We never once had a cross word all the time we worked together. Also Innes Lloyd, the producer when I started, and Peter Bryant were great to work for.

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