waaboozikwe said: This bit of conversation from William Russell makes me think he might have done more episodes as Lancelot if the show’s producers had not stopped it do to prohibitive expense. Is this true?
It does seem that way. Though further in the interview he does say it was probably for the best because it gave him the opportunity to do other things. We think he’d probably have done one more series and then left. He says in every interview that he’s never done more than 2 years in one acting job because he likes to always move on, so it never would have been a long running series but one more would have been quite nice, shame we never got it :(
"It was a deliberate decision. I’m a restless soul, I suppose. I never like to stay too long in one thing and just wanted to get out. […] Poor Bill was horrified, he couldn’t understand what I was doing and why I wanted to go. I said ‘Well Bill, it’s part of my nature’ I’m a butterfly if you like; I like to do a bit of film and a bit of theatre…I don’t like it when I suddenly sort of find myself in a nine to five job that’s going on and on, and that’s what happened with Doctor Who."
Jacqueline Hill’s character Barbara left the series at the same time. “That was entirely a coincidence. I said that I would leave and I think Jackie wanted to spend more time at home and she wanted to have children. She started thinking about it and decided it would be a rather good idea if we went at the same time. […] When I knew that Jackie was going I said, ‘Why don’t we do a play together?’ We did a tour of ‘Separate Tables’. We started in Leeds and it was great fun. Inevitably the posters declared ‘featuring the stars of television’s Doctor Who’
- William Russell on leaving Doctor Who (DWM, 1995), and the poster for Separate Tables:
Ah that’s so cool, glad you found tumblr through our blog and through searching for Ian things, yay. We actually had a similar experience in finding tumblr. We were always googling Ian and Barbara and then found the Ian and Barbara tags and found a small little group of people talking about them. Seems so long ago now! :) x