On Saturday 23rd of July, he was flown to another air station, this time to open the Royal Naval Air Service Air Day at Culdrose, in north Cornwall. Although not in a Doctor Who costume, he emerged on a specially built stage from the TARDIS to the cheers of hundreds of children, and there was a mock battle with the Daleks complete with smoke bombs, the models apparently made by the sailors themselves. Great fun was had by all, despite the fact that, according to the local paper, the Daleks’ ‘destructive force became evident from the first when some mysterious anti-magnetic device blotted out Dr. Who’s opening remarks’. There was an air display and even a Dalek train for the children to ride on. Bill ‘created a sensation…not only was he besieged for hours by autograph hunters, but children by the score kept coming up and expressing their admiration. He was like a modern version of Father Christmas’.
- From Who’s There?
William Hartnell was hugely popular and made many guest appearances. The children adored him.
All the actors were sitting in the hotel with their scripts waiting to do a read-through, and having travelled some way to get there, they were hungry and thirsty. One of them pressed a bell to call for service as they wanted tea and sandwiches. Nothing happened. They were chatting and it was mentioned that Dickens stayed there. Someone pressed another bell. Still no one appeared. Eventually my grandfather lost his patience and started pressing every bell, shouting ‘I’ll give them fucking Dickens!’ at the top of his voice. This seemed to do the trick.
Jessica Carney about William Hartnell (Who’s There)