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"As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves."- First Doctor.
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William Russell

William Russell as Ramsey in Above us the Waves

"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:

"We started off in black and white and then went to colour. I think it was what sank us actually, because it was networked in the States on NBC and then went everywhere. I went over to New York to publicise it and when I saw the colour I was so excited- it was wonderful, and all these knights in armour and everything. I had a lovely white horse and all the flowing cloaks, you know? It all looked wonderful in colour, but I happened to go out of New York at the weekend to stay with some friends in Massachusetts. We watched the show and it was all muddy brown and sepia coloured. There was some kind of technical problem and they couldn’t get the range in those days. It had been enormously expensive to change from black and white to colour. We had techni-color coming over from America and advising us, lots of costumes and colours and everything tried out. So it all became, for those days, astronomically expensive. They didn’t do a second series."

William Russell talks about The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (DWM, 1995)

It was marvellous, it was really fun. To start with, I remember we rehearsed in some terrible church hall. As we became more successful, we went to Riverside which was really nice, we had it all there. It was a busy week because you didn’t get a lot of time off, but we had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs all the time. And we all got on very well which I think was one of those happy accidents of chemistry, really. The four of us got on and Verity got on with us so it was all very open- if we didn’t like something we said so. When Dennis Spooner came in as script editor he was wonderful; you could go and buttonhole Dennis and say, ‘I can’t say this’ and he’d say, ‘oh well give me five minutes.’ He’d come back and the script would be much better.
William Russell (DWM, 1995)
William Russell Enoch is all my name. I started as Russell Enoch and I was an actor for nine years as that- everybody in my family calls me Russell. I went back to it when I joined ATC- I thought, ‘I’m a character actor now’- but it was a disastrous mistake, a very stupid thing to do. When I did Coronation Street, I thought ‘That’s it I must go back to William Russell, no one’s heard of Russell Enoch’ […] I did a film with Norman Wisdom called Trouble in Store. There was another comic around at the time called Enoch, so they suggested I changed my name. I didn’t know what the hell to call myself. It was my mother who said ‘why don’t you use your two christian names? William Russell sounds quite a nice name.’
William Russell talks about his acting names. (DWM, 1995)

Appointment in London (1952)

Aww just found this article from here with this lovely pic of William Russell at his home with a bunch of kids and a home-made Dalek. 

We treated ourselves to yet another gorgeous signed photo of William Russell. It just arrived in the post and we love it.

William Russell in 1964 and 1992

Rita- The Coronation Street Collection. This part features some incredibly moving scenes between Rita, and Ted (William Russell) who is dying.


He (Bill) was always very serious about it. He was extremely committed to the whole thing and this effected all of us. We would make jokes in rehearsals but…(gets distracted by what’s onscreen) Ooh Menoptra. Do they fly on this bit? (They fly) Oh terrific! Oh marvellous!
William Russell gets distracted in ‘The Web Planet’ commentary and never finishes his point. Love so much how he gets caught up in it again. 
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Doctor Who: The Rocket Men


When do you know? When do you know for certain? The first look? Catching her eyes across a crowded room? A shy smile, a furtive glance? Or later, when the roots have grown down, extended deep into the earth, far beyond the giddy joys of the earliest days. Can you trust what you feel? When do you know? When do you know?

- Ian’s narration in The Rocket Men

A plaque honouring the first producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert, has been unveiled at London’s Riverside studios, by theDoctor Who Appreciation Society 

The plaque, which marks the achievements of Lambert as a Film and Television producer, will be on display at Riverside Studios until the venue closes for development in the autumn, when it will be placed into storage and then permanently mounted at the new Riverside media centre when completed. 

Verity Lambert was Doctor Who’s first producer and the first female drama producer at BBC Television. She oversaw Doctor Who from her appointment in June 1963 until the autumn of 1965, guiding the series to a successful launch and laying down the framework of the series which still running today. After she left Doctor Who her credits and reputation continued to rise and she became one of the best known players in the industry. She oversaw such iconic productions as Adam Adamant Lives, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Rock Follies, Rumpole of the Bailey, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Reilly: Ace of Spies, Minder, GBH and Jonathan Creek

The plaque honouring Lambert was unveiled by Doctor Who’s first director Waris Hussein, in a ceremony attended by the two surviving members of the original TARDIS team, William Russell and Carole Ann Ford. The event included a screening of the drama based on the creation of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time and a compilation of interview material, previously unseen. 

Riverside studios in Hammersmith London, were used by the BBC from 1954-1974. Although the first Doctor Who stories were recorded at the nearby Lime Grove complex, the series used Riverside Studio 1 for a number of stories between 1964 and 1969. Verity Lambert produced stories recorded at the site include The Dalek Invasion of EarthThe RescueThe RomansThe Web PlanetThe Crusade and The Chase

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