Unwilling Adventurer

Katie and Claire.

-First Doctor era obsessed, Ian and Barbara worshippers, William Russell devotees,The Adventures of Sir Lancelot fans.

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"As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves."- First Doctor.
Posts tagged "william russell"

William Russell in Return to Sender

Found this pic on twitter- https://twitter.com/tjpieraccini/status/475248578609577984/photo/1

Never seen it before and its gorgeous. *Swooning*


Favourite companion actor photos 3/?

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.