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"

The Big Chance 1957

The Big Chance 1957

After leaving school, William volunteered to join the RAF. “I was already by then going to Oxford. In those days we did a short course which was half the week. We were playing at being airmen and we were playing at being undergraduates the other three days.” Eventually he joined the RAF full time before returning to Oxford to take a degree in English, although he admits. “At that time I wasn’t really concentrating on the work but on theatrical activities. In my day Oxford had the OUADS- the Oxford University Amateur Dramatics Society, and there’s- I hope its still going- The Experimental Theatre Club. There was also organisations within each college that you could join. At the very beginning I didn’t do any acting; the first thing I did was direct a play for my college.” By the time he completed the degree, William had opted to try a career in acting- but he met with some resistance at home. “I had a terrible row with my father because I was going to be an actor and it was a great struggle.”
William Russell talks about his education and start in acting (DWM, 1995)

William Russell (Credited as Russell Enoch) as the Duke of Gloucester in an episode of Robin of Sherwood (1986)

Lancelot in black and white.

Lancelot in colour.

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)