Wednesday 3 April 2024

The Regeneration Game

Jon Pertwee (1919-1996)

Can it really be 50 years since Jon Pertwee shocked 13 million Saturday teatime viewers and transmogrified into Tom Baker in front of their very eyes? Yep, in 1974 the Third Doctor, in the shape of Jon Pertwee, bowed out for the last time, passing the sonic screwdriver to the fourth incumbent - yer man with the scarf. But not before he swung by Shepherd's Bush in November '73 and showed Peter Purves his new set of wheels. 

Pertwee also played fast and loose with the First Law of Time (whatever that is) before he absconded, ending up face to face with his predecessor, one Patrick Troughton (Doc #2). There's some classic badinage between the two thesps - listen out for the Beatles reference and also the only time I've ever heard anyone say "Mayn't I?" Different times. Quite literally.


  1. All this chat on Twitter about mannequins, Autons and revolving doors clearly triggered something! My earliest memories of TV as a whole are Pertwee-era Doctor Who and his follow up gig as host of Whodunnit? He really was one of a kind.

    1. Whodunnit was brilliant! Patrick Mower being very urbane playing opposite an assortment of leggy blondes; that's how I remember it, anyway.

  2. Great to see 2 and 3 together again. Thanks.

  3. Replies
    1. Are your comments pre-written too, Martin?

    2. That would be a neat trick, wouldn't it?