The Third Doctor: 1970 – 1974
The next actor to take up the mantle of the Doctor – sometimes quite literally as shown by one of his rather gothic, Dracula-esque getups – was John Pertwee (1919 – 1996). He came along in 1970 and stayed in the role until 1974. He made two other televised appearances as the character, first in 1983’s 20th anniversary event ‘The Five Doctors’ and later in 1993 ‘Children in Need’ charity special ‘Dimensions in Time’. He also appeared as the Doctor in a musical stage play, ‘Doctor Who – The Ultimate Adventure’, which toured theatres in the United Kingdom in 1989.
The Second Doctor’s regeneration into the Third Doctor was forced upon him by the Time Lords, who also exiled him to Earth for meddling with the laws of time. Thus the Third Doctor found himself stranded in the funky 70’s, unable to use the TARDIS, grudingly working with alien defence force UNIT and stuck with the limited technological advancements of the 20th century. Sigh. But everything was not lost! The third Doctor got his own, stylish Edwardian roadster ‘Bessie’, he developed a long lasting friendship with UNIT founder the Brigadier (or Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart), encountered enemies such as the Sontarans and The Master, the wicked Space-Moriarty to the Doctor’s time travelling (well, under normal circumstances, anyway) Holmes and went on all sorts of romps. Heck, even after his exile was lifted he still spent a lot of his time on Earth, so evidently there were things to like about our silly little planet!
The Third Doctor was a warm and compassionate person, with less of the first incarnation’s grumpiness and more of his patriarchal grandfatherliyness, and less of the second incarnation’s silliness, but more of his kindness. He passed away saving the Earth from telepathic spider creatures, recieving a lethal dose of radiation in the process, which led to the next regeneration…
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