William Hartnell played the First Doctor from 1963-66. He reprised the role in 1972 (THE THREE DOCTORS). Hartnell passed away in the mid-70s so Richard Hurndall played the First Doctor in THE FIVE DOCTORS (1983).
|Posted: 26 November 2017 at 2:03pm | IP Logged | 1
David Bradley will be playing the First Doctor in the upcoming Xmas special.
A lot of the complaints about Bradley (on social media) are about how little he looks like Hartnell. I remember similar complaints about Richard Hurndall back in the day.
How important is appearance, specifically a resemblance to William Hartnell?
You'll never find someone exactly like a person (although Helen Mirren did a good job playing Queen Elizabeth II in THE QUEEN). At the same time, it can be distracting when there's no resemblance. Does Anthony Hopkins look like Richard Nixon? I don't think he does.
I feel that Richard Hurndall looks more like William Hartnell than David Bradley does. At the same time, I will try to enjoy Bradley's performance as the First Doctor in the Xmas special.
Edited by Robbie Parry on 26 November 2017 at 2:05pm