The Young Doctors

(That title is only going to mean anything if you know your Australian soaps, and are an ardent follower of Alan Dale.)

Anyway, Gareth spotted this on Facebook.

Bless ’em, they all loook so youthful! Hartnell is perhaps the biggest shock, given that when we met the First Doctor he was already an old man – it’s tempting to think that in his younger, wilder years he might have resembled the fiery pinup of the photo. Troughton and Pertwee are instantly recognisable thanks to their noses – which, by the way, is one of the most interesting things about Smith’s picture, suggesting that in more recent years he’s had it done (although it’s hard to really concentrate on the nose, because he appears to be wearing a ferret on his head).

Eccleston – who reminds me here of his performance in Shallow Grave – still looks like he’d rather be somewhere else. Davison is presumably en route to a Magnum audition somewhere, while Tennant has been listening to a little too much Joy Division. And McCoy resembles the love child of Albert Einstein and Frank Zappa. “Which, of course,” says Gareth, “he is.”

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  1. Missus Tribble

    Could be that Matt actually grew into his nose? As a kid I had a gigantic hooter, but people tell me how elegant my nose is now.

    I think I’d like to have seen a young Hartnell as The Doctor.

    The title made perfect sense to me. Should I get myself committed now or can I be forgiven due to my age? 🙂

  2. Missus Tribble

    Also, Alan Dale is evil. He killed Owen 😦

    • reverend61

      I find it impossible to take him seriously in 24, as good as he is, because I just see Jim Robinson / John Forrest, depending on how the light’s catching his bald head. I had to wrack my brains to remember what you meant by Owen – I had completely forgotten that he was in Torchwood!

      I suppose it’s possible that Smith grew into his nose, although that photo can’t have been more than eight or nine years old, if that. And yes, it would have been interesting to see a younger Hartnell, although it would have completely robbed him of any gravitas…

      • Missus Tribble

        I’d say he grew into it or it’s very clever makeup. I have a good friend who has actually met him, so I shall find out 🙂

        I keep seeing Jim Robinson too – glad I’m not the only one!

        Very true actually; Hartnell was brilliant as a cantankerous old git and I don’t think I’d want him any other way 🙂

  3. Frank Shailes

    Davison looks older there than in Doctor Who! Here he is in 1969, aged 17 or so…

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