1st image of David Bradley as William Hartnell

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  1. Candlelight

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    8mm recorded off the screen, not a tele-snap. :)
     
  2. Christopher

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    ^Wouldn't that be called telecine?
     
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  4. Iamnotspock

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    So I see. No need to gloat though, I only asked where the rumour had come from and opined that he doesn't look anything like him, and I stand by that! ;) Still, with the right wig and a well-pitched performance... He does have a history of crafting a diverse array of eccentric characters so in that sense it's probably a good fit. We'll see. :)
     
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    I'm not even sure he'd need a wig ... a different hairstyle might be enough. Along with a bit of makeup.

    I don't get where that fellow thinks Bradley is a dead wringer for Hartnell. In those park shots he doesn't look a thing like him. Where I come from, that's called, "might be mistaken for the fellow on dark, foggy night by a witness with no corrective lenses and severe myopia."
     
  6. Candlelight

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    Whose gonna play Terry Nation...?

    :p
     
  7. diankra

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    And Ron Grainer... and Chris Barry! (Actually, I could get a little angry if they simplify things to claim that Richard Martin directed the whole of The Daleks, not just the dull episodes at the end).
     
  8. Cutter John

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    I dunno, I can see it. The proper hair and clothes will likely help a lot.
     
  9. diankra

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    If anything, the casting works better dramatically if there's a noticeable difference between 'William Hartnell' and 'William Hartnell in wig and costume as the Doctor'.
     
  10. Christopher

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    For me, the voice is the most important thing. Richard Hurndall in "The Five Doctors" was a pretty good physical match for Hartnell, but I didn't find his voice or his speech cadence similar enough. What worries me is that I don't remember Bradley sounding anything like Hartnell.
     
  11. Starkers

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    Well that's it really, it's down to the performance, if he can sell it it wouldn't matter if he had green hair.

    diankra raises a good point though, at the end of the day Bradley isn't playing the 1st Doctor, he's playing Hartnell playing the 1st Doctor!
     
  12. JoeZhang

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    And to further quibble, he should be playing Hartnell playing The Doctor not the 1st Doctor, the character as he played is unique in that regard.
     
  13. Starkers

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    Good point!
     
  14. diankra

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    Little side note for British viewers: Brian Cox was on the Daily Politics this afternoon (Tuesday 1226th Feb, rpt at midnight on BBC Parliament), so you can take a look at how good a match he is for Sydney Newman with his 60s haircut and moustache.
     
  15. Iamnotspock

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    Aside from being 20 years too old...
     
  16. diankra

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    Ah, but when I met Newman after an NFT lecture he was 20 years older too! :-)
     
  17. Iamnotspock

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    He was 46 in 1963, and looked it. Brian Cox is 66. Still, they've clearly gone for the best man for the role.