Waris Hussein Recalls Early Days

There’s a whole bunch of spiffing Doctor Who related material on BBC America’s Anglophile page this week which you have to check out if you’re in any way a Doctor Who fan!

Most importantly, there’s an interview with Waris Hussein, the man who was in the Director’s chair for the very first Doctor Who adventure in 1963, An Unearthly Child (or 100,000 B.C. if you swing that way).

Hussein was only 24 years old when he started work on (what he had no idea would become) one of the biggest, greatest and most popular television shows in the history of ever. He talks frankly but with kind sentiment and good humour about his introduction to the show, how it had a slightly different message 50 years ago and the casting of the very first Doctor, William Hartnell. There’s also some fun things that you may not have know that occurred during the filming of the first four episodes.

The interview is refreshing and frank but it’s also interesting to see how some of the themes and reactions to Doctor Who all those years ago were not so different to how they have been since the series returned in 2005.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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