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Jon Pertwee

Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor
Birth name John Devon Roland Pertwee
Born 7 July 1919(1919-07-07)
Flag of England Chelsea, London, England
Died 20 May 1996 (aged 76)
Connecticut, USA

John Devon Roland Pertwee (7 July 191920 May 1996), better known as Jon Pertwee, was an English actor. Pertwee is best known for his role in the science fiction television series Doctor Who, where he played the third incarnation of the Doctor from 1970 to 1974, and as the title character in the series Worzel Gummidge. He also hosted the murder mystery quiz programme Whodunnit! between 1974 and 1978 for Thames Television. Pertwee also voiced the character of "Spotty" in the 1980s cartoon series SuperTed. copyright-free publicity still of Jon Pertwee as the Doctor This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... The Third Doctor is the name given to the third incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Statue of Thomas More on Cheyne Walk. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A broadcast of the long-running and popular British science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... Doctor Who is a long-running award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The series depicts the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor who travels in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) time ship, which appears from the exterior... The Third Doctor is the name given to the third incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... Worzel Gummidge is a British childrens character, a walking, talking scarecrow, who originally appeared in a series of books by Barbara Euphan Todd. ... Whodunnit! was a British television game show, broadcast between 1972 and 1978 for ITV by Thames Television. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... SuperTed is a Welsh language animated television series from the United Kingdom that first aired on 1 November 1982. ...

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Biography

Early life

Born in Chelsea, London, the son of noted screenwriter and actor Roland Pertwee (and cousin of actor Bill Pertwee who played Chief Warden Hodges in the comedy Dad's Army), Pertwee was educated at Frensham Heights School, an independent school in Rowledge, near Farnham in Surrey, and at some other schools from which he was expelled. After school, he went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), from which he was also expelled after he refused to play the small part of a wind in a Greek play. Statue of Thomas More on Cheyne Walk. ... William Desmond Anthony Pertwee (born July 21, 1926) Amersham, Buckinghamshire, is a British comedy actor. ... Dad’s Army is a British sitcom about the Home Guard in the Second World War, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on BBC television between 1968 and 1977. ... Frensham Heights School is an independent school located in Surrey, England, run by a registered charity, Frensham Heights Educational Trust Ltd. ... An independent school is a school which is not dependent upon national or local government for financing its operation and is instead operated by tuition charges, gifts, and perhaps the investment yield of an endowment. ... Castle Street Farnham is a small town in Surrey, England. ... Not to be confused with Surry. ...


Pertwee was an officer in the Royal Navy, spending some time working in naval intelligence during the Second World War. He was a crew member of HMS Hood and was transferred off the ship shortly before it was sunk, losing all but three men. The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... For other ships of this name see HMS Hood (disambiguation). ...


After the war he made a name for himself as a comic actor, notably on radio in Waterlogged Spa and Puffney Post Office in which he played a hapless old postman with the catch-phrase "It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you tears them up". From the late 1950s, he had a long-running role as the conniving Chief Petty Officer Pertwee in The Navy Lark on BBC Radio. He was known as a Danny Kaye look-alike, and his impersonation of Kaye can be seen in the 1949 film Murder at the Windmill. The Navy Lark is a satirical radio sit-com based on board a British warship named HMS Troutbridge, transmitted on the BBC Light Programme and subsequently BBC Radio 2. ... BBC Radio is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since 1927. ... Kaye entertaining U.S. troops at Sasebo, Japan, 25 Oct 1945 David Daniel Kaminsky, known as Danny Kaye (January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer and comedian. ...


On stage, he played the part of Lycus in the 1963 London production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Frankie Howerd and appeared in the smaller role of Crassus in the 1966 film version. He appeared in four Carry On films: Carry On Cleo (1964, as the soothsayer), Carry On Screaming (1966, as Dr. Fettle), Carry On Cowboy (1965, as Sheriff Earp) and Carry On Columbus (1992, as Duke of Costa Brava). On television, he made an appearance in The Avengers episode From Venus with Love as Brigadier Whitehead, and in the 1970s, he guest starred as a Vicar in The Goodies' episode "Wacky Wales". Hi! Youre car can speak <a href=http://immobilizer. ... Frankie Howerd Frankie Howerd OBE (born Francis Alex Howard in York, England, 6 March 1917 - not 1922 as he claimed; died in London, 19 April 1992) was a distinctive English comedian and comic actor. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The Carry On films were a long-running series of British low-budget comedy films, directed by Gerald Thomas and produced by Peter Rogers. ... Carry On Cleo is the tenth film in the Carry On film series. ... Carry On Screaming! is the twelfth Carry On film. ... Carry On Cowboy is the eleventh in the Carry On series of films. ... Carry On Columbus was a 1992 film, and the most recent in the Carry On films series. ... The Avengers is a British 1960s television series featuring secret agents in a fantasy 1960s Britain. ... The Goodies was a surreal British television comedy series of the 1970s and early 1980s combining sketches and situation comedy and starring Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie. ... Wacky Wales is an episode of the British comedy television series The Goodies. ...


He was married twice, first to Jean Marsh (1955–1960), whom he divorced, and then, on August 13, 1960, to Ingeborg Rhoesa, by whom he had two children, Sean and Dariel. Jean Lyndsay Torren Marsh (born 1 July 1934) is a Golden Globe-nominated English actress and writer, who is best known for co-creating the British period drama Upstairs, Downstairs with Eileen Atkins. ... is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Sean Pertwee (born June 4, 1964) is a British actor. ... Dariel Pertwee (born 1961) is a British television actress. ...


Doctor Who (1970-1974)

In 1969 he was selected by producer Peter Bryant to take over as the Doctor from Patrick Troughton in the television series Doctor Who. In a departure from the Doctor's first two incarnations, Pertwee played the character as an interplanetary crusader with a penchant for action. He played the Doctor for five seasons from 1970 to 1974, at the time the longest stint of any of the actors who played the part, surpassing predecessors William Hartnell's and Patrick Troughton's three years each in the role. Only his immediate successor, Tom Baker, would play the Doctor for longer (seven years from 1974-1981). In early 1974, Pertwee announced he would step down as the Doctor in order to resume his stage career in ‘The Breadwinner', also citing typecasting in the role as a reason for quitting. His final regular appearance in the series was in the story Planet of the Spiders in June 1974. Patrick George Troughton (March 25, 1920 – March 28, 1987) was a versatile and prolific English actor best known in his role as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long running British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1966 until 1969. ... Doctor Who is a long-running award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The series depicts the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor who travels in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) time ship, which appears from the exterior... For the Californio, see William Edward Petty Hartnell. ... Patrick George Troughton (March 25, 1920 – March 28, 1987) was a versatile and prolific English actor best known in his role as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long running British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1966 until 1969. ... For other persons named Tom Baker, see Tom Baker (disambiguation). ... Planet of the Spiders is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from May 4 to June 8, 1974. ...


On 14 April 1971, Pertwee was the subject of Thames Television's This Is Your Life which featured the first television appearance of his son Sean Pertwee, who went on to become an actor. April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by its producer, Ralph Edwards. ... Sean Pertwee (born June 4, 1964) is a British actor. ...


In 1972, he released a vocal version of the Doctor Who theme music entitled "Who is the Doctor", [1], and in 1976 recorded two tracks for a now exceptionally hard-to-find Heinz Noodle Doodles promotional flexi-disc. The A-side was 'The Noodle Doodle Man' and the B-side was 'The Noodle Doodle Man on the Moon'. In 1980 he released a single based on Worzel Gummidge entitled "Worzel's Song" from the album "Worzel Gummidge Sings" [2]. The Doctor Who theme music was created in 1963, composed by Ron Grainer and realised with electronics by Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. ... Worzel Gummidge is a British childrens character, a walking, talking scarecrow, who originally appeared in a series of books by Barbara Euphan Todd. ...


Later life

He returned to the role of the Doctor in the 1983 20th-Anniversary television special The Five Doctors and in the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time. During the 1990s, he made a guest appearance in the "Lords and Ladies" episode of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Harry Hill's Fruit Corner, playing a Time Lord and also spoofed the role in the Radio 4 comedy The Skivers. The Five Doctors was a special movie-length episode of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, produced in celebration of the programmes twentieth anniversary. ... Dimensions in Time was a charity special crossover between the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and the soap opera EastEnders that ran in two parts on November 26 and 27, 1993. ... BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Harry Hills Fruit Corner was a radio show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the United Kingdom. ... Doctor Who. ...


In 1993, Pertwee was featured in the unofficial 30th Anniversary VHS release of Doctor Who entitled '30 Years of Time Travel and Beyond'. When asked in an interview for this documentary if the show should be brought back he simply replied with 'No...no'.


Pertwee would continue to act in films and television as well as make appearances world-wide in support of Doctor Who.


Ultimately, Pertwee was successful in seeing the Third Doctor return to the airwaves with two audio productions for BBC Radio, The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space. Following its British cancellation, Worzel Gummidge was eventually picked up for production on New Zealand television in the late 1980s after much campaigning by Pertwee. BBC Radio is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since 1927. ... The Paradise of Death is a radio audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, produced by the BBC and first broadcast in five episodes on BBC Radio 5 from 27 August to 24 September 1993. ... The Ghosts of N-Space a radio audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ...


Death and legacy

Pertwee continued on the convention circuit and with his voice and television acting until his death, aged 76, from a heart attack whilst on holiday in Connecticut on 20 May 1996 (some reports, however, place the location of his death in New York). Coincidentally, his Doctor Who predecessor, Patrick Troughton, had also died of a heart attack in the United States. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... “NY” redirects here. ... Patrick George Troughton (March 25, 1920 – March 28, 1987) was a versatile and prolific English actor best known in his role as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long running British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1966 until 1969. ...


He died only days after the American broadcast of the Doctor Who television movie which used in its opening credits a logo based on the one from his era of the television series. The BBC broadcast of the television movie featured a dedication to Pertwee at its end. Doctor Who (also unofficially known as Enemy Within by fans, as labeled by the films executive producer Philip Segal) is a television movie based on the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ...


His last association with the series was posthumous. With the approval of his widow, Ingeborg, his voice was utilised as part of the plot of the Big Finish Productions 40th-Anniversary Doctor Who audio drama, Zagreus. Pertwee's voice was culled from a fan-produced Doctor Who film Devious, portions of which were recorded prior to his death. Big Finish Productions is a British company that produces audio plays released straight to compact disc, based on British cult science fiction properties. ... Doctor Who is a long-running award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The series depicts the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor who travels in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) time ship, which appears from the exterior... Zagreus is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Doctor Who is a long-running award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The series depicts the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor who travels in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) time ship, which appears from the exterior...


Pertwee wrote two autobiographies: Moon Boots and Dinner Suits (published in 1984), which primarily covers his life and career prior to Doctor Who and the posthumously published Doctor Who: I Am the Doctor - Jon Pertwee’s Final Memoir (published in 1996 by Virgin Publishing Ltd and co-written with David J. Howe) which covered his life during and after the series. In 2000, a biography about Pertwee's life was written. Jon Pertwee: The Biography (ISBN 0-233-99831-4) was published by Andre Deutsch Ltd and written by Bernard Bale. This biography was produced with approval from Ingeborg, who herself also wrote a few chapters of her past with Jon in the book. Virgin Books is the book publishing arm of Virgin Enterprises, the company originally set up by Richard Branson as a record company. ... David J. Howe is a British novelist, writer, journalist, publisher, and media historian. ...


References

  1. ^ Millennium effect
  2. ^ Worzel Gummidge

External links

  • Interview with Jon Pertwee conducted in March 1996
  • Jon Pertwee at the Internet Movie Database
  • Jon Pertwee at Find A Grave
  • Jon Pertwee Dot Com
  • Action Who - Jon Pertwee article at Kasterborous.com
  • Jon Pertwee's biography at Carryonline.com
  • Jon Pertwee's career including The Navy Lark at http://www.kastria.net
Preceded by
Patrick Troughton
The Doctor
(Third Doctor)

1970–1974
Succeeded by
Tom Baker
 v  d  e The Doctors
First Doctor (William Hartnell) Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)
Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
Other Doctors
Dr. Who (Peter Cushing) The Watcher (Adrian Gibbs)
The Valeyard (Michael Jayston) Shalka Doctor (Richard E. Grant)
Persondata
NAME Pertwee, Jon
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Pertwee, John Devon Roland
SHORT DESCRIPTION Character Actor
DATE OF BIRTH 7 July 1919
PLACE OF BIRTH Chelsea, London, England, UK
DATE OF DEATH 20 May 1996
PLACE OF DEATH Connecticut, USA

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Jon Pertwee is a British comedy character actor credited with an extensive list of stage, screen, radio, and cabaret appearances.
Pertwee was thus able to draw on his considerable ability to perform his own stunts resulting from his love of skin-diving and water-skiing, along with his habit of driving fast vehicles, to give a harder edge to his interpretation.
Pertwee's adoption of his grandfather's evening suits as the foundation of the Doctor's garb allowed him to switch among different colored velvet smoking jackets to mark each passing season of episodes.
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