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Meant for children but this will get a much wider audience (1963)

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ALTHOUGH Dr. Who is said to have been written for the 10-14 year olds, I feel sure that if it keeps up the high standard of the first two episodes it will capture a much wider audience. It has certainly captured me.

So far it promises to be an imaginative and intelligently written story, with four first-class actors carrying the burden of continuity. Jacqueline Hill and William Russell make two young teachers of the conscientious kind who would believably be worried about the strange pupil who seems to know so much more than they do about history and science.

William Hartnell makes a more than welcome return to television in a pastiche of absent-minded professor, space age scientist and medieval wizard. The difficult role of a 15-year-old Beatle-age schoolgirl with supernatural knowledge of f the past and the future is so successfully carried by Carole Anne Ford that it is impossible to imagine anyone else in the part.

But all televised science fiction leans heavily on the resourcefulness of the technicians and the imaginativeness of designer and producer team.

Dr. Who is superlatively well served in these respects. Ron Grainer has excelled himself with the music he has composed for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The Visual Effects Department have succeeded in transporting me through time and space more satisfactorily than I can recall ever having journeyed before—and that includes the cinema with all the trick effects at its disposal.

The cave men and women in the second episode were a little disappointing. This was partly because their well-chiselled 1963 features and strong white teeth were at odds with the stunted apemen of my imagination; but, even so, I felt that for once the make-up artists were not in top form.

CAST

Dr. Who ... William Hartnell

Ian Chesterton ... William Russell

Barbara Wright ... Jacqueline Hill

Susan Foreman ... Carole Ann Ford

Za ... Derek Newark

Hur ... Alethea Charlton

Old mother ... Eileen Way

Kal ... Jeremy Young

Horg ... Howard Lang

Written by Anthony Coburn, produced by Verity Lambert, and directed by Waris Hussein.

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  • APA 6th ed.: Norris, Marjorie (1963-12-05). Meant for children but this will get a much wider audience. The Stage and Television Today .
  • MLA 7th ed.: Norris, Marjorie. "Meant for children but this will get a much wider audience." The Stage and Television Today [add city] 1963-12-05. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Norris, Marjorie. "Meant for children but this will get a much wider audience." The Stage and Television Today, edition, sec., 1963-12-05
  • Turabian: Norris, Marjorie. "Meant for children but this will get a much wider audience." The Stage and Television Today, 1963-12-05, section, edition.
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