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Tiny Joe Steps Up to Challenge Dr. Who (1968)

1968-09-30 Daily Express.jpg

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JOE 90 stands only knee-high to a schoolboy—but £100,000 has been invested in his future as ITV's secret Weapon against the B.B.C.'s "Dr. Who."

Joe is an 18-inch tall puppet, the latest invention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, creators of Captain Scarlet, Lady Penelope, Stingray, and ITV's other children's hour stars-on Sunday afternoons.

But Joe is special. He has been promoted to the hot spot on Saturday evenings on London Weekend TV next month as a direct challenge to "Dr. Who."

Cheeky

His voice will come from 16-year-old Len Jones hidden behind the cameras. Len, a blinder's son from Chiswick, was 'picked because the producers were looking for someone cheeky and chirpy.'

His Cockney voice will become one of the best known on TV.

Len, five-foot tall, towers over, tiny Joey, but he says : "Joe will slaughter that sloppy Dr. Who. He may only be a puppet, but he is more realistic."

Joe is a nine-year-old schoolboy with magic spectacles. When he puts them on he can turn into a Super Man, the world's greatest astronaut, champion swimmer, or brilliant surgeon. His school satchel has a secret compartment for a radio transmitter, automatic pistol, World Intelligence Network badge, and ... the spectacles.


Caption: The voice behind puppet Joe 90: 16-year-old Len Jones

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  • APA 6th ed.: Jackson, Martin (1968-09-30). Tiny Joe Steps Up to Challenge Dr. Who. Daily Express p. 13.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Jackson, Martin. "Tiny Joe Steps Up to Challenge Dr. Who." Daily Express [add city] 1968-09-30, 13. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Jackson, Martin. "Tiny Joe Steps Up to Challenge Dr. Who." Daily Express, edition, sec., 1968-09-30
  • Turabian: Jackson, Martin. "Tiny Joe Steps Up to Challenge Dr. Who." Daily Express, 1968-09-30, section, 13 edition.
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