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Who Was First? (1985)

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It was a night of zany fun when Channel 10 aired its Doctor Who Look-Alike Contest on Saturday, March 16. The contest, held in cooperation with 93QFM, was part of Channel 10's Festival '85 pledge drive.

The task of selecting the five finalists who would appear on the air fell to a panel of Channel 10 judges. After a considerable amount of hairpulling, the selection was made and the look-alike finalists were: Michael Sauer of Hubertus, Rob Warnock of Libertyville, Ill., Steve Paynter of Hubertus, Daniel Hurda of Mequon and Curt Podd of Franklin.

Terry Gibson, 93QFM's afternoon drive personality, hosted the finals during a break in the airing of a Doctor Who special, The Five Doctors. Each contestant was introduced by Gibson and asked several questions about his Doctor Who costume and his favorite characters on the series. The rest was left up to the viewing audience. In the given ten minutes, approximately 1000 viewers cast their votes for their favorite look-alike, keeping the volunteer telephone operators quite busy.

It was a close contest, but the first place winner was Curt Podd of Franklin. As the lucky look-alike, Podd received an Atari 1200 home computer with 64K memory, compliments of 93QFM. He also received a handsome certificate stating his extraordinary resemblance to Doctor Who as portrayed by actor Peter Davison.

Second place winner Daniel Hurda received a Doctor Who scarf, sweater and deerstalker hat, compliments of Wales Wool Shop in Milwaukee. Third place winner Michael Sauer received a set of Doctor Who comics and a Doctor Who book, compliments of The Turning Page in Milwaukee and a Peter Davison doll handcrafted by Roxanne Abston of Milwaukee. Fourth and fifth place winners Steve Paynter and Rob Warnock, respectively, were also the recipients of a set of Doctor Who comics and a Doctor Who book.

Caption: Who is this young man? Doctor Who, you say? Wrong. He's Curt Podd of Franklin, Wisconsin, first place winner of the Channel 10 Doctor Who Look-Alike contest.

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