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With William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, Carole Ann Ford

Producer: Verity Lambert

Director: Waris Hussein

Writer: Anthony Coburn

25 Mins., Sat., 5:15 p.m.

BBC-TV, from London

Apparently, this new sci-fi serial is intended to go on into infinity, as each adventure will consume several weekly segments and then be followed by another. The initialler seemed likely to hold an undemanding audience, but its aim is somewhat indecisive as yet. This kind of melodrama requires the utmost conviction in detail to carry the futuristic development. Anthony Coburn's script suffered from a glibness of characterizations. which didn't carry the burden of belief.

Basic idea was that Dr. Who (William Hartnell) and his daughter Susan, (Carole Ann Ford), had the use of a couple of other dimensions. They could travel around in space and time at will. Meanwhile, Susan, at school, had alarmed her teachers by displaying astonishing knowledge of science and the French Revolution. The dominies investigated her home background, and stumbled across grandad Who, who trapped them into a space craft which promptly went into orbit.

William Hartnell fatally erred in suggesting that Dr. Who was certifiable, rather than supra-gifted. The other thesps were adequate; and director Wads Hussein came up with some effective camera-work, which indicated the strangeness of it all without pinning it down. The BBC Radiophonic Workshop gave eerie support, and the production will impress if it decides to establish a firm base In realism.


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