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He evades the Daleks at weekends

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MR. WILLIAM HARTNELL. known to millions of Saturday night television viewers as the strange Dr. Who in the popular B.B.C. serial of the same name, escaped from the mysterious and exciting world of Daleks and his time machine for a few precious moments on Saturday.

Sipping a glass of stout and puffing at a tipped cigarette he relaxed with his wife in the Swan Hotel on the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells after spending the morning shopping as the town.

During the afternoon he chopped wood the his 300-year-old Mayfield cottage, but at 5.15p.m. he laid down his axe and became Dr. Who again for 25 minutes in a space fiction world shared by millions of children and adults.

Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. until late at night, he is Dr. Who, irritable one moment and laughing the next.

Saturday to Saturday he tries hard to be Mr. William Hartnell, of Mayfield, Sussex, a famous actor on the stage, in films and television. But it's an impossible fight because from now on he will always be known to millions of children as their favourite Dr. Who.

The weekend before last, for instance, while sitting in the bar at the Swan Hotel, two small boys sat and watched him while trying to pluck up enough courage to speak. Suddenly one said: "You are Dr. Who aren't you? What happens In the next episode?"

And then there was the time when only minutes after a particularly exciting episode which left Dr. Who in a tricky predicament, his grand-daughter was on the telephone from Pembury with an anxious inquiry after grandpa.

"Are you going to be all right? she pleaded.

"I told her I was going to be rescued and she was very relieved. 1 didn't tell her anything else," said Mr. Hartnell.

Every day scores of letters pour into the B.B.C. addressed to Dr. Who. "Can I have a Dalek when you have finished?" was the urgent wish of one boy. "I have saved up 10s.," he added.

But children are not alone. Parents also write to Dr. Who: "Can you have it on later as always miss the beginning because I'm at work?"

It is planned to screen the aerial for 52 weeks.

MR. HARTNELL is pictured above with his wife, shopping on the Pantiles.

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