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Tougher Dr. Who is chosen

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The BBC has chosen Patrick Troughton to play the part of Dr. Who in its children's television serial, in place of William Hartnell.

When Dr. Who returns on Sunday week Mr. Hartnell will still be playing this same part. The switch in actors, which will be one of the surprises of the serial story, will not take place until November.

Mr. Troughton, 46, is already well known to viewers and listeners. He played the Pawnbroker in the recent "David Copperfield" serial and Quilp in "The Old Curiosity Shop." Earlier this year he appeared in "This Man Craig," "Dr. Finley's Casebook" and "Softly Softly."

Played Paul and Hitler

In 1960 he appeared as Paul of Tarsus in the television serial of that name. In the theatre has played a variety of parts since joining the Bristol Old Vic after war service in the Royal Navy. He was Hitler in the Gateway Theatre production of "Eva Braun" in 1950.

Mr. Sydney Newman, head of BBC TV Drama, said last night: "Our problem in choosing the new Dr. Who was very difficult because we have decided to make considerable changes in the personality of the character. We believe we have found exactly the man we wanted."

Although the BBC refuses to say how the character is being changed, new stories and the serial will be tougher, with greater emphasis on science fiction and fewer, the episodes. The Daleks will reappear in the early episodes.

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