Shock-waves have travelled around fandom with the recent revelation that a television interview with Hartnell has been found. The discovery was made in 2009 by Doctor Who researcher Richard Bignell. In an article posted on The Guardian's website, Bignell explained:
While I was over at the [BBC] Written Archives [Centre], doing some stuff for the DVDs, I thought it would be worth going through the programme logs for regional news programmes. So, I had a look through for the four weeks [that Hartnell toured with Puss in Boots] and there were two interviews. There was one for Look East, for the first week of the pantomime at Ipswich and one for Points West from the last week when he was at Taunton. I got in contact with the Look East archive and found that their stuff didn't exist any more. So, that one's definitely gone. But, I dropped the Bristol library an email, and about 20 minutes later, they got back to me with an email: 'Yes, we've still got it. I've got the can of film sitting on my desk here.'
His reputation for being a grumpy old so-and-so really does come over in this particular interview. The interviewer says to him at one point, something along the lines of: 'Is pantomime something you'd like to continue doing in the future?' And he sort of goes: 'Ooh, no, no, no, no, no.' So, he says: 'Oh, why not?' And he says: 'Well, I'm a legitimate actor. Pantomime is for the sort of person who is used to variety and going on the front of the stage, but I'm a legitimate actor. I do legitimate things.' He very much comes over with that sort of gruff manner. In fact, towards the end of the interview, the actual interviewer says to him: 'You're actually quite a grumpy man. Why do you think that people like the Doctor so much?'The interview, which runs to approximately 3 minutes 16 seconds according to the British Board of Film Classification, will appear as a special feature on November's DVD release of Hartnell's final story, The Tenth Planet.
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