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Desert Island Hartnell

Another treat from the archives has been found. William Hartnell’s interview on Desert Island Discs, a famous BBC radio programme where celebrities were interviewed and indicated what records and other luxury items they would choose to have with them if they were stuck on a desert island, has been partially found. You can listen to 16 minutes of the interview here. The interview starts with music chosen by Hartnell and then the interview proceeds from there, with Doctor Who beginning to be discussed towards the end of the extract. It was recorded in 1965, at a time when Hartnell was playing the Doctor on television.

Hartnell’s appearance on Desert Island Discs has been known about for a long time, but no trace of it was found until now. There has been no word on the circumstances of its recovery. This is the second interview with Hartnell from the mid 1960’s to be found and released in the last few years - a filmed interview with Hartnell from 1966 (just after he finished playing the Doctor) was discovered by research Richard Bignell and included as an extra on The Tenth Planet DVD which came out late in 2013.


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