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Doc Martin

Earlier this year, the late Trevor Martin gave what turned out to be his final interview regarding his starring role in the 1970s Doctor Who stage play, Seven Keys to Doomsday.
Stage Doctor Trevor Martin (before he dyed his hair for the role) publicises Seven Keys to Doomsday outside the Adelphi Theatre, late in 1974.

Just over six months ago, on the morning of Friday 31 March, my student film crew and I assembled at the Questors Theatre in Ealing, West London, to interview the actor Trevor Martin for a documentary I was making: Remembering Seven Keys to Doomsday.

The Doctor Who stage plays have always fascinated me. Not unlike the 1960s episodes missing from the BBC archive, they’re lost to us; we can no longer see them as they were originally performed.

In the case of Doctor Who and the Daleks in Seven Keys to Doomsday, to give the full title of the play which ran in London’s West End for four short weeks between December 1974 and January 1975, neither film clips nor an original soundtrack is known to survive, and photographic material is very limited – making it more lost, arguably, than many of those missing episodes.

Trevor Martin’s acting career, in radio, television, theatre and film, stretched back to the 1950s – but on that morning last March, he still remembered how it felt to be cast as the Doctor in Seven Keys. “Well, I was very pleased”, he told me. “As an actor you try and expand what you can do… Some people are stuck in typecasting, but I didn’t like to be typecast if I could avoid it. And this was very different from Shakespeare, and I thought that was a good idea. I loved the idea of playing Doctor Who.”

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Doctor Who Magazine 519 has an exclusive interview David Bradley, who will play the First Doctor in this year's Christmas Special, 'Twice Upon a Time'. The contents of DWM 519 also include: • An interview with Sir Derek Jacobi who is returning as the Master for a new series of audio adventures • Interviews with Jared Garfield and Lily Travers who will play the First Doctor's companions Ben and Polly in the 2017 Christmas Special • A previously unpublished interview from 1997 with Michael Craze who played the original Ben • Costume designer Hayley Nebauer tells us how she created the First Doctor's 2017 look • A tribute to Trevor Martin who played the Doctor in the 1974 Doctor Who stage play 'Seven Keys to Doomsday' • Trevor Martin's final interview • Peter Purves and Matthew Waterhouse talk about recreating stories from the Doctor Who annuals • We celebrate Doctor Who's 54th birthday by looking at what else has happen on 23rd November over the years • Part One of a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, 'he Phantom Piper', by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty • The Time Team share their thoughts on 2011's 'The Almost People' • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2007 story 'The Lazarus Experiment' • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, 'The Blogs of Doom', prize-winning competitions and much, much more!