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The Man Who Trevor Was

In 1974, a newly regenerated Doctor battled Daleks, Clawrantulars and giant land crabs in theatre production Seven Keys to Doomsday. We pay tribute to Trevor Martin, the first man to portray the Doctor on stage.
Publicity photos of Trevor taken in the 1950s.

Early in June 1974, television viewers saw Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor regenerate into Tom Baker’s Fourth in the closing moments of Planet of the Spiders Part Six.

But in December, audiences at the Adelphi Theatre in London witnessed a completely different regeneration – one in which Pertwee’s Doctor became an avuncular, white-haired figure wearing a dark frock coat, loud checked trousers and an elaborate Victorian cravat.

For four weeks only, this new Doctor appeared live on stage in Doctor Who and the Daleks in Seven Keys to Doomsday, thwarting the Daleks’ evil Doomsday Plan to conquer the galaxy with the Ultimate Weapon of the Masters of Karn. In each of the play’s 44 performances between 16 December 1974 and 11 January 1975, the Doctor was portrayed by Trevor Martin, a 45-year-old Shakespearean actor who already had one Doctor Who credit to his name, having previously appeared as the Second Time Lord at the Doctor’s trial in the final episode of The War Games (1969). He was later heard in the BBC Radio 5 serial The Paradise of Death (1993) and the Big Finish audio drama Flip-Flop (2003), making him one of only a handful of actors to have appeared in Doctor Who on television, stage, radio and audio.

Born in Enfield, North London, on Sunday 17 November 1929, Trevor Gordon Martin was the son of a General Post Office clerk who had been wounded at Gallipoli during the First World War.

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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and Lily Travers who will play the First Doctor's companions Ben and Polly in the 2017 Christmas Special • A previously unpublished interview from 1997 with Michael Craze who played the original Ben • Costume designer Hayley Nebauer tells us how she created the First Doctor's 2017 look • A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!