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First Impressions

Lost for over 40 years and now rediscovered – here are edited highlights from an audience with the great Jon Pertwee, holding court at the very first Doctor Who convention. Set your co-ordinates for a church hall in Battersea on 6 August 1977…

Jon Pertwee

Jon Pertwee as the Doctor in Death to the Daleks (1974).
Jon meets fans at Broomwood Church Hall in Battersea on 6 August 1977. Photo © Leonora C Rich.
Elisabeth Sladen and Jon on location at Peckforton Castle in May 1973, during filming for The Time Warrior (1973-74).

From the late 1970s until his death in 1996, Jon Pertwee made countless appearances at Doctor Who events, meeting many thousands of fans all over the world. Plenty of recordings of Jon’s fan-panel discussions survive, but one has remained elusive… until now: the very first dedicated Doctor Who convention, held in south-west London in 1977 and organised by the show’s fledging Appreciation Society.

Recently rediscovered, the tape is of poor quality and occasionally indistinct, but it captures a milestone: the first in-depth interview Jon gave about Doctor Who after relinquishing the title role.

Dressed in one of his original costumes – from 1974’s Death to the Daleks, since you ask – the Third Doctor fielded questions from fans alongside moderator Jeremy Bentham, who was soon to become one of Doctor Who Weekly’s founding contributors. The 90-minute conversation revealed Pertwee in his element – candid, opinionated and entertaining, touching on many aspects of his time as the Doctor.

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CELEBRATES JON PERTWEE’S CENTENARY WITH 30 PAGES DEVOTED TO THE THIRD DOCTOR! This issue includes: • The World Cup of the Third Doctor. How did your favourite story fare in our epic Twitter tournament? • Lost for more than 40 years – a candid interview with Jon Pertwee from the very first Doctor Who convention in 1977. • An exclusive interview with Jon’s son, actor Sean Pertwee. • A previously unpublished interview with Barry Letts, who produced most of the Third Doctor’s stories and co-wrote classics like The Dæmons and The Green Death. • An exclusive update on the production of Series 12 from showrunner Chris Chibnall. • Katy Manning, who played the Third Doctor’s companion Jo Grant, visits the Time Team. • The second part of an interview with costume designer Howard Burden, who created outfits for the Twelfth Doctor, Clara and Missy. • The Fact of Fiction explores the Twelfth Doctor story Time Heist. • DWM’s review of the Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 10 Blu-ray box set. • The Legacy of Time – DWM talks exclusively to the cast and crew behind one of the most ambitious Doctor Who adventures ever, which features no fewer than six Doctors. • Part One of Power of the Mobox, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!