Richard Charles Skryngestone wrote:Is it possible that people who claim there were no reports of either Pertwee being replaced by Baker or Baker being replaced by Davison were simply too young at the time to watch the news? I was too young(ie not born) in 1966 when Hartnell became Troughton, yet I have spoken to people who were children at the time who were genuinely surprised when The Doctor changed his form. I think on one of the 2Entertain so-called "documentaries" there's a moment when one chap says he was genuinely taken aback when Pertwee became Baker. As a child one would have been likely to watch Doctor Who, but not watch the news, were or read the papers. These days the kids have all their Mytweets and the like, but back then, it were simpler times.
Having watched Dr Who since 1963 I can say with confidence that I was always aware who the next Doctor was in advance. In 1966 Troughton was a very familiar and much liked actor. I particularly liked him as Quilp in 1963 ("Oo me liver, oo me kidneys). Even then, at the age of 10 or so, we would have been fascinated by the technology and aware of what was live, VTR, 16mm film etc. It wasn't just my household (where we we did a tape recorder and my father had recorded the sound of part of Quatermass and the Pit and I read the Quatermass scripts ata very early age) this was the sort of thing that boys of my age did talk about just as ten year old do now.
Of course I was unsure about Pertwee as he was mainly known as a comic actor, and Baker was unknown but we went to see him in the Sinbad film to see what he would be like. Peter Davison was very familiar and it was nice having a doctor not much older than me. Colin Baker appeared on TV talking about it well in advance and I even have a photo of him doing so.
Anyone who was interested would pick all these things up.
As for the papers my father would pass this sort of news on - and he also looked at The Stage. I remember taking a newspaper article into school about Gerry Anderson's new series Fireball XL5 in production and I still have a supplement from 1968 about the ITV restructuring because it has an item about the new series of The Avengers.