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The Late Great Johnny Ace

It's twenty years yesterday since Jon Pertwee died.

I can remember exactly where I was when I heard the news: in a bicycle shop in Oxford, with the radio playing. The newsreader described him as 'the quintessential Doctor Who', and while he may not have been everyone's, he is certainly mine.

I first discovered him on the covers and in the pages of the Target novels, and he was my favourite Doctor years before I got to see him on the small screen. This was probably the start of a lifelong weakness for prematurely grey hair, aquiline noses, and that particular combination of gentleness, humour and ass-kicking ability found also in e.g. Timothy Dalton's James Bond and Scott Bakula's Sam Beckett.

He's given me so much pleasure over the years - and that's without adding in his turns as Petty Officer Pertwee in The Navy Lark, and as Spotty in Superted. Here’s a nice article celebrating his career.

I present to you one of my most treasured possessions, signed on a Doctor Who Day at Longleat in the mid-90s. I was so overwhelmed at being in the presence of my hero that I could barely say my own name. Jon was as charming, and as handsome, as I had always imagined him.



He was lovely.

I'm getting 'page not found' from your link.

Isn't there a photo of you with JP at Longleat?
Fixed - thank you! (There is a photo somewhere, but I can't find it and I bet I look like a total dork.)
Indeed, he'll always be "my" Doctor. So civilised, yet entirely capable of whatever it took to keep everyone safe - seemingly much the same as in RL.

And let's not forget ole Worzel. *grin* He was so perfect for the role. (Though the show did, IIRC, also introduce me to Bonnie Langford, who went on to reprise much the same role in Doctor Who =:)
I never really watched Worzel Gummidge - I'm not sure whether I was slightly too young when it was shown, or if I just didn't care for it (I read a couple of the books and they gave me the creeps, so it's possible the show did too).

This doesn't stop me referring to my various heads, mind. Usually my writing head.
I was very fond of him, despite various nasty things that have been said about him over the years. *sigh*

I never got to meet him. He and I were at the same convention once, maybe around '83, but on different days, arrggh.

When I think about it, I realize that his death was one reason I left DW fandom in '96 and was gone until 2008 -- that and the TV Movie and various Internet flamewars all coming together at the wrong time. (Modern DW wasn't what brought me back. It was a regenerated appreciation of the Classic series. But I really love the Twelfth Doctor now, thanks to Peter Capaldi. Always out of step, that's me...)

Edited at 2016-05-21 07:02 pm (UTC)
Also fond of Capaldi, here!

Pertwee seems to go in and out of fashion more than the other Doctors, except maybe Colin Baker. Luckily the current opinion seems to be that he was pretty great.
Put me in the Capaldi camp too, he is very much an amalgamation of the first three Doctors.
I think he's more the First, Third, and Fourth; I don't see a lot of Second in him, but he's actually "channeled" Tom Baker, which is amusing. (He'll grin like him sometimes, and in "Mummy on the Orient Express," was trying to solve a problem by talking to himself... and himself, which sounded like the Fourth Doctor.)
I think the talking to himself is more early second Doctor. In the Moonbase he argues with himself to solve the problem
I remember the days when Paul Cornell was proclaiming that no one could love both the Third and Seventh Doctors, because #3 was totally Establishment and #7 was such an anarchist. That certainly taught me my place, as I loved them both, and have a somewhat different reading of #3 than that. I don't know whether to be pleased or horrified that Cornell's doing the writing for the upcoming Third Doctor Titan Comic miniseries (5 issues)...
He's a good writer, but I don't know how he'll do, either! And how ridiculous to think the third Doctor isn't a maverick!
I had the good fortune of meeting Jon Pertwee when I was about 10 at Morrisons in Shrewsbury for a signing. I th8nk he was prompting Winalot or something similar, but he arrived in full costume just at the same time we arrived. While he was approaching a small boy of about six started talking to him and he told the promoters they were to wait until he had finished talking to the boy. I got him to sign the cover of my Spearhead from Space VHS (the compilation version) and somewhere have a photo of me and him. I quite enjoyed his characters in the Navy Lark too and cannot help but wonder if his Lord Haw-Haw voiced Fu Manchu villian was named the Master as an in joke.
I have have also met the late Nick Courtney and Anthony Ainley, both of whom were very charming.
Nick Courtney was at the same Longleat event. I was also very excited about meeting him!

Nothing about your anecdote surprises me, from the kindness to small boys to the promotion of dog food :) What a gent.
Guessing Pertwee is your favourite Doctor.
Absolutely, though I love McCoy too.
I'd forgotten he was Spotty as well! What a man!
Did you know the skeleton was voiced by Mervyn Hayes who was "Gloria" in Ain't Half Hot Mum, the child who was brutally machine gunned down with his family in Quatermass 2 and was married to Wendy Padbury
No, but that sounds like a thing worth knowing!
I did not know that!

Pertwee was certainly a man of many voices - or one or two really funny ones, at least.
He was my first doctor and got me into doctor who he was awesomesauce
He was that! And I'm sure he'd have loved to be called it!
Time flies :(

Worzel. OwerKwerdip.
It was Worzel's "secret" code. Each letter is followed with 'wer' and the sentence finishes with 'dip'. Owerkwerdip is OK :)
Ha, that's excellent!