Tuesday, 10 July 2012

TARDIS Tuesday: When A Vet Became A Doctor

Vet Peter Joins The Doctors' Who's Who - The Sun, 21 March 1981
There was quite a lot of interest in Doctor Who when Tom Baker quit the role in 1981 to make way for a new younger Doctor in the shape of Peter Davison.

For the first time an actor with a well-known TV face was joining the series. Davison having already been well-established as Tristan Farnon in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small.

The above article Vet Peter Joins The Doctors' Who's Who was typical of many headlines in this period and indeed Peter remained been referred to as a vet by the papers until he officially became The Doctor.

This cutting from The Sun dated 21 March 1981, promoted part four of Logopolis, Tom Baker's final episode and the last episode to be broadcast on BBC1 until January 1982, a long wait indeed to see Peter Davison's proper debut!

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