Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Jon Pertwee Interview Reveals How Late Actor Nearly Became Mainwaring
The actor known for his roles in Doctor Who and Worzel Gummidge was also David Croft's favourite choice for the role of Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army before Arthur Lowe was cast in 1968.
Jon who was in a Broadway production of There's A Girl In My Soup at the time, revealed how he was given a verbal dressing down by David Croft for not returning to England to film the pilot.
In the interview, originally conducted in 1994 with Matt Adams and David Southwell, Jon Pertwee (whose cousin Bill, played ARP Warden Hodges in Dad's Army) has nothing but compliments for Arthur's portrayal describing him as "the funniest thing I have ever seen" and also admits that had he become Mainwaring himself it would have been unlikely he would have gone on to play The Doctor in 1970.
You can read the interview with Jon Pertwee in issue 457 of Doctor Who Magazine dated March, 2013.