Happy birthday, Jon Pertwee! (July 7, 1919)
My Ten Favourite Third Doctor Stories:
ACTUAL. BRITISH. SPY.
That’s right, mofos, Jon Pertwee was an actual British spy.
That worked with gadgets, mostly.
He was literally James Bond.
Absolutely correct. Jon Pertwee actually worked with Ian Fleming during WWII; recently it came to light that his love of gadgets during missions was the inspiration for Q.
“I did all sorts. Teaching commandos how to use escapology equipment, compasses in brass buttons, secret maps in white cotton handkerchiefs, pipes you could smoke that also fired a .22 bullet. All sorts of incredible things. It suited me.”
Pertwee also reported directly to Winston Churchill…so it’s an amusing case of fiction imitating real-life with The Doctor being close friends with Churchill in Modern Who…and this was even before this information about Pertwee’s role during WWII was revealed. (Pertwee never spoke publicly of his activities for fear of breaching the Official Secrets Act.)
The Third Doctor in Planet of the Spiders
The many faces of the Doctor
After all, we never did see Pat turn into Jon.
“I’m quite spry for my age” - Third Doctor
Part of really wants the 12th Doctor to be a bit like Pertwee’s Doctor - a debonair man of action.
“…unpeople, undoing unthings untogether”
jon pertwee in all his splendour
- Jon Pertwee fighing off a pterodactyl with a mop
Doctors and their faces in the credits
That awkward moment when the Doctor admits to being friendly with Chairman Mao.