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100 Greatest TV Moments

25) “I’m rather looking forward to it m’self!”

Jon P’twee sets the coordinates for Crinkley Bottom, 26 November 1993

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What force for good could bring the Doctor back to TV on his 30th anniversary? In this instance… It’s Noel! We could have picked a zillion moments from Doctor Who (from “Has your wife come back from her sister’s yet?” to “If I may be ‘sh-eated?”), but we’re not being altogether obtuse in selecting this one – Jon P’twee’s appearance on Noel’s House Party, to promote episode one of the E20-set mini- story for Children In Need, ‘Dimensions in Time’. Four years since Doctor Who had been axed by the BBC Time Lords, there was something nourishing about the audience’s ecstatic reaction to finding a satin-clad P’twee at the door to Crinkley Bottom. Doctor Three is never more debonair than here, stroking his chin, and reacting tartly to Edmonds, who’s doing his full on ‘wally’ shtick. There are some nice of-their-tim e lines too. “I am the Doctor,” says Jon. “Oh, I don’t watch GMTV”, says Noel. And a lovely, rasping aside into camera from the glittering lightbulb – “I heard he was thick, but I thought they were talking about his waist!” Comedy patter done, it’s then into an intro proper for the episode. “Yes I’m in it,” you know. “With all the other Doctors and a lot of my wonderful companions”. PS We voted for Big Ron.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Glenn Aylett

    July 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    The BBC had a habit of teasing Doctor Who fans in the 1992-94 period. They were re running some classic Pertwee and Baker stories on BBC2, there was the reboot for Children In Need, and rumours the show might come back. Fat chance, there was the one off with Paul Mc Gann in 1996 that wasn’t very good and then back to old videos and pay channels for the fans.

  2. richardpd

    July 19, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    This was the period when I got back into Dr Who in a big way, & have kept up my interest.

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