Quick DVD Review – ‘The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

After enjoying ‘The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years’ DVD, I was looking forward to seeing the next ‘Myth Makers’ compilation DVD I had for my birthday this year. I’ve now seen ‘The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years’! Or should it be ‘The Doctors: The Patrick Troughton Years’? Same thing, I suppose. Anyway, I had a good time watching this 2-disc DVD that featured interviews with the stars.

For this collection, there are six features to enjoy as well as an introduction at the beginning. There’s a Patrick Troughton tribute as well as interviews with the companions of the Second Doctor, including Anneke Wills, Michael Craze, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling and Wendy Padbury. The interviews are really insightful into the careers of the actors who played these wonderful characters.

The introduction is by Nicholas Briggs (well-known as the voice of the Daleks) and producer Keith Barnfather. I enjoy how Nick Briggs and producer Keith Barnfather reminisce over the times they made these ‘Myth Makers’ interviews and how they have friendly banter with each other. I also do like how the ‘Myth Makers’ DVD covers for each tribute/interview are shown in these introductions.

In the Patrick Troughton tribute, there’s a convention panel interview with the actor who played the Second Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’, though it’s shown in black-and-white. It was lovely to see Pat Troughton be interviewed at a convention and share his memories of being in ‘Doctor Who’. There are interviews with Anneke Wills, Michael Craze, Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling in the tribute. 🙂

There’s also an interview with Nicola Bryant who worked with Patrick Troughton in ‘The Two Doctors’. All the interviews with these people have them share what it was like to work with Patrick Troughton in ‘Doctor Who’ and share their high praise for him as an actor. I’m disappointed Wendy Padbury wasn’t featured in the tribute for Patrick Troughton as I’m sure she has high praise for him.

Next up is the interview with Anneke Wills who played Polly in ‘Doctor Who’. I’ve met Anneke Wills in real-life at conventions including ‘Project Motor Mouth 2’ in August 2013, ‘Regenerations 2013’ in September 2013, ‘Dimensions 2013’ in October 2013, ‘Pandorica 2014’ in September 2014 and ‘Pandorica 2015’ in September 2015. My meetings with Anneke at conventions have been pleasant. 🙂

I enjoyed her ‘Myth Makers’ interview where Nick Briggs interviewed her at her home in Norfolk, I believe. It was intriguing to hear her life story, which included going to India for a bit as well as ending up in Canada. 😀 I enjoyed her sharing her ‘Doctor Who’ memories of working with William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton. It’s nice that Nick and Anneke took strolls close to where she lived. 🙂

After that is an interview with Michael Craze who played Ben in ‘Doctor Who’. This was the first time I’d seen Michael be interviewed. I never got to met Michael at a convention since he sadly died in 1998 after his ‘Myth Makers’ interviews were conducted. It’s such a shame as I would’ve liked to meet Michael at a convention and he certainly was a really interesting person to see be interviewed here.

I do recall having nice chats with Anneke about Michael once at ‘Project Motor Mouth 2’. He’s certainly different in his ‘Myth Makers’ without his cockney accent showing. 😀 I enjoyed how he was interviewed by Nick Briggs both in his 1980s segment and his 1990s segment. There are also ‘Doctor Who Digest’ segments with Michael where he talked about the stories that he appeared in. 🙂

Then of course there’s an interview with Frazer Hines who played Jamie in ‘Doctor Who’. I enjoyed Frazer’s ‘Myth Makers’ interview and I have met him in real-life of course at conventions such as ‘Regenerations 2011’, ‘Stars of Time 2012’, ‘Regenerations 2013’, ‘Pandorica 2015’, ‘Regenerations 2016’, the ‘Folkestone Film, TV and Comic Con’ in May 2018 and ‘Film & Cardiff Comic Con 2019’. 🙂

Frazer’s interview was conducted at his home as well as at his place where he and his then wife kept horses. I enjoyed the memories Frazer shared of his acting career before and after ‘Doctor Who’, including working with Charlie Chaplin. I enjoyed Frazer’s ‘Doctor Who Digests’ in the ‘Myth Makers’ he did and it was great fun to see him and Nick Briggs performing an amusing cowboy sketch in the feature. 🙂

After that, it’s an interview with Deborah Watling who played Victoria in ‘Doctor Who’. I had great pleasure in meeting Debbie Watling at conventions before she sadly died in 2017. I met her at conventions like ‘Fantom Films @ Memorabilia Birmingham’, November 2011, ‘Project Motor Mouth 2’, ‘Regenerations 2013’, ‘Dimensions 2013’, ‘Time Warp’ in July 2014, ‘Pandorica 2015’ and ‘Regenerations 2016’. All have been pretty lovely encounters with Debbie Watling at conventions. 🙂

In Debbie’s ‘Myth Makers’, there are a combination of interviews where she’s at ‘Doctor Who’ conventions in the 1980s and when she was making ‘Downtime’ in the 1990s. Debbie’s father Jack Watling was also interviewed with her in her ‘Myth Makers’. 🙂 I greatly enjoyed Debbie sharing her memories of being in ‘Doctor Who’ and how she fondly remembers Pat Troughton and Frazer Hines.

The last but not least feature on this 2-disc DVD compilation is an interview with Wendy Padbury who played Zoe in ‘Doctor Who’. Now I saw this ‘Myth Makers’ before when I purchased the DVD of it for my Dad back in November 2014 for his birthday. It was good timing that I bought it for my Dad since we were going to see Wendy Padbury and other guests at the ‘Timey Wimey’ convention that month. It was a lovely time to see Wendy and other guests like Sarah Sutton and Louise Jameson. 😀

Wendy’s ‘Myth Makers’ feature was a joy to see again. Wendy was first interviewed at the New Theatre in Cardiff, 1986 where she was performing in ‘Super Ted’ with Jon Pertwee (who makes a cameo in this) and her then husband Melvyn Hayes. He was interviewed again by Nick Briggs in the 1990s. It was nice she shared her memories of playing Zoe in ‘Doctor Who’ and many other things. 🙂

I look forward to doing full-on detailed reviews of these ‘Myth Makers’ DVD compilations as they’ve been fun to watch during this lockdown time – please keep safe. I’m pleased I’ve met most of the actors at conventions and it’s nice to see how they’ve shared their lives and careers in these ‘Myth Makers’ interviews. Overall, ‘The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years’ DVD has been very good indeed.

I’m looking forward to checking out ‘The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years’ DVD next!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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