Saturday, 13 May 2017
GEOFFREY BAYLDON IS THE DOCTOR. 'WHO' DID YOU SAY...?
GEOFFREY BAYLDON died on Wednesday, which is a shame not only for his family & friends, but also for fans of his portrayal of CATWEAZLE. Apparently, he was offered the role of DOCTOR WHO twice; the first time in 1963 when they were looking for someone to play the part that eventually went to WILLIAM HARTNELL, and the second time when Hartnell left the show in '66. Had he accepted, it's interesting to wonder whether he'd have continued as the first Doctor, or another version entirely. 'What ifs' are always fascinating, eh?
When an actor is so established in a role from the beginning, it's always difficult (if not impossible) to later imagine anyone else in the part who would be as effective in the same way, but there are two exceptions to that in my mind, the second of which I only just remembered as I type this. Let's deal with the second one first, eh? I think actor STANLEY BAKER could probably have played JAMES BOND as effectively as SEAN CONNERY. At least, I imagine he could've, and it's not often you can say that about a role so dominated by another.
Baker's widow said that he had been offered the role of Bond in 1961, but didn't want to commit to a 3-movie deal. Imagine it for yourself: it's surprisingly easy to 'see' Stan B in any of Connery's Bond films. However, I digress. The other instance is the very first one I thought of - Geoffrey Bayldon as Doctor Who. I have absolutely no difficulty in envisioning him in all the Hartnell episodes, a fact which makes me feel somewhat disloyal as I'm a huge fan of Hartnell's portrayal. Had Bayldon played The Doctor however, we'd have had the same character, but without the fluffed lines that WH was prone to (due to illness it has to be said, so not his fault).
What about the rest of you faithful Criv-ites who were around at the 'Dawn of The Doctor' ? Can you too see Geoffrey in the part of the time-travelling titan, or am I spouting my usual load of old pants? Feel free to give me a piece of your mind (but only if you can spare it) should you disagree with my 'retroactive recasting' of the role of the Guardian from Gallifrey. Go on, join in and let's have some fun around here, chums! (Before The DALEKS exterminate the lot of us.)
(H'mm, Geoffrey from Gallifrey has a nice ring to it. Maybe that's the Doctor's real name.)
Posted by Kid at Saturday, May 13, 2017