Patrick Troughton – the second Doctor Who – would have turned 100 on the 25th March. And to mark the occasion, classic Who fans are gathering on Twitter to rewatch the 1967 story The Enemy of the World, with a live tweetalong from missing episode hunter Philip Morris (@archives1963.) You can tune in from 6pm UK time on Saturday the 7th April.
Many regard Troughton as being pivotal to Doctor Who’s ongoing success. When he took over from William Hartnell in 1963, nobody knew if the programme would survive the radical transformation. Could a popular show like Doctor Who really continue without its leading actor? And the man who originated the part, no less?
Of course, Troughton proved to be immensely popular with viewers; in his first season, the viewing figures rose from an average of 4m to a peak of 8.9m, with the Doctor and his friends producing up to 44 episodes a year – a schedule which the cast and crew (understandably) found punishing.
However, when Troughton left Doctor Who in 1969, that was by no means the end of his career. Already an established character actor, Troughton went on to appear in a number of films including Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. He’d later return to Doctor Who three times: in The Three Doctors (1973), The Five Doctors (1983) and The Two Doctors (1985.)
Patrick Troughton sadly passed away in 1987 at the age of 67 whilst attending a convention in Georgia, USA. He is survived by two daughters, four sons, one stepdaughter and one stepson. Eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted his son David in a number of Doctor Who adventures (including 1972’s The Curse of Peladon and 2008’s Midnight) whilst his son Michael appeared in 2014’s Last Christmas.