Sunderland 1924! On this day 96 years ago William Russell was born. Happy birthday sir, so lovely that you are still with us.
Happy birthday to William Russell, who forever remains a childhood hero. To the man who brought us Ian Chesterton and Sir Lancelot of the Lake.
Indeed. Whilst we still also have Carole Ann Ford & Waris Hussein with us from the programmes genesis, it is underappreciated how much William Russell was more of a co-star to William Hartnell in those first two seasons (and in 77 episodes). As a leading man in his own right, he was very much the 'action man' and the 'hero' to the mysterious and often (in those first few serials) anti-hero of the much older, titular Doctor 'Who?' character, who was as likely to be the cause of their misadventures.
Remarkable that he is still with us and active as Ian Chesterton into the present day.
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