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July 11th, 2013 12 comments

Who’s There? The Life & Career of William Hartnell

william-hartnellWho’s There? The Life & Career of William Hartnell

William Hartnell took the leading role in Doctor Who towards the end of a long acting career that was a successful as it was varied.

He played musical light comedy; he played a succession of mean crooks and bullying sergeant-majors; he played a time-travelling eccentric.

He appeared in more than 75 feature films, in countless stage performances and in several television programmes in addition to Doctor Who.

Jessica Carney’s closely researched biography of her grandfather includes stories from many of the hundreds of stars of stage and screen with whom he worked, among them Richard Attenborough, Verity Lambert, Bob Monkhouse, Carole Ann Ford, David Langton and Lindsay Anderson. Updated and available for the first time in over fifteen years, Jessica Carney’s biography is published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the character that made him immortal – Doctor Who!

The hardback edition of ‘Who’s There’ will be released in September 2013

Categorised under: Autobiographies and biographies, Books


  • Ross Campbell

    January 2nd, 2014 - 11:08pm

    I recently bought a copy of Brighton Rock and Hartnell played Richard Attenborough’s sidekick, and I must say that Hartnell was absolutely sensational in the role and the film is easily in my top 5 favourite films of all time. So I would highly recommend for those whovians who have Hartnell as your favourite Doctor, to try and see Brighton Rock.

  • Johnny

    July 15th, 2013 - 9:14am

    I have a first edition of the original version – quite interesting stuff over and above his work on “Doctor Who”.

  • Andy

    July 11th, 2013 - 11:32pm

    A reprint in time for the anniversary… nice. Better cover then the first edition.

  • Ross Campbell

    July 11th, 2013 - 9:43pm

    Billy was fantastic in very role he was in don’t you agree?


    July 11th, 2013 - 7:56pm

    Saw him recently on TV in the very first ‘Carry On’ film, 1958’s ‘Carry On Sergeant’ as Sergeant Grimshaw.

  • joshua 50th anniversay

    July 11th, 2013 - 7:12pm

    I miss willam hartnell

  • Andrew

    July 11th, 2013 - 6:11pm

    That is genius, how its written by his granddaughter. Brilliant.

  • explosive cookie

    July 11th, 2013 - 4:52pm

    I love how they names it Who’s there? and released it in the anniversary year! I think they should release it on the 23rd of November so it marks 50 years since we first saw him in the most important role of his life.

  • Trenzalore

    July 11th, 2013 - 3:52pm

    It looks good, it will be good to hear about him from a point of view of his relative, I think it’s better to have a relative rather than somebody who has studied him or watched him cos you find out more

    • Matt Smithy

      July 11th, 2013 - 4:36pm

      yea, I have the Patrick Troughton biography by his son, and it’s VERY good!

  • matparks08

    July 11th, 2013 - 1:50pm

    You can never underestimate the contribution Hartnell made to making the series the success it has been for the last 50 years. A true legend

    • cool guy doctor

      July 11th, 2013 - 6:36pm


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