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I see RTD and all I think is Robert Towny Dunior
He played the Doctor in 2 Doctor Who Unbound (what-if stories) for Big FinishI recently watched the 1979 serial 'Creature from the Pit'. An actor in it Geoffrey Bayldon sounds identical to the first Doctor and apparently has played him in some audio stories and was considered for the part originally. Unfortunately he died a few years back.
The sad truth is that the BBC junked the episodes in the first place and has the money to animate all of them. It really should bite the bullet and animate them all for the fans.
To be honest though, they will continue to receive billions. I doubt the animations made in the past couple of years has cost the Doctor Who DVD range billions to do. And if the BBC are truly hard up (which I don't believe for a second since everyone is still paying the Licence fee), I'm sure slashing Gary Linekers salary alone would probably afford a fair few stories to be animated. They could have saved £100 million alone on "Diversity Training", there's a few episodes right there if they stopped with training programmes that don't really do much. The money is there. The BBC refuses to use Licence Fee payers money to make them.Sadly the government has slashed the BBC's budget by about 50% over the last decade (and are keen to cut it more, or ideally do away with it all together), so it's not guaranteed the beeb can afford to make new episodes, never mind animating old ones. Fingers crossed though.
Just watched the new 6-episode version of Shada. The animation for that is really good, whoever did that would be my preference for future stuff.
Reign of Terror I would call a total waste of money. I haven't seen all the animations but I was extremely put off by that one, can't believe it was approved/released.The animations were by large a lottery, there are shows of strength, but most of them aren't fit for purpose at all. Some of them wouldn't look out of place on Newgrounds.com
Thanks for the heads-up. Looks like the replacement is an actor named Stephen Noonan, who looks like he's been busy for a number of years according to IMDB but nothing I've heard of myself.Confirmed in this month's edition of Big Finish Magazine Vortex, David Bradley has been replaced as the voice actor of the First Doctor for future audios