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Happy Birthday, Waris Hussein


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Louis Trapani - Posted on 09 December 2011

Waris Hussein, the first director of Doctor Who (he had directed An Unearthly Child back in 1963) turned 73 today. Though you would never guess it if you spent some time with him as he comes across as someone much younger. We had the honour and privilege of spending a little time with him in Los Angeles last February when we introduced him as our special surprise guest in our Doctor Who: Podshock live show on stage at Gallifrey One. He is charming and intelligent.

A couple weeks ago for the 48th anniversary of Doctor Who I once again watched An Unearthly Child (Part One) as I do traditionally on the anniversary. Despite its age, it never gets old.

Happy Birthday, Waris!

I took another photo similar to this one with my iPhone and tweaked it to emulate a vintage television show effect. You can see it here: Happy Birthday Waris Hussein, the very first director of Doctor Who.

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From the Gallifrey One website:

We are also delighted to announce that WARIS HUSSEIN will be with us again in 2012. Waris, who directed the very first Doctor Who story, "An Unearthly Child," back in 1963, was a surprise guest at the Podshock podcaster panel in 2011, and returns as a full guest this year to join us as we look back at the early years of the show with guests William Russell and Maureen O'Brien.

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