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 don't know where we're going but my old hand's very excited about it!"
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 223 EXTRA Edition
Running Time: 0:38:33
In this Extra Edition of Doctor Who: Podshock we interview a director who has worked on Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood: Alice Troughton. Plus Doctor Who news, and some special show announcements in this Doctor Who: Podshock Extra Edition.
"Our lives are different to anybody else's. That's the exciting thing, that nobody in the universe can do what we're doing."
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 221
Running Time: 1:25:46
We interview Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield) and director Graeme Harper, plus 2011 will bring 2 series of Doctor Who instead of 1 but no Daleks, Sylvester McCoy in The Hobbit, Live coverage from Doctor Who: Podshock's 5th anniversary celebration with Lewis Bailey (The Happiness Patrol Podcast) and Terry Lighfoot (The DirtyWhoers podcast), Gallifrey update and convention reports, Tom Baker returns again as the 4th Doctor, and more.
"I eat the celery. If nothing else, I'm sure it's good for my teeth."
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 220 EXTRA Edition
Running Time: 0:46:10
In this Extra Edition of Doctor Who: Podshock we feature another interview with a legendary Doctor Who director, Graeme Harper, plus news and more!
"We're always in trouble! Isn't this extraordinary… it follows us everywhere!"
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 218
Running Time: 1:29:01
We interview the legendary first ever director of Doctor Who, Waris Hussein. West Coast Correspondents Joshua Lou Friedmen and Amy Krell join us for this historic interview in which we discuss An Unearthly Child and Marco Polo as well as how Doctor Who of old compares to new. Plus Matt Smith puts on southern American accents in Doctor Who: The Runaway Train, and more!