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Doctor Who: Sean Pertwee Talks His Father’s Third Doctor

Sean Pertwee is perhaps best-known for his current portrayal of Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth in the U.S. TV series Gotham, but Doctor Who fans know him as the son of legendary Third Doctor actor Jon Pertwee. In an interview with the Radio Times, Sean spoke about his dad, and his Third Doctor Halloween costume last year.

Sean said of the photo:

“I had had a couple of sherberts and I was on my way out.

I had a bit of a panic because Hallowe’en is a huge thing over here. So I’ve got a cape, and I found a wig over the road, and I borrowed some stuff from the wardrobe department, one of these shirts, and I stuck it on and couldn’t believe it. Bang!

Apparently I ‘won’ Hallowe’en.”

But would Sean ever consider donning his father’s costume for a real appearance as the Third Doctor in Doctor Who? Their resemblance is uncanny. Pertwee said:

“It would be an honour, but I think I would be completely terrified. They’re large boots to fill. My dad would have absolutely split his sides if I did that, I’m laughing just thinking of his reaction.

Doctor Who was a huge thing in my life, but the thing is my father was just an actor. I was surrounded by extrodinary people all my life. The people he was interested in weren’t actors, they were artists, pirates, smugglers, butchers, florists, whatever. My recollection of being brought up by my dad was in Ibiza, so I remember this idyllic bohemian lifestyle.”

Pertwee also ended his discussion of his role in Gotham by drawing a comparison to the Doctor:

“One similarity I find quite strange is our Alfred is a man of action, and my Dad was the action Doctor Who.”

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[Source: Radio Times]