The third Doctor made his debut in the January 1970 story Spearhead
from Space. This was the first story to be shot in
color. The third Doctor had the arrogance of Hartnell,
experience equal to, or greater than Troughton, and an
infusion of Jon Pertwee's own personality.
The third Doctor spent all of season seven trapped in Earth's
present, where he was assisted, and sometimes hindered by
UNIT, the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, lead by
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. In the next two seasons, he
occasionally left 20th-century Earth, but without control
of the TARDIS, which
was being operated remotely by a faction group of Timelords
called the Celestial Intervention Agency. After the tenth
anniversary story, The Three Doctors (1972-1973),
his freedom was restored and he traveled again in time and
space, returning frequently to twentieth-century Earth to
help the Brigadier.
The Master, a renegade
Timelord first played by Roger Delgado, was introduced in
the Pertwee era, and became one of the most popular villains,
appearing in different regenerations in stories up to and
including Survival, the last televised story of the
original series, and the 1996 Fox TV movie.
While, unlike his predecessors, none of the third Doctor's
twenty-three stories were completely destroyed by the BBC,
a few exist only in black & white form.
Jon Pertwee reprised
his role as the third Doctor in the twentieth anniversary
episode, The Five Doctors.
Jon Pertwee sadly passed away
on May 20, 1996, just days after the broadcast of the Doctor Who TV movie starring Paul
millions of fans miss him greatly; he had no peer.
Look below for more photos and sound clips of Jon Pertwee
as the third Doctor: