Timeless collection shows humble start of TV's top Doctor
IT is about to celebrate its own stellar anniversary.
But it seems those involved in the first series of Dr Who couldn't have foreseen just how successful the show would be.
Autograph collector and stage and screen aficionado Geoff Hemming has gathered more than 400 signatures and letters from the stars from the 1960s and 70s.
And pride of place in his collection is a letter from the very first Time Lord, William Hartnell, who wished the then teenager from Briton Ferry well and assured him the show would be continue for "several months to come".
Mr Hemming said: "The letter and picture are 47 years old now.
"I wrote to them when I was 16 to tell them how much I enjoyed the show.
"Anyway he wrote back saying they hoped it would run for a couple more months and now obviously they are about to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary.
"He was my favourite doctor as he was the original and I haven't watched it in recent years. I was offered around £1,000 for it three or four years ago but I wouldn't sell it without all the other parts of the collection."
The letter, signed "Dr Who" is dated August 7, 1964.
It reads: "Dear Geoffrey, thank you for your very nice letter.
"We are continuing with the series for several months to come.
"I think you will enjoy the new series about the French Revolution — we all think it is the most exciting."
Other stars in Mr Hemming's collection include Bob Monkhouse, Betty Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, Grace Kelly and Dean Martin.
"All of them are from the 60s and 70s," he added.
"I would write to them if I had seen them in something and enjoyed it.
"My favourite one is from (Carry On star) Sid James. It says: "Good on you Geoff!"
Earlier this month The Thick of It actor Peter Capaldi was named as the 12th Doctor in the hit BBC series.