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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:12 pm

Finding reference for Deborah Watling that's not from Doctor Who is extremely difficult. I would recommend sticking to your DVDs of Tomb of the Cybermen, and looking at her existing scene in Evil of the Daleks, and the telesnaps from the end of Fury From the Deep. The Ice Warriors also has its moments.

Deborah's pre-Doctor Who roles are pretty obscure, and IMDB has no entry for her after leaving Doctor Who until 4 years later.

"Doctor in Charge" .... Emma Livingstone (2 episodes, 1972)

    - The Taming of the Wolf (1972) TV episode .... Emma Livingstone
27 August 1972 (Season 1, Episode 21)

    - That's My Uncle! (1972) TV episode .... Emma Livingstone
10 September 1972 (Season 1, Episode 23)


   If you don't mind looking at a 4 year older Deborah Watling and still calling it reference, there are some excellent closeups of her in these episodes. I don't have them to hand at the moment, but if anyone else does please feel free to post.

   Here's Deborah Watling five years after Doctor Who, in the film "That'll Be the Day." It's a smallish role, and she has very few lines. Here she's playing miniature golf, before going off to sleep with David Essex (not safe for work), while her friend goes off presumably to sleep with Ringo Starr.

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   Although it's five years after Doctor Who, and she's going more for womanly than girlish, this closeup gives you a good look at her features here.
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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:13 pm

Deborah Watling's two episodes of Doctor in Charge from 1972, where she played Emma Livingstone, a massage therapist and apparent "good girl" with a wild side.

    - The Taming of the Wolf (1972) TV episode .... Emma Livingstone
27 August 1972 (Season 1, Episode 21)

    - That's My Uncle! (1972) TV episode .... Emma Livingstone
10 September 1972 (Season 1, Episode 23)

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   I'm only giving you captures from The Taming of the Wolf, as she doesn't get any closeups in the latter episode. This first episode was written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie .... the latter episode was written by Bernard McKenna and Graham Chapman.

    The screengrabs will be interlaced, as this is video. You can fix that in Photoshop if you need to.

   Deborah didn't get much work after Doctor Who, and sadly it's easy to see why here. The traits that made her a great Doctor Who companion seem rather out of place in this naughty 70s sitcom. [The same would probably have been true of other companions like Elizabeth Sladen.] That said, she has a go of it. She does quite well with a little dance number, and then, for the lads, an impromptu striptease.
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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:13 pm

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:17 pm

Anneke Wills as Polly.

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  The Saint: "The Helpful Pirate"  28 October 1966 (Season 5, Episode 5)

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  Anneke Wills plays Fran Roeding, whose father has vanished. When she becomes kidnapped herself, only Roger Moore's Simon Templar can save her (the solution involves lots of punching).

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  This is a terrific episode for Anneke Wills fans, particularly if they're planning on animating the Polly character and need reference .... This episode was shot around the time she was starting work on Doctor Who, or just a little before, so the time period is very accurate.

   She has a bunch of scenes and is given clean closeups throughout. Although her father was an idiot for going to look for "pirate treasure."

   Her hair is in the long "Power of the Daleks/The Smugglers/The Faceless Ones" style. In her opening scene, her hair is tied into a bun, and is essentially a longer version of the "Moonbase" hairstyle.
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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:18 pm

More of Anneke Wills in The Saint - "The Helpful Pirate." Nice hat.

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This episode might be helpful for some unusual reasons - she gets kidnapped, falls asleep, falls on the ground, struggles with her captors - fairly typical for Doctor Who episodes, so some of these angles will come in handy.

Anneke Wills is a quirky actress, and her mouth movements are unusual. She makes a lot of silly faces. This episode sees Anneke Wills in a fairly Polly-like mode, though serious throughout. She doesn't pull a lot of silly faces, but her speaking patterns are still unusual, and this reference is worth looking at if you're drawing her various possible mouth movements.

As you can see, this is essentially her "Moonbase" hairstyle.

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Re: Doctor Who: Reference Time

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:18 pm

So if you're animating Power of the Daleks, The Smugglers, The Faceless Ones, or another story where Polly sports long hair, or even The Moonbase, that Saint episode has you covered for reference on how to draw that hair.

But what if you're animating The Macra Terror, where Polly sports a short haircut? Let's dig further into the archives of Lord Lew Grade ...

"The Avengers" The £50,000 Breakfast  - 14 October 1967 (Season 6, Episode 3)

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This was shot around the time Anneke was ending her time on Doctor Who, or sometime afterward. It's thus still very time period accurate, if you're drawing Polly.

Anneke sports a short haircut similar to her look in The Macra Terror. She plays a woman who is selling ties, and talking to Diana Rigg. It's not a huge part, and she plays it in an exaggeratedly posh manner (as if the Macra have possessed her, in fact), but she is in closeup throughout.

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