Jon Pertwee always fancied having his own blue plaque – preferably during his lifetime! – his daughter Dariel jokingly revealed yesterday. Well now, 20 years after his death, he finally does have one, thanks to the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. They’ve arranged for a plaque to go up permanently in his honour at the New Wimbledon Theatre.
It’s a fitting location. Over the decades Pertwee appeared in various productions at this south London theatre, including, famously, a successful Doctor Who stage show in 1989, for which he re-created the role of the third Doctor that he’d first played in the 70s.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the DWAS and they’re delighted to pay homage to the man who was the society’s first Honorary President, and who still commands a legion of fans two decades after he died in 1996, aged 76.
At a starry gathering on Sunday 23 October, Pertwee’s old friend Colin Baker (the sixth Doctor and the DWAS’s current Honorary President) was asked to MC the proceedings. He read out citations from actors who couldn’t attend such as Jim Dale and even Peter Capaldi, who called Pertwee “a hero for ever”.