On this day in 1919, a beloved Doctor Who star was born. Third Doctor Jon Pertwee may be gone, but he is certainly not forgotten by his family, friends – and companions.
Pertwee’s son, Gotham actor Sean Pertwee, was one of the first to pay tribute to his father, the “übermensch” who would have been 97 today.
Katy Manning, who played Doctor Who companion Jo Grant alongside Pertwee, also paid tribute to her “wonderful Jon” on his birthday.
Thinking of my wonderful Jon on his birthday xxxx pic.twitter.com/90GLSDxK4h
— KatyManning Official (@ManningOfficial) July 7, 2016
Both actors’ tributes inspired many others to share their memories of the Third Doctor.
you and Jon were my Saturdays xxx
— (((Graham Applin))) (@SkepticalHusky) July 7, 2016
And of course, the official Doctor Who Twitter feed could not let this special day pass either.
— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) July 7, 2016
Sean Pertwee has already spoken about how “it would be an honour” to play his father’s incarnation of the Doctor, but added, “They’re large boots to fill.”
That’s as may be, but the resemblance is uncanny – especially when Sean puts on his Dad’s costume.