HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO IAN CHESTERTON WILLIAM RUSSELL

WITH AN OLD DOCTOR, THE PRODUCERS NEEDED A TRUE CLASSIC STRONG ARMED HERO TO BACK HIM UP AND SO SCHOOL TEACHER IAN WAS INTRODUCED ALONG WITH BARBARA, A FELLOW TEACHER IN SUSAN’S SCHOOL.

FORCING HIS WAY INTO THE TARDIS, IAN DIDN’T SUFFER THE DOCTOR’S HOSTILITY, PUTTING HIM IN HIS PLACE A HUNDRED TIMES BUT ALL THE WHILE GROWING MORE FOND OF THIS MYSTERIOUS OLD MAN AND HIS FABULOUS POLICEBOX.

IAN FOUND HIMSELF FACING MARCO POLO, RICHARD THE LIONHEART, AZTECS, CAVEMEN AND A HOST OF MONSTERS FROM THE DALEKS TO THE MECHANOIDS. THIS CREW WERE THE FIRST TO BE SHRUNK IN SIZE IN PLANET OF THE GIANTS WHERE THEY GOT HOME BUT AS MINI PEOPLE, MAKING THEIR JOURNEY EVEN MORE HEARTBREAKING.

THE DOCTOR GREW TO RELY ON IAN AND BARBARA, REALISING HOW WONDERFUL THEY WERE AS THEY FACED EACH NEW EXPERIENCE. HE HAD NO QUALMS ABOUT LETTING THEM GO TO FIND THE KEYS OF MARINUS ALONE OR FACING THE REIGN OF TERROR. I BELIEVE THEY HELPED BRING ABOUT THE DOCTOR WE KNOW AS THEY SEEMED TO BRING OUT HIS BEST ASPECTS AND NEW FOUND LOVE OF HUMANITY. AND IT WAS A REAL TRAGEDY FOR THE TIME LORD WHEN THEY FOUND A WAY HOME VIA A DALEK TIME MACHINE. THEY HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO GO HOME BUT IT WASN’T AN EASY DECISION.

IAN HAS RETURNED IN VARIOUS BOOKS FURTHER EXPANDING HIS CHARACTER AND HE WAS DUE TO RETURN IN MAWDRYN UNDEAD UNTIL THE BRIG REPLACED HIM. THE COMPANION CHRONICLES HAVE REINTRODUCED IAN TO A NEW GENERATION AND HE WILL FEATURE IN A MULTI COMPANION STORY VERY SOON.

WILLIAM HAS WORKED STEADILY, DOING AUDIO READINGS OF CLASSIC STORIES AND HIS CONNECTION WITH THE WORLD OF DOCTOR WHO HAS NEVER LEFT HIM. AND THE WONDERFUL THING ABOUT DOCTOR WHO IS IAN AND BARBARA WERE NAME CHECKED IN THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES THE DEATH OF THE DOCTOR WHERE THEY ARE STILL FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT.

FOR A REAL OLD WORLD STRONG LEADING ACTION MAN, IAN IS THE ONE TO BEAT AND THAT IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.

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