I did all sorts. Teaching commandos how to use escapology equipment, compasses in brass buttons, secret maps in white cotton handkerchiefs, pipes you could smoke that also fired a .22 bullet. All sorts of incredible things. It suited me perfectly as I have always loved gadgets.John Devon Roland "Jon" Pertwee (1919-1996) was an English actor best known as the Third Doctor in Doctor Who, Pertwee from The Navy Lark and as the title character in Worzel Gummidge. He was also an actual spy, working undercover for Winston Churchill and alongside Ian Fleming, a fact he managed to keep hidden all his life and which finally came to light in 2013. Like his predecessor as the Doctor, Pertwee died of a heart attack while visiting the United States.He was a huge fanboy of action movies and cool vehicles, hence why his tenure as the Doctor was essentially a serialized action movie. He eventually decided to leave the show during a shakeup in the cast and staff — the departures of script editor Terrance Dicks, producer Barry Letts and Katy Manning (Jo Grant), and the death of Roger Delgado (The Master) convinced him that his Who family was breaking up, and though he fulfilled the last year of his contract and developed a good working relationship with Manning's replacement, Elisabeth Sladen, he left at the end of Who's 11th season in 1974. (Some stories relate Pertwee getting out of a renewal of his contract by asking for a hefty pay raise, which the producers couldn't meet. It's been said that had either Katy Manning stayed or Delgado not died — The Master was scheduled to die in a grand finale for the character — Pertwee might have stayed with the show for a longer period.) At five years in the role (1970-1974), he is currently the Doctor with the second-longest on-screen tenure after Tom Baker. note He was the only Doctor (so far) who came up with his own sung Theme Song, titled "Who is the Doctor?". He also commissioned the Fan Nicknamed "Whomobile", which was used in two episodes and kept by Pertwee as his private Improbably Cool Car. After the classic series ended, he played the Doctor in the Third Doctor Radio Dramas, and once more in a fan project called Devious which has inexplicably been in Development Hell since 1995.
— Talking about his actual real life as a British spy
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