I believed totally in the possibilities implied by the series. I never thought of it as fantasy. Far from it.Patrick Troughton (1920-1987) is best known for playing the second Doctor in the TV series Doctor Who. He was in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He was the first actor to play the folk hero Robin Hood on television.Troughton was known largely for his comedic roles before playing the Doctor, and thus decided to play the character differently from William Hartnell: the stern but caring grandfather was replaced by a clownish eccentric. This established a major factor to the show's popularity: the idea that regeneration not only changed the Doctor's appearance, but elements of his personality as well, allowing each actor who played him to put their own mark on the character. Hartnell fully endorsed Troughton's casting, reportedly saying that "there is one man in Britain who can take over [the role of the Doctor] and that's Patrick Troughton."Troughton left the role after three years, but retained a life-long affiliation with the program, returning to play the Doctor three more times in various special episodes. Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, cites Troughton as an inspiration for his version of the character, and it shows. He is also the actor who has reprised his role for televised multi-doctor specials most often ("The Three Doctors", "The Five Doctors" and "The Two Doctors"), beating fellow actors from that period Jon Pertwee ("Dimensions in Time" and "The Five Doctors") and William Hartnell ("The Three Doctors" and The Other Darrin in "The Five Doctors"). Troughton advised Peter Davison to limit his time to three seasons in order to avoid typecast as the Doctor, and the rule has since been followed by David Tennant and Matt Smith.He died of a heart attack at the Magnum Opus Con II Science Fiction convention in America, after ignoring the advice of his doctors who had told him not to go. He had two daughters and four sons. Many of his sons and grandsons have followed in his footsteps and become actors. His son David has made two significant Doctor Who appearances, as King Peladon in the Third Doctor story "The Curse of Peladon" and as Professor Hobbes in the Tenth Doctor episode "Midnight".
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