1. John Devon Roland “Jon” Pertwee was an English actor, entertainer and cabaret performer.
2. Pertwee is most known for starring as the Third Doctor in the science-fiction series Doctor Who between 1970 and 1974.
3. Pertwee also spent 18 years playing Chief petty officer Pertwee in The Navy Lark on BBC Radio.
4. He later played the title character in the series Worzel Gummidge from 1979 to 1981, and again from 1987 to 1989.
5. As an actor, Pertwee appeared in many comedy roles and was once described as having “rubbery features and ability to affect silly voices”.
6. Born in Chelsea, London, and having Huguenot ancestry , Pertwee’s mother, Avice Scholtz, separated from his father Roland when Pertwee was young.
7. The actor Henry Ainley, a close friend of his father, was his godfather.
8. His first marriage was in 1955, to Jean Marsh, Together they had two children, both of whom were to become actors: a daughter, Dariel, in 1961, and a son, Sean, in 1964.
9. Pertwee was educated at Frensham Heights School, an independent school in Rowledge, near Farnham in Surrey, at Sherborne School in Sherborne in Dorset, and at some other schools from which he was expelled.
10. He was also accused of writing graffiti about the tutors on the lavatory walls.
11. During the Second World War, Pertwee spent six years in the Royal Navy. losing all but three men in May 1941.
12. Later, he was attached to the highly-secretive Naval Intelligence Division, working alongside future James Bond author Ian Fleming, and reporting directly to Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and Deputy Prime Minister, Clement Attlee.
13. In an interview conducted in 1994 , he said, “I did all sorts.
14. 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.
15. All sorts of incredible things.” During his time in the Navy, Pertwee woke up one morning after a drunken night out while in port to find a tattoo of a cobra on his right arm.