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Bessie the Roadster - Photo courtesy of the BBCDr. Who's Bessie - Vintage yellow four-seater convertible roadster seen on the British sci-fi series DR. WHO/BBC/1963-90. Bessie was driven by Dr. Who (Jon Pertwee), a 750-year-old eccentric Timelord from the planet Galifrey. The model-T type automobile [license plate: WHO-1 and later WHO 7] made its final appearance in the episode "Robot" during the 1974-75 season.

In the previous episode "Spearhead From Space" the Doctor commandeered a similar vehicle and so Brigadier from UNIT procured "The Bessie" for the Doctor to travel about. The Doctor made improvements to the vehicle by increasing its speed, installing a remote-control driving system and an anti-theft system.

The Bessie was superseded by a more modern vehicle called "The Whomobile," a silver jet-propelled hovercraft-like vehicle capable of flight that was built by the Third Doctor. Bessie made a brief appearance in The Five Doctors (1983) once again driven by Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor.

TRIVIA NOTE: The 'Bessie' vehicle used on the series was a actually a limited edition Edwardian 'kit' car manufactured by Siva/Neville Trickett (Design) Ltd of Blandford, Dorset. The kit car could be fitted onto a Ford Popular, Prefect or Anglia chassis. The car's eight-horsepower engine was replaced by a ten-horsepower engine [which necessitated the extension of the vehicle's bonnet (hood)].


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