Doctor Who – More Classic & Modern Actors Outside the TARDIS (round 2)

Lately, I’ve done a couple of posts about regular and starring actors from Doctor Who–both the classic and the modern series–whom I’ve seen in other roles.

(Daily Doctor Who #21)

Not just where I can name other things not Doctor Who-related that these actors have appeared in, but instances where I’ve actually seen the movie or show that we’re talking about.

I went through the regulars from the original series and came up with 21 of them that had other acting roles which I had watched. Read that here.

Then I went through the revived series (including the 1996 TV movie) and by complete coincidence also found 21 series stars or regulars who had other acting roles that I had seen. Read that here.

Once I realized I had the same number of actors from both version of the show, I thought…let’s keep at this and see who will stick around for a second round (by being people that I’ve seen in another non-Doctor Who role). We’ll keep at this over the next little while and see which of all of these people I have seen the most, and whether that’s someone from Classic-Who or Modern-Who. I assume the answer will be someone from the modern series, but you never know…Peter Davison has been in a bunch of stuff.

To be clear, we will not be counting as “non-Doctor Who” roles things like Doctor Who spinoffs, Big Finish audios, Bill Bagg’s unlicensed “sort of like Doctor Who” videos from the 1990’s (like The Stranger, The Airzone Solution, and so on), or anything of that sort.

The Classic Series

William Russell (Ian Chesterton) – He starred in the TV series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, which I found the first episode for on Youtube a while ago.

Patrick Troughton (The Second Doctor) – He played the Duke of Norfolk in the mini-series The Six Wives of Henry VIII. I’ve seen the first episode only (Catherine of Aragon) and I don’t really remember him at all, but I know I’ve seen it.

Jon Pertwee (The Third Doctor) – I’ve seen an episode or two of Worzel Gummidge, a kid’s show in which Jon Pertwee played a living scarecrow.

Caroline John (Liz Shaw) – This one is a bit tricky but I remember seeing her in a British mystery in a small part, but I can’t remember which one. A search through her credits reveals she was in an episode of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett, and an episode of Poirot with David Suchet. It was probably one of those. But it’s also possible it was an episode Midsomer Murders, which she also appeared in.

Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor) – I’ve seen at least one episode of Little Britain which he was narrating.

Anthony Ainley (the Master from the 1980’s) – He was a character in the story Clouds of Witnesses, which was part of Lord Peter Wimsey starring Ian Carmichael.

Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor) – He played the Main Dish of the Day in an episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Sylvester McCoy (the 7th Doctor) – He was Radagast the Brown in the Hobbit trilogy recently. Should I count that as one appearance or three?

Sophie Aldred (Ace) – This is an odd one but years ago I listened to an audio book of Forever Rose by Hilary McKay, which Sophie Aldred was the reader for.

So…that’s just nine actors from classic Doctor Who to make it through two rounds of other acting roles that I’ve seen! In that round, we lost William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, Jean Marsh, Roger Delgado, Richard Franklin, Ian Marter, Louise Jameson, Lalla Ward, Mark Strickson, Nicola Bryant, Colin Baker, and Bonnie Langford.

The Modern Series

Paul McGann (The Eighth Doctor) – He was one of the mad prisoners in Alien3.

Eric Roberts (The Master) – I remember watching him in the movie Runaway Train.

Christopher Eccleston (The Ninth Doctor) – He was one of the least engaging MCU villains in the movie Thor: The Dark World.

David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor) – He had a small part in the film Glorius 39.

Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) – I’ve seen a bit of her own sketch program, The Catherine Tate Show.

Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor) – Unfortunately, he was in the miserably bad Terminator Genisys.

Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) – Karen Gillan of course is very well known as Nebula from The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers films.

Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) – Arthur Darvill was one of the original stars of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, as Rip Hunter.

Alex Kingston (River Song) – I’ve seen a couple episodes of ER which she featured in, as Elizabeth Corday.

Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) – Jenna Coleman, back when she was Jenna-Louise Coleman, had a small part in Captain America The First Avenger as a girl that Bucky was out on a date with.

Matt Lucas (Nardole) – Like I said with Tom Baker up above, I’ve seen an episode or two of Little Britain, so I suppose I’ve seen Matt Lucas in that, even if I didn’t know him at all at the time.

So that gives us 11 Modern Doctor Who actors left in the running. We’ve lost Daphne Ashbrook, Billie Piper (it’s vaguely possible that I’ve seen her in Mansfield Park, but I really can’t remember), Noel Clarke, John Barrowman, John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Peter Capaldi, Samuel Anderson, Jodie Whittaker, and Sacha Dhawan. I considered briefly counting Dhawan’s role as Waris Hussein in An Adventure in Space and Time since that was from before he appeared in Doctor Who, but I decided it’s too close (and I certainly wouldn’t think of counting Carole Ann Ford, Jean Marsh or any of the other old Who stars who did cameo appearances).

Anyway, it puts modern Doctor Who ahead of its classic counterpart, which is not a surprise, but it’s not as much of a blowout as I thought it would be.

Who will be our ultimate champion? Tune in for Round 3 to find out!

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