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 #31)
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.
(To be clear, we will not be counting as “non-Doctor Who” roles things like Doctor Who spinoffs, celebration episodes, 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.)
I went through the regulars from both the original and revived series and found to my surprise that for each there were 21 regular actors for whom I could name at least one other role that I’d seen them in. That got me thinking I should see which actor would “win” by having the most roles that I’d seen them in, and that I should do this by whittling them down, one role at a time. So I did another round and I found that there were 9 actors from the classic series and 11 from the revived series who had lasted to round 2. Then in round 3 we made it down to 5 classic, 8 revived.
Let’s see what happens with a Round 4!
The Classic Series
William Russell (Ian Chesterton) – Russell had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in the Richard Donner / Christopher Reeve film, Sueprman the Movie, as a Kryptonian Elder, I think it was #8.
Jon Pertwee (The Third Doctor) – Pertwee had a small part as Crassus in the film version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor) – Peter Davison played Albert Campion in a bunch of episodes of Campion, a British mystery.
Down to three actors, after losing Sylvester McCoy and Tom Baker (too bad I never saw The Silver Chair).
The Modern Series
Christopher Eccleston (The Ninth Doctor) – Eccleston played Destro in the terrible GI Joe: The Rise of Cobrai.
Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) – I think I’ve seen enough of the terrible Gulliver’s Travels, which she appeared in, to count.
Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) – I saw a handful of episodes of the fairly bad sitcom that she starred in called Selfie.
So we just lost both Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman (I know I’ve seen a few minutes of Victoria, but I don’t think it’s really enough to count), which means we are again tied with three actors in both categories.
Now, full disclosure, I was just rewatching a Sherlock episode and I realized that Sacha Dhawan was in it! So he should have survived Round 2…although he’d then have been kicked out with Round 3. But I just thought I’d mention it, even though it doesnt’ change the outcome of this time-shattering crossover conflict!
What will happen in Round 5???!