Doctor Who / The Prisoner Actor Connections

From time to time we’ve been looking at where actors from Doctor Who have shown up in other movies or shows that I’ve enjoyed. Today, we’re looking at The Prisoner, the 1967 British science-fiction espionage dystopian cult classic created by and starring Patrick McGoohan.

(Daily Doctor Who #264)

The Prisoner ran for just 17 episodes and is well-worth checking out i you ever get the chance. How many actors from the series also showed up in Doctor Who? We’ll go through episode by episode of The Prisone.

But starting with those in multiple episodes:

• Christopher Benjamin (Different characters in Arrival, The Chimes of Big Ben and The Girl Who Was Death) – Appeared in Inferno with the Third Doctor, The Talons of Weng-Chiang with the Fourth Doctor, and Unicorn and the Wasp with the Tenth Doctor.

• Angelo Muscat (The Butler, in 14 episodes of The Prisoner) – Was a Chumbley operator in Galaxy Four with the First Doctor.

• Colin Gordon (Number Two, in A. B. and C. and The General) – Was in The Faceless Ones with the Second Doctor.

• Max Faulkner (Different roles in Living in Oblivion and The Girl Who Was Death) – Had a bunch of credited and uncredited appearances in Doctor Who, including in The Ambassadors of Death, Death to the Daleks, The Monster of Peladon, and Planet of the Spiders with the Third Doctor, and also Genesis of the Daleks, Planet of Evil, The Android Invasion, The Face of Evil, The Sun Makers and The Invasion of Time with the Fourth Doctor.

• Patsy Smart (Different characters in Arrival and Dance of the Dead) – Appeared in The Talons of Weng-Chiang with the Fourth Doctor.

• Peter Brace (multiple characters, credited and uncredited, in The Arrival, Free for All, A Change of Mind, and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling) – Had uncredited roles in the Curse of Peladon and The Sea Devils with the Third Doctor, and The Android Invasion with the Fourth Doctor.

• Michael Miller (different roles in The General, A Change of Mind and Fall Out) – Was in The Time Meddler with the First Doctor.

Arrival

• George Baker (The New Number Two) – Was in Full Circle with the Fourth Doctor.

• David Garfield (Hospital Attendant) – Was in The War Games with the Second Doctor and The Face of Evil with the Fourth Doctor.

The Chimes of Big Bang

• David Arlen (Karel) – Appeared in The Mutants with the Third Doctor.

• Jack Le White (First Judge) – Had uncredited roles in The Daleks’ Masterplan.

• Kevin Stoney (Colonel J) – Played a villainous collaborator in The Daleks’ Masterplan (with the First Doctor) and another villainous collaborator in The Invasion (with the Second Doctor).

• John Maxim (Second Judge) – Appeared as Frankenstein’s robot in The Chase with the First Doctor, and as a Cyberman in The Moonbase with the Second Doctor.

A. B. and C.

• Peter Brayham (Thug) – Was a stunt coordinator in several early Tenth Doctor stories)

Free for All

• Kenneth Benda (Supervisor) – Was The Claws of Axos with the Third Doctor.

• Alf Joint (2nd Mechanic) – A stunt coordinator in Battlefield with the Seventh Doctor, and had an uncredited role in The Ambassadors of Death with the Third Doctor.

The Schizoid Man

• David Nettheim (Doctor) – Was in The Enemy of the World with the Second Doctor.

• Dinny Powell (2nd Guardian) – Uncredited stunts in Terror of the Autons, and uncredited roles in The Ambassadors of Death and The Curse of Peladon (all with the Third Doctor) and Genesis of the Daleks with the Fourth Doctor.

• Earl Cameron (Supervisor) – Appeared in The Tenth Planet with the First Doctor.

The General

• Lewis Greifer (episode writer) – Wrote the original story for The Pyramids of Mars, which was later substantially re-written by script editor Robert Holmes, and credited to the pseudonym Stephen Harris.

• Peter Howell (Professor) – Was in The Mutants with the Third Doctor

• Norman Mitchell (Mechanic) – Was a policeman in the oddball Christmas episode of Doctor Who which appeared in the middle of The Daleks’ Masterplan, with the First Doctor.

• Keith Pyott (Waiter) – Guest starred in The Azteks, way back with the First Doctor.

Many Happy Returns

• Dennis Chinnery (Gunther) – Appeared in The Chase with the First Doctor, Genesis of the Daleks with the Fourth Doctor, and The Twin Dilemma with the Sixth Doctor.

• John Laurimore (Ernst) – Was in The Masque of Mandragora with the Fourth Doctor.

Dance of the Dead

• Alan White (Dutton) – Was in The Tenth Planet with the First Doctor.

• Mary Morris (Number Two) – Was in Kinda with the Fifth Doctor.

Checkmate

• Peter Wyngarde (Number Two) – Was in Planet of Fire with the Fifth Doctor.

• George Colouris (Man with the Stick) – In addition to being in Citizen Kane, was in The Keys of Marinus with the First Doctor.

Hammer Into Anvil

• Victor Maddern (Bandmaster) – Was in Fury from the Deep with the Second Doctor.

It’s Your Funeral

• Mark Eden (Number One Hundred) – Was in Marco Polo with the First Doctor.

• Derren Nesbitt (New Number Two) – Was also in Marco Polo with the First Doctor.

• Martin Miller (Watchmaker / Number Fifty-Four) – Was also in Marco Polo with the First Doctor. What is going on here?

• Wanda Ventham (Computer Attendant) – Appeared in multiple Doctor Who stories–The Faceless Ones (with the Second Doctor), Image of the Fendahl (with the Fourth Doctor) and Time and the Rani (with the Seventh Doctor).

• Michael Bilton (M.C. Councillor) – Appeared in The Massacre with the First Doctor, Pyramids of Mars and The Deadly Assassin with the Fourth Doctor.

A Change of Mind

• George Pravda (Doctor) – Was in The Enemy of the World (with the Second Doctor), The Mutants (with the Third Doctor) and The Deadly Assassin (with the Fourth Doctor)

• Bartlett Mullins (Committee Chairman) – Appeared in The Sensorites with the First Doctor, as the Second Elder; and then uncredited in The Savages as “Elder”. I guess it’s just his vibe.

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

• Nigel Stock (The Colonel / Number Six / Seltzman) – Was in Time-Flight with the Fifth Doctor.

• James Bree (Villiers) – Appeared in The War Games with the Second Doctor, Full Circle with the Fourth Doctor, and The Trial of a Time Lord with the Sixth Doctor.

• Gertan Klauber (Cafe Waiter) – Was in The Romans with the First Doctor, and The Macra Terror with the Second Doctor.

Living in Oblivion

• Gordon Sterne (Bystander) – Was in the Ambassadors of Death with the Third Doctor.

The Girl Who Was Death

• Sheena Marshe (Barmaid) – Was in The Gunfighters with the First Doctor.

• John Rees (Welsh Napoleon) – Was in Frontier in Space with the Third Doctor.

Once Upon a Time

Only Angelo Muscat (the Butler) appeared also in Doctor Who–he’s listed up top with the actors who appeared in multiple episodes.

John Maxim apparently had his scenes as Number Eighty-Six deleted. He was also in The Chimes of Big Ben, and as listed up above he also appeared in Doctor Who in a couple of stories.

Fall Out

The only actors who shows up here who were also in Doctor Who are Angelo Muscat and Michael Miller–they are both listed up above with the actors who appeared in multiple episodes.

So that means we have people from Doctor Who in all 17 episodes of The Prisoner.

But what about the 2009 TV miniseries The Prisoner, which was a remake of the original, featuring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellan?

The only actor I could find who was in both was Sara Stewart, who played “1891” in The Prisoner, and a computer voice in The End of the World the Ninth Doctor.

But The Prisoner was directed by Nick Hurran, who also directed five episodes of Doctor Who during the Matt Smith / Eleventh Doctor era, including the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.

2 thoughts on “Doctor Who / The Prisoner Actor Connections

  1. I’m sure that the Big Finish audio adaptations for both Doctor Who and The Prisoner have shared some actors. I know that one of them is Barnaby Edwards.

  2. I decided not to go into Big Finish for these actor connection posts, as it just opens up too big a can of worms for me to get my head around. But I did listen to one episode of their Prisoner adaptation, and it was certainly interesting.

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