Lately, I’ve been going through some other movies and shows and finding where there are actors or creative talent that they have in common with Doctor Who.
Also recently, I finished going through all the “Emma Peel” episodes of the 1960s TV show The Avengers and blogging about each one (starting here), including noting when its guest cast were also people who made appearances in Doctor Who. I was struck by how much crossover there was.
(Daily Doctor Who #334)
So then I noted how many episodes of Doctor Who featured Avengers actors, and which episodes didn’t (and not just actors, but also writers, script editors, producers & directors). After checking all of the Emma Peel stories (summarized here), and also the first season of The Avengers here and the Cathy Gale seasons here, the number of stories (classic era only) which didn’t feature an Avengers actor is actually quite small.
The First Doctor
The Edge of Destruction (the classic story with the smallest cast)
The Fourth Doctor
The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, The Hand of Fear, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Pirate Planet, Destiny of the Daleks, Nightmare of Eden, Shada
The Fifth Doctor
Kinda, Earthshock, Terminus, Resurrection of the Daleks, The Caves of Androzani
The Sixth Doctor
Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos
The Seventh Doctor
Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Curse of Fenric, Survival
As I mentioned, we already looked at the first few seasons of the show, in which Patrick Macnee’s John Steed was paired with various co-stars…Ian Hendry, Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg. Now we will continue with the last years of the original series, which co-starred Linda Thorson as Tara King.
Now, there seems to be some discrepancy as to whether these Tara King episodes of The Avengers are season 6 or 7 of the series–it seems to depend on how you break things up. So for simplicity, we’ll list number them from #1 onward. How small will our list get as we make our way through these last two years of the show?
The Avengers – the Tara King episodes
Episode 1, The Forget-Me-Knot, still had Diana Rigg in it, so it was covered in an earlier post.
• Peter Jeffrey (Bristow) appeared in The Macra Terror with the Second Doctor and The Androids of Tara with the Fourth Doctor.
• Aubrey Richards (Professor Witney) was Professor Parry in the Second Doctor story Tomb of the Cybermen.
• Brian Badcoe (Cooty Gibson) appeared in Invasion of the Dinosaurs with the Third Doctor.
3. Super Secret Cypher Snatch
• Patrick Newell played Mother in 20 episodes of The Avengers over the next couple of years, starting with this one. He appeared in one episode of Doctor Who: part four of the Fourth Doctor adventure The Android Invasion.
• Donald Gee (Vickers) showed up in The Space Pirates with the Second Doctor and The Monster of Peladon with the Third Doctor.
• Nichoals Smith (Lather) was Wells in the First Doctor story The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
• Alex Ross (1st Guard) had a small part in the first episode of the Second Doctor story, The Evil of the Daleks.
• Lionel Wheeler (2nd Guard) had an even smaller part in the first episode of the First Doctor story, The Savages (so small it was uncredited).
• Clifford Earl (Jarret) appeared in that anomalous Christmas episode The Feast of Steven, which came in the midst of The Daleks’ Masterplan with the First Doctor. He also appeared in a couple of episodes as The Invasion with the Second Doctor, as an army major.
• David Quilter (Wilson) actually showed up in the modern Doctor Who series, The Unicorn and the Wasp, with the Tenth Doctor, as the butler.
4. You’ll Catch Your Death
• Valentine Dyall (Butler) famously played the Black Guardian in multiple stories: The Armageddon Factor with the Fourth Doctor, and then Mawdryn Undead, Terminus and Enlightenment with the Fifth Doctor.
• Fulton Mackay (Glover) appeared in the Third Doctor story Doctor Who and the Silurians with the Third Doctor.
• Hamilton Dyce (Camrose) was Major General Scobie in Spearhead from Space, the first Third Doctor story.
• Dennis Spooner (writer) – Wrote several Doctor Who stories, including The Reign of Terror, The Romans and part of The Daleks’ Masterplan, all with the First Doctor. Also was the script editor for a chunk of Season 2 of Doctor Who, from The Rescue to The Chase.
• Julian Glover (Peter Rooke) appeared in Doctor Who in two major roles: as King Richard in The Crusade with the First Doctor, and as Scaroth in City of Death with the Fourth Doctor.
• Bernard Archard (Dr. Constantine) also appeared in two major Doctor Who roles: as Bragen in the first ever Second Doctor story, The Power of the Daleks, and as Marcus Scarman in the Fourth Doctor tale Pyramids of Mars.
• Steven Scott (Kartovski) also appeared in The Power of the Daleks, as Kebble.
• Maurice Kebble (Harry Mercer) was Phineas Clanton in the First Doctor story The Gunfighters.
• Christopher Benjamin (Swindin) is one of the few actors to have roles in both the classic and revived Doctor Who: he is Sir Keith Gold in the Third Doctor story Inferno, Henry Gordon Jago in the Fourth Doctor story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and Colonel Hugh in the Tenth Doctor story The Unicorn and the Wasp.
6. Who Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?
• Arthur Cox (Anaesthetist) is another one of those actors who appeared in both the classic and revived Doctor Who: he was Cully in The Dominators with the Second Doctor, and Mr. Henderson with the Eleventh Doctor in The Eleventh Hour.
• Frank Windsor (Tobin) appeared in Doctor Who twice–with the Fifth Doctor in The King’s Demons and with the Seventh Doctor in Ghost Light.
7. False Witness
• John Bennett (Sykes) appeared in the Third Doctor story Invasion of the Dinosaurs (with the Third Doctor) as General Finch, and The Talons of Weng-Chiang (with the Fourth Doctor) as Li H’sen Chang.
• Simon Lack (Nesbitt) was in one episode of Third Doctor story The Mind of Evil as the doomed Professor Kettering, and then in the Fourth Doctor adventure The Androids of Tara as Zadek.
• Rio Fanning (Lane) was Harker in The Horror of the Fang Rock with the Fourth Doctor.
• Jimmy Gardner (Little Man) appeared in Marco Polo with the First Doctor as Chenchu, and then much later in Underworld with the Fourth Doctor as Idmon.
8. All Done With Mirrors
• Dinsdale Landen (Watney) appeared in the Seventh Doctor story The Curse of Fenric as Dr. Judson.
• Peter Copley (Sparshott) was in the Fourth Doctor story Pyramids of Mars as Dr. Warlock.
• Edwin Richfield (Barlow) made appearances in The Sea Devils with the Third Doctor as Captain Hart, and The Twin Dilemma with the Sixth Doctor as Mestor.
• Tenniel Evans (Carswell) was in the Third Doctor story Carnival of Monsters as Major Daly
• Peter Thomas (Kettridge) was in the First Doctor story The Savages as Captain Edal
• Robert Sidaway (Real Barlow) was also in The Savages as Avon, and in The Invasion as Captain Turner.
• Graham Ashley (Markin) was in the Second Doctor story The Underwater Menace as Overseer.
• David Grey (Williams) was int he Second Doctor story The Abominable Snowmen as Rinchen
9. The Legacy of Death
• Terry Nation (writer) is well known as a writer for Doctor Who, and specifically as the creator of the Daleks. He wrote The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Chase, parts of The Daleks’ Masterplan (all with the First Doctor), and then later also write Planet of the Daleks and Death to the Daleks with the Third Doctor, and then later still wrote Genesis of the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks with the Fourth Doctor. He also wrote the non-Dalek stories The Keys of Marinus (First Doctor) and The Android Invasion (Fourth Doctor).
• Stratford Johns (Sidney) was Monarch in the Fifth Doctor story Four to Doomsday.
• Richard Hurndall (Farrer) took over the part of the First Doctor in the 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors.
• John Hollis (Zoltan) was Sondergaard in The Mutants with the Third Doctor (and also Lobot in The Empire Strikes Back)
• Tutte Lemkow (Gorky) showed up several times with the First Doctor–in Marco Polo (as Kuiju), in The Crusade (as Ibrahim) and in The Myth Makers (as Cyclops!)
• Michael Bilton (Dr. Winter) was in the First Doctor story The Massacre (as Charles de Teligny), and in the first parts of two Fourth Doctor stories: Pyramids of Mars (as Collins) and The Deadly Assassin (as a Time Lord)
• Terry Nation (writer) – See Episode 9, above.
• T.P. McKenna (Grant) was the Captain in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, a Seventh Doctor tale.
• Peter Halliday (Perrier) was in six Doctor Who stories–The Invasion (Second Doctor) as Packer, Doctor Who and the Silurians (Third Doctor) as Silurian voice, The Ambassadors of Death (Third Doctor) as Alien’s Voices, Carnival of Monsters (Third Doctor) as Pletrac, City of Death (Fourth Doctor) as Soldier and an uncredited Jagaroth voice, and Remembrance of the Daleks (Seventh Doctor) as a Vicar.
• Anthony Ainley (Sunley) has him beat, though, appearing in eleven stories as the second major incarnation of the Master. These included The Keeper of Traken (also as Tremas) and Logopolis with the Fourth Doctor; Castrovalva, Time-Flight, The King’s Demons, The Five Doctors and The Planet of Fire with the Fifth Doctor; The Mark of the Rani and The Trial of a Time Lord with the Sixth Doctor; and Survival with the Seventh Doctor.
11. Look – (Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers…
• Dennis Spooner (writer) – See Episode 5, above.
• John Cleese (Marcus Rugman) – In addition to being very famous for Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers, amongst others, John Cleese made a cameo in the Fourth Doctor story The City of Death as a snooty art critic.
• John Woodvine (Seagrave) played the Marshal in The Armageddon Factor, a Fourth Doctor story which concluded the Key to Time arc.
• Robert James (Merlin) was Lesterson in The Power of the Daleks (Second Doctor) and High Priest in The Masque of Mandragora (Fourth Doctor). Apparently, he was also an uncredited “Man” in one episode of The Daemons (Third Doctor).
• Talfryn Thomas (Fiery Frederick) appeared in two Third Doctor stories: Spearhead from Space (as Mullins) and The Green Death (as Dave).
• Bernard Cribbins (Bradley Marler) co-starred in the second Peter Cushing-led Dr. Who / Daleks movie from the 1960’s, and also played Wilfrid Mott in a bunch of modern Doctor Who episodes, ranging from Voyage of the Damned to The End of Time part 2, all with the Tenth Doctor.
12. Have Guns – Will Haggle
• Jonathan Burn (Conrad) was Silas P. in the Seventh Doctor story The Happiness Patrol.
• Timothy Bateson (Spencer) was Binro in The Ribos Operation, a Fourth Doctor story.
• Michael Turner (Crayford) was Jarvis Bennett in the Second Doctor adventure The Wheel in Space.
• Roy Stewart (Giles) guest starred with the first three Doctors–with the First in The Crusade as a Saracen Warrior; with the Second in The Tomb of the Cybermen as Toberman, and with the Third in Terror of the Autons as a circus strongman.
13. They Keep Killing Steed
• Norman Jones (Zerson) was in The Abominable Snowmen with the Second Doctor, as Khrisong; Doctor Who and the Silurians with the Third Doctor as Major Baker; and with the Fourth Doctor in The Masque of Mandragora as Hieronymous.
• Bernard Horsfall (Captain Smythe) appears in Doctor Who four times–The Mind Robber as Gulliver (with the Second Doctor), The War Games as a Time Lord (also Second Doctor), Planet of the Daleks as Taron (with the Third Doctor), and The Deadly Assassin as Chancellor Goth, who might or might not be the same Time Lord as before (with the Fourth Doctor).
• Reg Whitehead (Etola) was also in four stories–three as Cybermen (The Tenth Planet, The Moonbase, The Tomb of the Cybermen) and in The Abominable Snowmen as a Yeti. All were Second Doctor stories except for The Tenth Planet, which starred the First Doctor.
14. The Interrogators
• Philip Bond (Caspar) played Ganatus way back in the first Dalek story, known usually as The Daleks, with the First Doctor.
• Neil McCarthy (Rasker) appeared in the Third Doctor story The Mind of Evil as Barnham and the Fourth Doctor story The Power of Kroll as Thawn.
• Neil Wilson (Norton) played Seeley in the first Third Doctor story, Spearhead from Space.
15. The Rotters
• Jerome Willis (George) was Stevens in The Green Death, a Third Doctor story.
• John Nettleton (Palmer) was in Ghost-Light, a Seventh Doctor story, as Reverend Ernest Matthews.
• Harold Innocent (Parbury) was Gilbert M. in The Happiness Patrol, with the Seventh Doctor.
• Charles Morgan (Wainwright) appeared as Songsten in The Abominable Snowmen (with the Second Doctor) and as Gold Usher in The Invasion of Time (with the Fourth Doctor).
16. Invasion of the Earthmen
• Terry Nation (writer) – See Episode 9, above.
• William Lucas (Brett) was Range in Frontios with the Fifth Doctor
• George Roubicek (Grant) was Captain Hoper in The Tomb of the Cybermen with the Second Doctor.
• Harry Towb (Paxton) appeared in Doctor Who twice–in The Seeds of Death with the Second Doctor (as Osgood) and in Terror of the Autons with the Third Doctor (as McDermott)
• John Bailey (Ralph Bleech) was in Doctor Who thrice–in The Sensorites with the First Doctor (as the Commander), in The Evil of the Daleks with the Second Doctor (as Edward Waterfield) and in The Horns of Nimon (as Sezom) with the Fourth Doctor.
• James Bree (Arthur Wilkington) also appeared in three Doctor Who stories–The War Games as Security Chief (with the Second Doctor), Full Circle as Nefred (with the Fourth Doctor), and The Trial of a Time Lord as the Keeper of the Matrix (with the Sixth Doctor).
• Michael McStay (Trancer) was in The Seeds of Doom with the Fourth Doctor as Derek Moberley.
18. The Morning After
• Peter Barkworth (Merlin) played Clent, a major guest star in The Ice Warriors, a Second Doctor story.
• Donald Douglas (Major Parsons) was Vural in The Sontaran Experiment with the Fourth Doctor.
• Brian Blessed (Sergeant Hearn) was Yrcanos, the king who ended up marrying Peri in The Trial of a Time Lord with the Sixth Doctor.
19. The Curious Case of the Countless Clues
• Kenneth Cope (Gardiner) was in Warrior’s Gate, a Fourth Doctor story, as Packard.
• Tony Selby (Stanley) had the recurring role as Sabalom Glitz, who appeared in The Trial of a Time Lord with the Sixth Doctor, and Dragonfire with the Seventh Doctor.
• Edward de Souza (Flanders) starred as Marc Cory in Mission to the Unknown, the special one-part story in the First Doctor’s era that didn’t actually include the First Doctor.
• George A. Cooper (Burgess) was Cherub in The Smugglers, with the First Doctor.
• Reginald Jessup (Dawson) was a Servant in The Massacre with the First Doctor, and Lord Savar in the first episode of The Invasion of Time with the Fourth Doctor.
• Dudley Foster (Parker) was Maurice Caven in The Smugglers with the First Doctor.
20. Wish You Were Here
• Gary Watson (Kendrick) was Arthur Terrall in The Evil of the Daleks with the Second Doctor.
• Derek Newark (Vickers) appeared in Doctor Who twice–in the very first story, An Unearthly Child with the First Doctor, as Za, and in Inferno with the Third Doctor, as Greg Sutton.
• David Garth (Brevitt) was in The Highlanders (as Solicitor Grey) with the Second Doctor, and in Terror of the Autons (as a Time Lord) with the Third Doctor.
• Louise Pajo (Miss Craven) was Gia Kelly in The Seeds of Death with the Second Doctor.
21. Love All
• Terence Alexander (Bromfield) was Lord Ravenworth in The Mark of the Rani with the Sixth Doctor.
• Frank Gatliff (Ortron) was Ortron in The Monster of Peladon with the Third Doctor.
• Peter Stephens (Mr. Bellchanger) was in The Celestial Toymaker (First Doctor) as Cyril, and The Underwater Menace (Second Doctor) as Lolem.
• David Baron (Metcalfe) was Ralpachan in the Second Doctor story, The Abominable Snowmen.
22. Stay Tuned
• Kate O’Mara (Lisa) was the Rani, a recurring villain in a couple of stories toward the end of the original series–The Mark of the Rani with the Sixth Doctor and The Time and the Rani with the Seventh Doctor. She was also the main villain the special mini-story Dimensions of Time.
• Duncan Lamont (Wilks) was Dan Galloway with the Third Doctor in Death to the Daleks.
• Roger Delgado (Kreer) famously was the original Master over eight stories during the Third Doctor’s era, from Terror of the Autons to Frontier in Space.
23. Take Me To Your Leader
• Terry Nation (writer) – See Episode 9, above.
• Patrick Barr (Stonehouse) was Hobson in the Second Doctor story The Moonbase.
• Michael Robbins (Cavell) was Richard Mace in the Fifth Doctor story The Visitation.
• Henry Stamper (Major Glasgow) had a small part, Anton, in one episode of the Second Doctor story The Enemy of the World.
• Michael Hawkins (Shepherd) was General Williams in the Third Doctor story, Frontier in Space.
• Paul Whitsun-Jones (Sanders) was Squire Edwards in The Smugglers with the First Doctor, and the Marshal in The Mutants with the Third.
• Patsy Smart (Mrs. Golightly) was “Ghoul” in the first episode of the Fourth Doctor story The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
• John Barrard (Grunner) was a shopkeeper in The Reign of Terror with the First Doctor.
25. Who Was That Man I Saw You With?
• William Marlowe (Fairfax) was Harry Mailer in The Mind o Evil (Third Doctor) and Lester in Revenge of the Cybermen (Fourth Doctor)
• Ralph Michael (General Hesketh) was Balaton in The Pirate Planet, with the Fourth Doctor.
• Alan Wheatley (Dangerfield) was Temmosus, the first character to ever be exterminated by a Dalek in the first Dalek story, known generally as The Daleks.
• Aimée Delemain (Miss Gladys Culpepper) was Doña Arana in The Two Doctors (with both the Second and Sixth Doctors).
• Ken Barker aka Ken Haward (Powell) was a mutant in Revelation of the Daleks.
26. Homicide and Old Lace
• Malcolm Hulke (co-writer) – Wrote or co-wrote a whole bunch of Doctor Who–eight stories all together, including the first appearances of the Silurians, the Sea Devils and the Time Lords.
• Terrance Dicks (co-writer) – Script editor for the end of the Second Doctor’s era and the entirety of the Third Doctor’s era, and wrote or co-wrote a bunch of episodes–five stories under his own name and one under a pseudonym.
• Edward Brayshaw (Fuller) was Léon Colbert in The Reign of Terror (First Doctor) and the War Chief in The War Games, the final Second Doctor story.
• Donald Pickering (Freddie Cartwright) was in Doctor Who three times–as Eyesen in The Keys of Marinus (First Doctor), Captain Blade in The Faceless Ones (Second Doctor) and Beyus in Time and the Rani (Seventh Doctor).
• Stephen Hubay (Dubois) was also in The War Games with the Second Doctor, as Petrov. Actually, Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks, above, wrote The War Games, so there’s a lot of connection there.
• Kristopher Kum (Osaka) was Fu Peng in The Mind of Evil with the Third Doctor.
• Bryan Mosley (Armshith) was in The Daleks’ Masterplan with the First Doctor, as Malpha and also as Prop Man in the Christmas episode that came in the midst of that, The Feast of Steven.
• Kevork Malikyan (Rossi) was Kemel Rudkin in The Wheel in Space, a Second Doctor story.
• Gertan Klauber (Kruger) was a Galley Master in The Romans (First Doctor) and Ola in The Macra Terror (Second Doctor).
• Iain Cuthbertson (Kruger, though presumably a different Kruger than being played by Gertan Klauber, above) was Garron in The Ribos Operation, with the Fourth Doctor.
• Edward Burnham (Brett) was Professors Watson and Kettlewell in Doctor Who–in The Invasion with the SEcond Doctor and Robot with the Fourth Doctor, respectively.
• Vernon Dobtcheff (Stenson) was a scientist in The War Games with the Second Doctor.
28. My Wildest Dream
• Philip Madoc (Slater) – Guest starred multiple times in Doctor Who–The Krotons (as Eelek) and The War Games (War Lord) with the Second Doctor, and The Brain of Morbius (Solon) and The Power of Kroll (Fenner) with the Fourth Doctor.
• John Savident (Winthrop) – Was the Squire in The Visitation with the Fifth Doctor.
• Angela Douglas (Miranda) played the Brigadier’s wife, Doris Lethbridge-Stewart in Battlefield with the Seventh Doctor.
• John Baker (Vicar) appeared in a few different small parts in Doctor Who–a Time Lord in Colony in Space (with the Third Doctor) and Ralph in The Visitation (with the Fifth), and an uncredited role as an audience member in Planet of the Spiders (also with the Third).
• Terry Nation (writer) – See Episode 9, above.
• Tom Adams (Grenville) was Commander Vorshak in Warriors of the Deep with the Fifth Doctor.
• Julian Glover (Rupert) had two major roles on the show–Richard the Lionheart in The Crusade with the First Doctor and Count Scarlioni in City of Death with the Fourth Doctor.
• Reginald Barratt (Xavier Smith) was Smithers in the First Doctor story Planet of the Giants.
• Neil Hallett (Paul Ryder) was Maylin Renis in Timelash with the Sixth Doctor.
• William Wilder (Baxter) was in both the classic and revived Doctor Who. He was a Draconian Captain in Frontier in Space with the Third Doctor, and the voice of Prisoner Zero in The Eleventh Hour with the Eleventh Doctor.
• Michael Elwyn (Lt. Edwards) was Lt. Ffinch in The Highlanders with the Second Doctor.
• Robert Russell (Lubin) was the Caber in Terror of the Zygons (with the Fourth Doctor), and an uncredited guard in The Power of the Daleks, with the Second Doctor.
• Fulton Mackay (Master) was Dr. Quinn in the Third Doctor story Doctor Who and the Silurians.
So, how many of our remaining stories can we get ride of this time around…
The Sontaran Experiment
The Pirate Planet
Destiny of the Daleks
The Curse of Fenric
Remembrance of the Daleks
So that’s a big hit on the remaining 7th Doctor stories, and now we’re down to 15 classic-era serials. But we’ve finished with the original The Avengers TV show.
However, that is not the end of The Avengers. Seven years later, there was The New Avengers, and next time we will look there.
3 thoughts on “Doctor Who / The Avengers (Tara King-era) Actor Connections”
These are awesome lists. Thanks again.
I’m consistently amazed with how long they are.
Are you planning one with Doctor Who actors on Brian Clemens’ Thriller?