|File:Patrick Troughton Head.jpg
Promotional image of Troughton
|Born||Patrick George Troughton
25 March 1920
Mill Hill, Middlesex, England
|Died||28 March 1987
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Partner(s)||Ethel Margaret "Bunny" Nuens (ca. 1956–1975)|
Patrick George "Pat" Troughton (//, 25 March 1920 – 28 March 1987) was an English actor most widely known for his roles in fantasy, science fiction, and horror films, particularly in his role as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1966 to 1969; he reprised the role in 1973, 1983, and 1985.
Troughton was born on 25 March 1920 in Mill Hill, Middlesex, England, to Alec George Troughton, a solicitor, and Dorothy Evelyn Offord, who married in 1914 in Edmonton, and had an elder brother, Alec Robert (1915–1994), and a younger sister, Mary Edith (1923–2005). Troughton attended Mill Hill School and continued to live in Mill Hill for most of his life. While at Mill Hill School, he acted in a production of J.B. Priestley's Bees on the Boat Deck in March 1937. His brother A.R. ('Robin') Troughton shared the 1933 Walter Knox Prize for Chemistry with the future Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick, who also attended Mill Hill School.
Troughton later attended the Embassy School of Acting at Swiss Cottage, studying under Eileen Thorndike. After his time at the Embassy School of Acting, Troughton won a scholarship to the Leighton Rallius Studios at the John Drew Memorial Theatre on Long Island in New York, US.
World War II
When the Second World War began, he returned home on a Belgian ship which struck a sea mine and sank off the coast of Great Britain, Troughton escaping in a lifeboat. In 1940, he joined the Royal Navy and was commissioned as a Lieutenant with the R.N.V.R., being first employed on East Coast Convoy duty from February to August 1941, and then with Coastal Forces' Motor Gun Boats based at Great Yarmouth from November 1942 to 1945. During his service with the M.G.B.'s, he was on one occasion involved in an action against Kriegsmarine E-boats which resulted in one of the enemy craft being destroyed by ramming, whilst Troughton's boat and another destroyed two more with their gunfire. His decorations included the 1939-45 Star, and Atlantic Star, and he was mentioned in dispatches. He used to wear a tea cosy on his head in cold weather in the North Sea.
Before Doctor Who
After the war, Troughton returned to the theatre in 1945. He worked with the Amersham Repertory Company, the Bristol Old Vic Company and the Pilgrim Players at the Mercury Theatre, Notting Hill Gate. He made his television debut in 1947. In 1948, Troughton made his cinema debut with small roles in Olivier's Hamlet, the Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed Escape (one of the stars of which was William Hartnell), and a minor role as a pirate in Treasure Island (1950) appearing only during the attack on the heroes' hut. Television though, was his favourite medium. In 1953 he became the first actor to play the folk hero Robin Hood on television, starring in six half-hour episodes broadcast from 17 March to 21 April on the BBC, and titled simply Robin Hood. His grandson Sam Troughton played one of Robin's colleagues in the 2006 BBC TV series of the same name, and Patrick himself would make an appearance in The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene. He appeared as the murderer Tyrrell in Olivier's film of Richard III (1955). He was also Olivier's understudy on the film and appears in many long shots as Richard.
Troughton's other notable film and television roles included Kettle in Chance of a Lifetime (1950), Sir Andrew Ffoulkes in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1955), Vickers in the episode entitled "Strange Partners" in The Invisible Man (1958, the series also featured one of his future Doctor Who co-stars, Deborah Watling, as Sally), Phineus in Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Quilp in The Old Curiosity Shop (1962), Paul of Tarsus (BBC 1960, title role), Dr. Finlay's Casebook (BBC 1962, semi-regular). He voiced Winston Smith in a 1965 BBC Home Service radio adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Prior to Doctor Who he appeared in numerous TV shows, including The Count of Monte Cristo, Ivanhoe, Dial 999, Danger Man, Maigret, Compact, The Third Man, Crane, Detective, Sherlock Holmes, No Hiding Place, The Saint, Armchair Theatre, The Wednesday Play, Z-Cars, Adam Adamant Lives! and Softly, Softly.
Doctor Who (1966–69, and returns)
In 1966, Doctor Who producer Innes Lloyd looked for a replacement for William Hartnell in the series' lead role. The continued survival of the show depended on audiences accepting another actor in the role, despite the bold decision that the replacement would not be a Hartnell lookalike or soundalike. Lloyd later stated that Hartnell had approved of the choice, saying, "There's only one man in England who can take over, and that's Patrick Troughton". Lloyd chose Troughton because of his extensive and versatile experience as a character actor. After he was cast, Troughton considered various ways to approach the role, to differentiate his portrayal from Hartnell's amiable-yet-tetchy patriarch. Troughton's early thoughts about how he might play the Doctor included a "tough sea captain", and a piratical figure in blackface and turban. Doctor Who creator Sydney Newman suggested that the Doctor could be a "cosmic hobo" in the mould of Charlie Chaplin, and this was the interpretation eventually chosen. Troughton was the first Doctor to have his face appear in the opening titles of the show. In one serial, The Enemy of the World, Troughton played two parts – as the protagonist (The Doctor) and the antagonist (Salamander).
During his time on the series, Troughton tended to shun publicity and rarely gave interviews. He told one interviewer, "I think acting is magic. If I tell you all about myself it will spoil it". Years later, he told another interviewer that his greatest concern was that too much publicity would limit his opportunities as a character actor after he left the role.
A rare interview with Ernest Thompson from Radio Times reveals that Troughton "always liked dressing up, and would have been happy as a school teacher as children keep one young". Troughton gave away the secret of what Jamie (Frazer Hines) wore underneath his kilt – "khaki shorts". Troughton was popular with both the production team and his co-stars. Producer Lloyd credited Troughton with a "leading actor's temperament. He was a father figure to the whole company and hence could embrace it and sweep it along with him". Troughton also gained a reputation on set as a practical joker.
Many of the early episodes in which Troughton appeared were among those discarded by the BBC (a full list of Doctor Who episodes missing from the BBC Archives is available here). Troughton found Doctor Who's schedule (at the time, 40 to 44 episodes per year) gruelling, and decided to leave the series in 1969, after three years in the role. This decision was also motivated in part by fear of being typecast. Troughton's decision would eventually become something of an unwritten law (the "Troughton Rule") among actors, to prevent one from becoming typecast in a particular role in a potentially long-running television programme.
Troughton returned to Doctor Who three times after formally leaving the programme, returning to the character more than any other actor who portrayed the Doctor after ending his regular connection with the series. The first of these occasions was in The Three Doctors, a 1973 serial celebrating the programme's 10th anniversary. Ten years later, Troughton overcame some reluctance to reprise his role and agreed to appear in the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors at the request of series producer John Nathan-Turner. He also agreed to attend Doctor Who conventions including the show's 20th anniversary celebrations at Longleat in 1983. He also appeared around the world with Nathan-Turner. Troughton enjoyed the return to the programme so much that he readily agreed to appear one more time as the Second Doctor, with Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor in The Two Doctors (1985). Reportedly, he also advised the Fifth Doctor, actor Peter Davison, to limit his time in the role to three seasons to avoid typecasting and the younger actor followed this advice.
In 2013, the BBC commissioned a docudrama about the early days of Doctor Who, as part of the programme's fiftieth anniversary celebrations. Troughton appears as a character in the production, called An Adventure in Space and Time, portrayed by actor Reece Shearsmith.
After Doctor Who
After Troughton left Doctor Who in 1969, he appeared in various films and television roles. Film roles included Clove in Scars of Dracula (1970), a bodysnatcher in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973), Father Brennan in The Omen (1976) and Melanthius in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). Television roles included the recurring role of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk in five of the six episodes of The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) (for which he commenced rehearsals just one week after completing his final studio recording on Doctor Who), the villainous Nasca in Thames Television's Aztec-themed drama The Feathered Serpent (1976–78), a guest starring spot in the comedy series The Goodies in the episode "The Baddies", as well as episodes of Paul Temple, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, Doomwatch, The Persuaders!, A Family at War, Coronation Street, Softly, Softly: Taskforce, Colditz, Play for Today, Z-Cars, Special Branch, Sutherland's Law, The Sweeney, Jason King, Survivors, Crown Court, Angels, Warship, Van der Valk, Space: 1999, The Onedin Line, All Creatures Great and Small, Only When I Laugh (Series 2 Episode #9), Nanny and Minder (in a March 1984 episode entitled Windows, Season 4 Episode 9). He also portrayed Cole Hawlings in a BBC Television dramatisation of the John Masefield children's book The Box of Delights (1984). In the same year he also appeared in a "Two Ronnies" Christmas Special playing a judge.
Troughton's health was never entirely robust and later in his life he refused to accept his doctor's advice that he had developed a serious heart condition through overwork and stress. He suffered two major heart attacks, one in 1979 and the other in 1984, both of which prevented him from working for several months afterwards. Following each of these attacks, his doctor's warnings were again ignored as Troughton committed himself to a heavy TV and film schedule.
He featured in the 1974 11-part radio adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour. In 1986, he was a regular in the first series of the LWT sitcom The Two of Us, and guested in an episode of Super Gran in May 1987, which was the last role he filmed. His final television appearance was in the autumn of the same year in Knights of God, which had actually been filmed two years earlier. Troughton also appeared in the first episode of Central Independent Television's Inspector Morse, entitled "The Dead of Jericho", which was originally transmitted on ITV on 6 January 1987.
Although he had been warned by his doctors before leaving the UK not to exert himself because of his heart condition, Troughton appeared to be in good spirits and participated vigorously in the day's panels, and was looking forward to a belated birthday celebration, which was planned for Saturday evening, as well as screenings of all of his surviving complete Doctor Who stories, including The Dominators, which Troughton was particularly eager to see again, on Saturday afternoon.
Troughton suffered a third and final heart attack at 7:25 AM the next day, just after ordering his breakfast from the hotel staff. According to the paramedics who were called, Troughton died instantly.
Troughton married his first wife Margaret in 1943. Troughton started living a double life when, just after the birth of his third child, he chose to leave Margaret and their three children (then aged eight, five, and a few months) in order to live with girlfriend Ethel Margaret "Bunny" Nuens. He maintained a deception of having stayed with his original family that was so successful that his own mother died unaware of the truth. While Troughton never married "Bunny", in 1976 he did marry Sheila Dunlop.
Troughton had two daughters, four sons, one stepdaughter, and one stepson:
- Joanna Troughton, author and illustrator of children's books (born 1947 to Patrick and Margaret)
- David Troughton, actor (born 1950 to Patrick and Margaret)
- Michael Troughton, actor (born 1955 to Patrick and Margaret)
- Jane Troughton (born 1956 to Patrick and "Bunny")
- Peter Patrick Troughton (born 1957 to Patrick and "Bunny")
- Mark Troughton, pastor of York Evangelical Church (born 1959 to Patrick and "Bunny")
Troughton's grandchildren include:
- Sam Troughton (son of David Troughton), an actor, known for Robin Hood.
- Jim Troughton (son of David Troughton), played professional cricket for Warwickshire
- Harry Melling (son of Joanna Melling, Troughton), an actor who played Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films.
|1948||Escape||Jim – a shepherd|
|Badger's Green||Jim Carter|
|1950||The Woman with No Name||Colin|
|Chance of a Lifetime||Kettle|
|The Franchise Affair||Bill Brough|
|1954||The Black Knight||King Mark|
|1956||1984||Man on Telescreen||Uncredited|
|1958||The Moonraker||Captain Wilcox|
|1962||The Phantom of the Opera||The Rat Catcher|
|1963||Jason and the Argonauts||Phineas|
|1964||The Black Torment||Ostler – Regis|
|The Gorgon||Inspector Kanof|
|1967||The Viking Queen||Tristram|
|1970||Scars of Dracula||Klove|
|1974||Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell||Bodysnatcher|
|1976||The Omen||Father Brennan|
|1977||Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger||Melanthius|
|1978||A Hitch in Time||Professor Wagstaff|
|Edward II||Baldock||TV movie|
|1948||King Lear||Edmund||TV movie|
|R.U.R.||Radius, a robot||TV movie|
|1950||The Whole World Over||Nicolai Nekin||TV movie|
|BBC Sunday-Night Theatre||Ptolemy
|Episode: "Adventure Story"
Episode: "The Family Reunion"
|1952||Kidnapped||Alan Breck||5 episodes|
|BBC Sunday-Night Theatre||Capt. Johnnie Brown||Episode: "Lines of Communication"|
|1953||Robin Hood||Robin Hood||6 episodes|
|Clementina||Charles Wogan||6 episodes|
|1955||BBC Sunday-Night Theatre||Sanchez||Episode: "Midsummer Fire"|
|1956||Kidnapped||Alan Breck||TV movie|
|The Count of Monte Cristo||The Ferret
|Episode: "The Island"
Episode: "The Portuguese Affair"
|The Scarlet Pimpernel||Sir Andrew Ffoulkes||15 episodes|
|One Family||The Tarman||2 episodes|
|Theatre Royal||Tailor||Episode: "The Ends of Justice"|
|BBC Sunday-Night Theatre||Cardinal Wolsey||Episode: "The White Falcon"|
|The Adventures of Robin Hood||Constable||Episode: "The Friar's Pilgrimage"|
|1957||Ordeal by Fire||La Hire||TV movie|
|Precious Bane||Gideon Sarn||6 episodes|
|Assignment Foreign Legion||Nadeau||Episode: "The Conquering Hero"|
|The Adventures of Robin Hood||Seneschal
Sir William Fitzwalter
|Episode: "Food for Thought"
Episode: "The Bandit of Brittany"
Episode: "The Shell Game"
Episode: "The Blackbird"
Episode: "The Dream"
|Sword of Freedom||Bastiano
Duke Di Luca
Episode: "The Tower"
Episode: "The Ambassador"
|1958||William Tell||Hanzler||Episode: "The Golden Wheel"|
|The Rebel Heiress||Roger Trevanion||TV movie|
|Queen's Champion||Don Alonzo||Episode: "The Edge of Defeat"|
|Ivanhoe||Vignole||Episode: "The Kidnapping"|
|The Dangerous Game||Philip Baker||Episode: "Pawns in the Game"|
|The New Adventures of Charlie Chan||Pete Wilson||Episode: "Something Old, Something New"|
|Sword of Freedom||Teofilo||Episode: "The School"|
|The Adventures of Robin Hood||Sir Boland||Episode: "Elixir of Youth"|
|Armchair Theatre||Ragnar Brovik||Episode: "The Master Builder"|
|1959||Three Golden Nobles||Mad Peter||Episode: "The Painter"|
|The History of Mr. Polly||Uncle Jim||2 episodes|
|H.G.Wells' Invisible Man||Vickers – Currie's Business Partner||Episode: "Strange Partners"|
|Interpol Calling||Sukru||Episode: "The Thirteen Innocents"|
|The Moonstone||Dark Stranger||1 episode|
|The Naked Lady||Bob Dyson||2 episodes|
|The Hill||Jesus||TV movie (voice)|
|The Scarf||Edward Collins||3 episodes|
|The Cabin in the Clearing||Simon Kenton||4 episodes|
|Dial 999||Bill Mace
|Episode: "Thames Division"
Episode: "50,000 Hands"
|The Flying Doctor||Ernie||Episode: "A Stranger in Distress"|
|BBC Sunday-Night Theatre||Barman||Episode: "Maigret and the Lost Life"|
|ITV Television Playhouse||Dermot Francis O'Flingsley||Episode: "Shadow and Substance"|
|The Four Just Men||Inspector Nardi||Episode: "The Night of the Precious Stones"|
|No Hiding Place||Blakey||Episode: "The Stalag Story"|
|1960||International Detective||Silversmith||Episode: "The Marino Case"|
|Danger Man||Brenner||Episode: "The Lonely Chair"|
|Paul of Tarsus||Paul
|Episode: "To the Gentiles"
Episode: "The Feast of Pentecost"
|The Adventures of Robin Hood||Sir Fulke Devereaux||Episode: "The Bagpiper"|
|The Four Just Men||Vito||Episode: "The Moment of Truth"|
|The True Mistery of the Passion||Judas||TV movie|
|The Splendid Spur||Captain Luke Settle||6 episodes|
|The Terrible Choice||Lucifer||2 episodes|
|BBC Sunday-Night Play||2nd Engineer||Episode: "Twentieth Century Theatre: The Insect Play"|
|No Hiding Place||Percy Clarke||Episode: "Two Blind Mice"|
|1961||Maigret||Gaston Meurant||Episode: "Raise Your Right Hand"|
|ITV Television Playhouse||J.j||Episode: "A Walk on the Water"|
|International Detective||Bela Davos||Episode: "The Martos Case"|
|Danger Man||Bart||Episode: "Bury the Dead"|
|No Hiding Place||Denger Wells||Episode: "Process of Elimination"|
|ITV Play of the Week||Spicer||Episode: "Soldier in the Snow"|
|1962||The Sword in the Web||Tournay||Episode: "The Alibi"|
|Harpers West One||Notril||1 episode|
|Man of the World||Thiboeuf||Episode: "Death of a Conference"|
|BBC Sunday-Night Play||Du Bose||Episode: "Sword of Vengeance"|
|Wuthering Heights||Hindley||TV movie|
|Episode: "Musical Evening"
Episode: "Efficiency Expert"
|Sir Francis Drake||Gazio||Episode: "The Bridge"|
|ITV Play of the Week||Prince||Episode: "Freedom in September"|
|Dr. Finlay's Casebook||Alex Dean||Episode: "Snap Diagnosis"|
|1962–1963||The Old Curiosity Shop||Daniel Quilp||11 episodes|
|1963||The Sentimental Agent||Sheikh||Episode: "The Scroll of Islam"|
|Espionage||John McBride||Episode: "He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday"|
|No Cloak – No Dagger||Trev|
|Lorna Doone||Judge Jeffreys||Episode: "A Summons to London"|
|1964||The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling||Mr. Bronckhurst||Episode: "The Bronckhurst Divorce Case11"|
|Artists' Notebooks||William Hogarth||Episode: "William Hogarth (1697–1764)"|
|HMS Paradise||Capt. Ahab Rudlow||Episode: "Thar's Gold in Them Thar Holes"|
|Thorndyke||Frank Belfield||Episode: "The Old Lag"|
|Smuggler's Bay||Ratsey||5 episodes|
|The Third Man||Luigi Carvossa||Episode: "A Question in Ice"|
|Detective||Jasper Shrig||Episode: "The Loring Mystery"|
|The Midnight Men||Skoder||Episode: "The Man from Miditz"|
|Crane||Hugo Krantz||Episode: "Man Without a Past"|
|The Saint||Police Inspector||Episode: "The Romantic Matron"|
|Z-Cars||Jack Carter||Episode: "Inside Job"|
|1964–1966||Dr. Finlay's Casebook||Miller/Mr. Miller||5 episodes|
|1965||No Hiding Place||Old Starr||Episode: "The Street"|
|A Tale of Two Cities||Dr. Manette||10 episodes|
|The Wednesday Play||Lord Fountain||Episode: "And Did Those Feet?"|
|Sherlock Holmes||Mortimer Tregennis||Episode: "Episode: The Devil's Foot"|
|ITV Play of the Week||Manservant
|Episode: "The Misunderstanding"
Episode: "The Challenging"
|Thirty-Minute Theatre||Stuart Pendleton||Episode: "Give the Clown His Supper"|
|1966||Adam Adamant Lives!||General Mongerson||Episode: "D for Destruction"|
|The Saint||Insp. Gambetti||Episode: "Interlude in Venice"|
|Softly Softly||Bellamy||Episode: "Best Out of Three"|
|ITV Play of the Week||Jacob Manning||Episode: "The First Thunder"|
|Armchair Theatre||Pete||Episode: "The Battersea Miracle"|
|David Copperfield||Pawnbroker||Episode: "The Long Journey"|
|This Man Craig||Alec MacGregor||Episode: "A Wise Father"|
|The Liars||Pipe Smoker||1 episode|
|1966–1969||Doctor Who||The Doctor||118 episodes|
|1967–1968||Doctor Who||Salamander||6 episodes|
|1970||Little Women||Mr. March||4 episodes|
|Dr. Finlay's Casebook||Jack Baird||Episode: "Dust"|
|ITV Playhouse||Mr. Fidler||Episode: "Don't Touch Him, He Might Resent It"|
|Paul Temple||Colonel Harp||Episode: "Swan Song for Colonel Harp"|
|The Six Wives of Henry VIII||Duke of Norfolk||5 episodes|
|1970–1972||A Family at War||Harry Porter||9 episodes|
|1971||Softly, Softly: Task Force||Ernie Johnson||Episode: "Better Than Doing Porridge"|
|The Persuaders!||Count Marceau||Episode: "The Old, the New, and the Deadly"|
|ITV Sunday Night Theatre||Reilly||Episode: "Square One"|
|Out of the Unknown||Jimmy Reed||Episode: "The Chopper"|
|Thirty-Minute Theatre||Justley||Episode: "Jilly"|
|On the House||Doctor Stanley||2 episodes|
|Doomwatch||Lyon McArthur / Alan McArthur||Episode: "In the Dark"|
|Owen, M.D.||Charlie Lynch||2 Episodes: "Where There's Smoke"|
|1972||Colditz||Padre||Episode: "The Traitor"|
|The Protectors||Bela Karoleon||Episode: "Brother Hood"|
|The Main Chance||Frederick Owen||Episode: "Acting for Self"|
|The Befrienders||Jim Goody||Episode: "Fallen Star"|
|Jason King||Bennett||Episode: "That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else"|
|The Goodies||Dr. Petal||Episode: "The Baddies"|
|1972–1973||Doctor Who||The Doctor||4 episodes|
|1973||Hawkeye, the Pathfinder||Uncle Cap||5 episodes|
|Ego Hugo||Lahorie / Biard||TV movie|
|Owen, M.D.||Victor Darlington||Episode: "You Don't Get Me"|
|Whoops Baghdad!||Tambalane the Tartar||Episode: "Ali and the Thieves"|
|Jackanory||Storyteller||5 Episodes: "The Three Toymakers"|
|Z-Cars||Pressure of Work||Bob Parker|
|1974||Charles Dickens' World of Christmas||?||TV movie|
|Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill||Benjamin Disraeli
Episode: "Lady Randolph"
|Coronation Street||George Barton||2 episodes|
|Sutherland's Law||Fergusson||Episode: "Who Cares"|
|Village Hall||Bill Lester||Episode: "The Magic Sponge"|
|Special Branch||Professor Frederick Denny||Episode: "Alien"|
|Crown Court||John Fisher||3 episodes|
|1975||Crown Court||Joseph Molloy||3 episodes|
|The Sweeney||Reg Crofts||Episode: "Hit and Run"|
|Z-Cars||Councillor Barwell||2 episodes|
|Churchill's People||Hainault||Episode: "Silver Giant, Wooden Dwarf"|
|Thriller||Lyall||Episode: "Nurse Will Make It Better"|
|1976||Lorna Doone||Counsellor Doone||5 episodes|
|Angels||George Moore||Episode: "Decision"|
|Survivors||John Millen||Episodes: "Parasites"|
|Our Mutual Friend||Rogue Riderhood||1 episode|
|Play for Today||Victor Marsden||Episode: "Love Letters on Blue Paper"|
|1976–1978||The Feathered Serpent||Nasca||12 episodes|
|1977||The Dick Emery Christmas Show: The Texas Connection||Potter||TV movie|
|Space: 1999||Archon||Episode: "The Dorcons"|
|Treasure Island||Israel Hands||4 episodes|
|BBC2 Play of the Week||Rear Admiral Markham||Episode: "The Sinking of HMS Victoria"|
|Van der Valk||Father Bosch||Episode: "Accidental"|
|Yanks Go Home||Lubbock||Episode: "The Game of the Name"|
|Warship||Robertson||Episode: "Robertson Crusoe"|
|1978||Edward & Mrs. Simpson||Clement Attlee||3 episodes|
|The Devil's Crown||William Marshal||5 episodes|
|Horizon||Commentator||Episode: "Light of the 21st Century"|
|1979||Suez 1956||Sir Walter Monckton||TV movie|
|The Onedin Line||Uncredited||Episode: "The Suitor"|
|The Famous Five||Mr. Stick||Episode: "Five Run Away Together"|
|1980||Only When I Laugh||Perkins||Episode: "Where There's a Will"|
|All Creatures Great and Small||Roddy||Episode: "Hair of the Dog"|
|Play for Today||Judge Barnes-Ritchie||Episode: "No Defence"|
|1981||John Diamond||Joseph K'Nee||TV movie|
|Tales from the Thousand and One Nights||The Swindler||TV movie|
|Play for Today||Commodore Londonderry||Episode: "PQ17"|
|1981–1982||Nanny||Mr. Jessop||5 episodes|
|1982||Foxy Lady||J.P. Schofield||2 episodes|
|Shine on Harvey Moon||Wilf||Episode: "The Course of True Love"|
|BBC2 Playhouse||William Pierce||Episode: "The Pigman's Protege"|
|King's Royal||Father Campbell||2 episodes|
|1983||Dramarama||The Instructor||Episode: "The Young Person's Guide to Getting Their Ball Back"|
|Play for Today||Malcolm||Episode: "Reluctant Chickens"|
|The Cleopatras||Sextus||Episode: "100 BC"|
|Doctor Who||The Doctor||Episode: "The Five Doctors"|
|1984||The Two Ronnies||Mileaway Villager
Episode: "1984 Christmas Special"
|The Box of Delights||Cole Hawlings||3 episodes|
|Swallows and Amazons Forever!: The Big Six||Harry Bangate||TV movie|
|Minder||Joe Mancini||Episode: "Windows"|
|Amy||Lord Rothermere||TV movie|
|1985||Summer Season||Gerald||Episode: "Long Term Memory"|
|Doctor Who||The Doctor||3 episodes|
|1986||The Two of Us||Perce||5 episodes|
|1987||Knights of God||Arthur||13 episodes|
|Super Gran||Great Sporran of the Isles||Episode: "Supergran and the Heir Apparent"|
|Yesterday's Dreams||Jack||4 episodes|
|Inspector Morse||George Jackson||Episode: "The Dead of Jericho"|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||The Doctor||Voice|
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