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Changing the Face of Doctor Who

August 13th, 2015 (03:12 am)

I seem to be reviewing for the Doctor Who News Page again, despite having said I wouldn't until another piece was done for another publication - let alone the demands of work. Here is something on Colin Brockhurst's fan art work, Changing the Face of Doctor Who - an alternative look at Doctor Who history, from Geoffrey Bayldon to Rik Mayall.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2015/08/13/changing-the-face-of-doctor-who.html.

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Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: August 13th, 2015 08:22 am (UTC)
Tarkin (animated)

Ooh, those are nice. Nice review too.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 13th, 2015 11:08 am (UTC)

Your icon is appropriate given the work presumes a long association with Doctor Who for Peter Cushing as the Master, facing Ron Moody in 1971 and still being around to combat Richard Griffiths in 1982.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: August 13th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
cyberleader

Out of interest, when he says "some who were merely considered, some who were approached and one who should have been", which are which?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 13th, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
RegenGirl

From memory:

Geoffrey Bayldon was approached for discussion in 1963.

Brian Blessed was approached in 1966 (and again in 1991 for a possible independent production of the series, which got as far as Blessed having his picture taken outside the TARDIS prop).

Ron Moody was approached in 1969, and declined.

Graham Crowden was approached in 1974, but said he would only do one year.

Richard Griffiths was approached in 1980, but was too busy.

Richard O'Brien was not considered for the role at any point, but was a popular fan choice in the 1980s/90s. (Andrew Sachs and Nabil Shaban were among the actors who pursued the role at this point, IIRC, but Colin Baker had been cast before Peter Davison's casting was announced.)

Ken Campbell auditioned for the role in 1987, but was already aware that Sylvester McCoy was John Nathan-Turner's first choice, and allegedly skewed his audition accordingly to scare Jonathan Powell away from him.

Rik Mayall was on the very long list of candidates for the eighth Doctor in the 1990s, but there's no evidence he reached audition stage.



Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: August 13th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)
dalek

Were the various "approached" on the basis of "The part is yours if you want it" or more like "We're talking to a few actors; could you come in for an audition?"?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 13th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)

Varies from case to case: I think Moody, Crowden and Griffiths were in or close to the part being theirs if they wanted it, Bayldon was invited for interview rather than offered the part, and the 1966 approach to Blessed was I think very exploratory.