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10 Worst Guest Stars In Doctor Who History

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Doctor Who has a fine tradition of casting excellent guest stars right from the start. The black and white years were graced by high calibre thespians such as Julian Glover in The Crusade and well known actors such as Peter Butterworth as the Meddling Monk and Bernard Bresslaw as Varga the Ice Warrior. The colour years were also graced by some classy guest artists. Who could forget Philip Madoc’s Solon in The Brain of Morbius or Tony Bentley’s sublime Harrison Chase in The Seeds of Doom? Even when the show was regarded to be on its last legs, it could boast talent such as Ian Hogg, Honor Blackman, Pamela Salem and Sheila Hancock.

Since its revival, NuWho has managed to garner an even more impressive roster of talent. From Derek Jacobi’s one off Master, Hugh Bonneville’s pirate captain, Dougray Scott’s professor and Sarah Parish’s unforgettable Racnoss Queen,
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TV loves a tragic standup - but who's next?

We've had Kenneth Williams, Kenny Everett, Frankie Howerd and Steptoe and Son now Tommy Cooper is getting the tears-of-a-clown dramatic treatment

Does it sometimes seem to you that television bosses are working their way through a list "TV comedians, 1950-85" when they commission their biopics? How far down the list are they prepared to go? We've had Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howerd; will we get Kenneth Connor and Peter Butterworth? We've had Tony Hancock; will we get Charlie Drake? This Monday, ITV treats us to the untold story of Tommy Cooper.

The tabloids were mildly perturbed by the news that Simon Nye's drama "reveals" the fez-clad clown as a behind-the-scenes alcoholic and wife-beater.

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Doctor Who: the film careers of William Hartnell & Jon Pertwee

Feature Alex Westthorp 28 Mar 2014 - 07:00

In a new series, Alex talks us through the film roles of the actors who've played the Doctor. First up, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee...

We know them best as the twelve very different incarnations of the Doctor. But all the actors who've been the star of Doctor Who, being such good all-rounders in the first place, have also had film careers. Admittedly, some CVs are more impressive than others, but this retrospective attempts to pick out some of the many worthwhile films which have starred, featured or seen a fleeting cameo by the actors who would become (or had been) the Doctor.

William Hartnell was, above all else, a film star. He is by far the most prolific film actor of the main twelve to play the Time Lord. With over 70 films to his name, summarising Hartnell's film career is difficult at best.
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Win: The Great Escape On Blu-Ray

This year, The Great Escape celebrates its golden anniversary. To honor the 50th anniversary of that film’s release, we’ve compiled 50 interesting facts about the film, actors, the true story, the novel and more, and we’re giving two lucky North American readers the chance to win the anniversary blu-ray of the film.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to announce that The Great Escape will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time on May 7, 2013. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is “a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs” (Variety). In 1943, the Germans opened a maximum-security prison-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. By doing so, they unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history – brilliantly portrayed by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn – who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted.

Butterworth Remembers Beloved Mum Brown

British actor Tyler Butterworth has paid tribute to his actress mother Janet Brown following her death on Friday.

The 87-year-old star, known for her impersonations of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, passed away in her sleep at a nursing home in Hove, south east England, following a short illness.

Brown is survived by Butterworth, her son by late Carry On star Peter Butterworth, and he has now spoken out in his grief to remember his beloved mum.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I'll miss her terribly. She was a devoted mother, and a devoted grandmother - my son will miss her terribly, too. But we are terribly lucky to be left with all these incredible memories of her. She was wonderful to be around and she worked incredibly hard.

"I remember how she used to say that people responded to her in a different way as soon as she put on her Thatcher wig - it was strangely empowering. Occasionally people would heckle when she played Thatcher, but she joked that being in character gave her an uncanny ability to shoot people down with a razor-sharp comeback. She loved playing Mrs T.

"She will always be remembered for Mrs Thatcher, but I will always remember her from earlier when we travelled with her as she worked summer seasons at resorts and pantomime at Christmas. It was tremendous fun and we had a wonderful time."

Veteran Actress Brown Dies

British comedy actress Janet Brown has died at the age of 87.

The veteran star, known for her impersonations of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, passed away in her sleep at a nursing home in Hove, south east England. Her death comes following a short illness, according to her agent Susan Angel.

Brown began her career in the 1930s, but it wasn't until the 1970s that she really found fame, showing off her impersonation skills during appearances on The Mike Yarwood Show.

Her Thatcher spoof was so good, she was cast as the leading politician in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only in 1981.

She later starred in British TV dramas such as Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Hotel Babylon.

Brown, who was married to late Carry On star Peter Butterworth, is survived by their actor son Tyler Butterworth.

Comic and actor Janet Brown dies

Brown, familiar to millions of TV viewers for her impressions of Margaret Thatcher on the Mike Yarwood Show, has died aged 87

Janet Brown, the comic and actor who became familiar to millions of TV viewers for her impressions of Margaret Thatcher, has died aged 87.

Brown, who shot to fame impersonating the then prime minister on the Mike Yarwood Show, also played Lady Thatcher in the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only, opposite Roger Moore.

In a career going back to the 1930s, Brown worked with stars including Hughie Green, Tony Hancock and George Cole.

But it was for the Mike Yarwood Show, on BBC and then ITV in the late 1970s and 1980s, that she will be remembered.

More recently she appeared in television shows including ITV1's Midsomer Murders and BBC1's Casualty and Hotel Babylon. She was also a regular voice on BBC Radio 2's News Huddlines,
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Alt.TV – 5/4/10

Are you bored of the same old TV shows? Tired of the mainstream? Then check out this round-up of alternative movies and series showing on UK television tonight…

8.00pm Haunted (The Horror Channel)

Following the abduction of his son, Frank Taylor (Lost’s Matthew Fox) is sent to investigate another case of child abduction and is seriously injured whilst trying to apprehend the suspect. On recovering, he discovers that he can receive messages from kindly spirits, but the malevolent presence of the dead suspect plagues him. Season One, episode 1.

9.00pm Carry On Screaming (ITV3)

The Carry On team’s foray into the world of horror films remains one of their finest send-ups, with loving references to a slew of classic horror films combined with the usual mix of excruciating puns. Albert Potter (Jim Dale) is necking with his girlfriend Doris Mann (Angela Douglas) when she is mysteriously abducted, the latest
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Patrick Stewart May Make it So

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What was first discounted as a rumor has gained heft and may actually be a reality. Actor Patrick Stewart may well be beaming aboard the Tardis for the next season of Doctor Who.

According to a report in the UK’s Daily Star, Stewart has reportedly been offered the role of the Meddling Monk, a Time Lord once featured on the series. Apparently the BBC has offered him the role and are willing to wait for Stewart's schedule to clear so it may happen for one of the 2009 specials or the new season beginning in 2010.

British fans have been treated to David Tennant, the current Doctor, and Stewart, formerly known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, performing Hamlet together. The two have become fast friends and Stewart is an avowed fan of the series.

The Monk was introduced as someone who encountered the first Doctor, back in the early 1960s. As portrayed by Peter Butterworth,
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