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The Doctor Who Column: Rules for guest actors

15 March 2012 3:30 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Time's a healer, so they say. Well whoever “they” are, “they” must have got their facts wrong, since time is anything but a benign presence. Time brings two spectres of evil: Old age, with its saggy, wrinkly skin, creaking bones and chilblains. And of course, death. It's inevitable of course, but that still doesn't make a loss of life any easier for that person's friends and family.

Between them, Halliday, Chinnery and Madoc have graced many iconic TV programmes for the past 50 years, whether it's A For Andromeda, The Champions, The Avengers, The Goodies or Casualty. They were the sort of actors who turn up in these programmes and you'd go “Oh yeah, it's that guy again...” So of course, it's no real surprise that their CVs contained Doctor Who. I actually read an obituary for Madoc the other day which snootily said something along the lines of 'Madoc appeared »

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Peter Halliday obituary

27 February 2012 5:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor Peter Halliday, who has died aged 87, was best known for playing the scientist John Fleming in the BBC's cult sci-fi series A for Andromeda (1961), co-starring Julie Christie, and its sequel, The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962), with Susan Hampshire. He also portrayed a number of characters in Doctor Who in the 1960s and 70s, including Packer in the serial The Invasion.

Peter was born near Llangollen, north-east Wales. When he was five, his family moved to Welshpool in Powys. He attended Oswestry school in Shropshire and, aged 18, was called up by the army. He spent three and a half years in Iraq, Palestine and Egypt. He auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and, much to his surprise, was accepted; he started his studies upon leaving the army.

He enjoyed his time at Rada and became friends with Patricia Hitchcock, the daughter of Alfred Hitchcock. He taught her about cricket »

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British TV Star Halliday Dead At 87

24 February 2012 2:56 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran British TV star Peter Halliday has died, aged 87.

The Welsh-born actor, who is best known for his starring role in 1960s sci-fi drama A for Andromeda, spent almost 60 years in showbusiness.

Halliday became a professional actor after serving in World War II. He joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England in 1950 and worked alongside great thespians like Richard Burton and Sir Ralph Richardson.

During his career, he appeared on cult TV shows Dr Who, The Sweeney, The Saint and The Avengers.

He also featured in the films The Swordsman and Remains of the Day.

His final movie was 2005's star-studded Lassie, in which he played a vicar. »

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