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'Doctor Who': 'Star Wars' actor Garrick Hagon joins cast

13 March 2012 2:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Garrick Hagon has won a guest role in the next series of Doctor Who. The actor - best known for playing Biggs in 1977's Star Wars - is currently shooting on the sci-fi drama in Spain. Genshiken Spain, organisers of the FreakCon convention, wrote on Twitter: "Garrick Hagon, our guest at FreakCon, is currently shooting in Almeria, filming a series of Doctor Who." Guest actor Rob Cavazos later added: "I am currently working with an actor who was in the first Star Wars film. I am by no means a fanboy, but that's still pretty awesome!" Hagon previously appeared in Doctor Who in 1972, playing a guest role in the Jon Pertwee story 'The Mutants'. His additional credits include '70s BBC drama Colditz, 1977's James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and 2005's (more) »

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Your next box set: Colditz

31 January 2012 6:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The escape planning is rigorous and ingenious, the execution fraught with danger and full of tension. This 1972 series set in the infamous PoW camp never failed to grip

Major Pat Reid was the head of the escape committee at Colditz, the castle near Leipzig used by the Nazis as a PoW camp, and the war hero's input on this 1972 BBC series gave it an extraordinary level of authenticity. Sure, most of the names have been changed, many of the characters are composites and a few of Reid's fellow captives complained about his loose loyalty to actual events – but the day-to-day details, the daring escape attempts and the dynamic between captive and captor all ring true. And Reid did actually escape, crossing the border into Switzerland in 1942.

A co-production between the BBC and Universal Studios (highly unusual at the time), Colditz is a fine example of why British TV was considered »

- Phelim O'Neill

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