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Lynda Bellingham: a life in clips

20 October 2014 1:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor and presenter, who has died aged 66, was famous for her role as the Oxo mum, but also starred in Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small and The Bill, and hosted Loose Women

The actor and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who has died aged 66, enjoyed a long and varied career on British television. In addition to her iconic Oxo mum role in the long-running adverts, and her presenting stint on the chat show Loose Women, she also had roles in iconic shows such as Z Cars, Doctor Who, The Sweeney and The Professionals. Here are some of her finest small-screen moments.

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Brian Blessed turned down Doctor Who role

5 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Brian Blessed has revealed he turned down the role of 'Doctor Who'. The British actor was approached to take on the iconic role in the mid-60s when First Doctor William Hartnell was about to be replaced in the Tardis. However, he declined due to other work commitments meaning the BBC went on to cast Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. In an interview with Radio Times magazine, Blessed revealed: ''After I was in 'Z Cars', the head of BBC serials took me aside and said, 'We're thinking of having a young Doctor Who and we'd like to cast you'. But it clashed with »

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Brian Blessed turned down Doctor Who lead

5 August 2014 2:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brian Blessed was approached to take on the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who, the quiet actor has revealed...

Oh, how history could have been so very different. Brian Blessed popped up in Doctor Who once upon a time, in the Colin Baker adventure Mindwarp (which in turn was part of The Trial Of A Time Lord). But in a new interview with the Radio Times, he's revealed he was once upon a time offered the role of the Doctor - but he had to turn it down.

Blessed said that he declined the chance to take on the role of the Time Lord in the mid-1960s, which hints that he was in line to take over from William Hartnell, rather than Patrick Troughton. He said that "after I was in Z Cars, the head of BBC serials took me aside and said, 'we’re thinking of having »

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Brian Blessed: 'I turned down lead Doctor Who role in the '60s'

4 August 2014 8:56 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Brian Blessed has revealed that he was approached to play The Doctor in the '60s, but turned it down because he was too busy.

The 77-year-old actor - who guest starred as King Yrcanos in 1986 - said that he would "jump" at the chance to play the Doctor Who Time Lord now.

"After I was in Z Cars, the head of BBC serials took me aside and said, 'We're thinking of having a young Doctor Who and we'd like to cast you'," he told Radio Times. "But it clashed with other things."

Blessed would have replaced William Hartnell in the lead role, but Patrick Troughton eventually succeeded him in 1966.

The actor went on to suggest that the BBC should transform The Doctor into an Asian female in the future.

"I think they need to re-examine his surname - 'Who' is very oriental. It's about time they had an Asian actor as The Doctor. »

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Suzi Perry credits Gadget Show for her marriage

4 August 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Brian Blessed has revealed he turned down the role of 'Doctor Who'. The British actor was approached to take on the iconic role in the mid-60s when First Doctor William Hartnell was about to be replaced in the Tardis. However, he declined due to other work commitments meaning the BBC went on to cast Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. In an interview with Radio Times magazine, Blessed revealed: ''After I was in 'Z Cars', the head of BBC serials took me aside and said, 'We're thinking of having a young Doctor Who and we'd like to cast you'. But it clashed with »

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Dr Who: films of Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy

15 April 2014 2:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Alex Westthorp 16 Apr 2014 - 07:00

Alex's trek through the film roles of actors who've played the Doctor reaches Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy...

Read the previous part in this series, Doctor Who: the film careers of Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker, here.

In March 1981, as he made his Doctor Who debut, Peter Davison was already one the best known faces on British television. Not only was he the star of both a BBC and an ITV sitcom - Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort - but as the young and slightly reckless Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small, about the often humorous cases of Yorkshire vet James Herriot and his colleagues, he had cemented his stardom. The part led, indirectly, to his casting as the venerable Time Lord.

The recently installed Doctor Who producer, John Nathan-Turner, had been the Production Unit Manager on »

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R.I.P. ‘Doctor Who’ Helmer Derek Martinus

29 March 2014 4:20 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The British director responsible for a number of well-known early stories in sci-fi series Doctor Who died Thursday. He was 82. Derek Martinus had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, his family told the BBC. Active at the Doctor Who helm between 1965 and 1970 during the tenures of three different Doctors, his credits on the long-running BBC show include the Mission to the Unknown, The Tenth Planet, The Evil of the Daleks, and The Ice Warriors episodes, as well as the show’s first serial to be filmed in color, The Spearhead From Space. During his career the Yale-educated Martinus helmed episodes of A Little Princess, Z Cars, Blakes 7, Penmarric, and Spearhead and also directed the 1968 version of Henry JamesWhat Maisie Knew and the miniseries The Black Tulip. »

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Doctor Who director Derek Martinus dies, aged 82

28 March 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Derek Martinus has died, aged 82.

Martinus was best known for his directing work on Doctor Who - helming 26 episodes of the BBC sci-fi drama in all.

His efforts included William Hartnell's final story 'The Tenth Planet' (1966) and Jon Pertwee's first outing 'Spearhead From Space' (1970).

1965's 'Galaxy 4', 1967's 'The Evil of the Daleks' and the same year's 'The Ice Warriors' were his other three contributions.

Born on April 4, 1931, Martinus studied at Yale Drama School and worked as an actor, before turning his attentions to a career as a director.

His credits include episodes of Blakes 7 and Z Cars and award-winning children's drama The Paper Lads.

Doctor Who director Christopher Barry dies, aged 88

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Christopher Barry obituary

17 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Television director who worked on Doctor Who for 16 years and was at the helm when the Daleks made their first appearance

Christopher Barry, who has died aged 88, directed many notable television series, ranging from science fiction to historical dramas and literary adaptations. At the heart of his work was a 16-year association with Doctor Who.

It began in 1963, with the inaugural appearance of the Daleks – the metallic creatures who would become the most enduring monsters in the show's history. Of Barry's remaining stories with the first Doctor, William Hartnell, The Romans (1965) was an exercise in knockabout comedy, and The Savages (1966, though now lost) a thoughtful morality tale.

When ill health compelled Hartnell to hand over the part of the Doctor to Patrick Troughton, Barry worked closely with the incoming actor, who was initially unsure how to play the part. The resulting adventure, The Power of the Daleks (1966, though again lost »

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Christopher Barry obituary

17 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Television director who worked on Doctor Who for 16 years and was at the helm when the Daleks made their first appearance

Christopher Barry, who has died aged 88, directed many notable television series, ranging from science fiction to historical dramas and literary adaptations. At the heart of his work was a 16-year association with Doctor Who.

It began in 1963, with the inaugural appearance of the Daleks – the metallic creatures who would become the most enduring monsters in the show's history. Of Barry's remaining stories with the first Doctor, William Hartnell, The Romans (1965) was an exercise in knockabout comedy, and The Savages (1966, though now lost) a thoughtful morality tale.

When ill health compelled Hartnell to hand over the part of the Doctor to Patrick Troughton, Barry worked closely with the incoming actor, who was initially unsure how to play the part. The resulting adventure, The Power of the Daleks (1966, though again lost »

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Classic Director Christopher Barry Dies

11 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

James Lomond is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Christopher Barry, who put together some of Doctor Who‘s most wonderful moments, passed away last Friday 7th February at the age of 88 at his home in Oxfordshire. Barry was a television director who worked on some of the UK’s best loved dramas including Z Cars, Poldark and All Creatures Great and Small alongside some

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Doctor Who thing: Rip classic-era director Christopher Barry

10 February 2014 4:49 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Sad news from the Doctor Who family today. Via Doctor Who News, we learn of the death of prolific classic-era director Christopher Barry at the age of 89. How important was Barry to creating the legend of the show? Doctor Who News:

Barry joined the Doctor Who team in the late summer of 1963, when he was assigned to direct the second story, The Daleks, replacing Rex Tucker who had left after artistic differences with producer Verity Lambert. The script he would bring to life would see the introduction of the Daleks and ensure the success of the fledgling series. Barry would end up directing episodes 1,2,4 and 5 of the story, creating the ‘sink-plunger’ cliff hanger at the end of episode 1 which would see the nation on the edge of their seats until the full revelation of the Dalek machine in episode 2.

That important. Barry would go on to direct some of the most-loved serials, »

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Doctor Who director Christopher Barry dies, aged 88

10 February 2014 3:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Doctor Who director Christopher Barry has died, aged 88.

Barry began his TV directing career in the 1950s and helmed some of Doctor Who's most iconic episodes.

The longest-serving director on the original run of Doctor Who, Barry's credits include the Daleks' first appearance in 1963's 'The Dead Planet'.

He also directed Patrick Troughton's first outing - 1966's 'The Power of the Daleks' - and Tom Baker's debut - 1975's 'Robot'.

Barry's final Doctor Who work was 1979's 'The Creature from the Pit', and he was also renowned for his work on Z Cars, Poldark, All Creatures Great and Small and The Tripods.

Since retired, Barry was residing in Oxfordshire at the time of his death. »

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