He played Ferdinand in a Caedmon Audio presentation of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with Michael Redgrave, Hugh Griffith, Vanessa Redgrave, Anna Massey, Edward Atienza, Cyril Luckman, Peter Woodthorpe, Robert Hardy, Alec McCowen, and Ronnie Baker in the cast.
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[2011, on why he did King Ralph
(1991)] Well, the coffers run low every now and then. And my friend Peter O'Toole
was doing it, the idea wasn't so bad, and I was a big admirer of John Goodman
. But I have to say, the director [David S. Ward
], who I believe is a good writer, is not a good director. He really did make the whole thing turgid and difficult. It looked like it would be a lot of fun, but...
When he appeared as the War Doctor in the 50th anniversary special, he was not the first actor to play an alternative incarnation of the Doctor. Michael Jayston
had played the Valeyard in the original series, Doctor Who
(1963), in 1986, who was an amalgamation of the Doctor's darker sides from between his twelfth and final incarnations.
Frequently played characters who suffer physical torment