The DWC are sad to report the passing of Trevor Martin, the first actor to play the Doctor on stage, who died aged 87.
Martin first appeared in Doctor Who in 1969, playing a Time Lord in the final Second Doctor serial The War Games. However, he was best known for playing the Doctor on stage at the Adelphi Theatre, London in Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday.
In the 1974 play, which was written by Terrance Dicks, Martin essayed the role of an alternative Fourth Doctor, who made his TV debut in the form of Tom Baker during the run of the play.
The Doctor’s companions were played by Wendy Padbury and James Matthews.
Martin would later reprise the role in a 2008 audio adaptation of the play from Big Finish.
Away from Doctor Who, Martin was a beloved TV actor with roles in the likes of Three Golden Nobles, Orlando, Jackanory, The Tragedy of King Richard II, Z Cars, Armchair Thriller, Inspector Morse, Coronation Street and The Bill. He has also been seen recently appearing as Mr Giddings in an episode of Call the Midwife.
His film roles include Othello, Absolution, Krull, The House of Mirth, Babel, and A Little Bit Zombie.
The DWC would like to offer our condolences to his friends and family at this difficult time.