Peter Miles (1929 – 2018)

The DWC are sad to report that the actor Peter Miles has died at the age of 89.

Miles made three memorable appearances in Doctor Who.

In 1970 he played Dr. Lawrence in the second Third Doctor serial The Silurians. Lawrence was the director of the Wenley Moor nuclear research facility, who refused to aid UNIT’s investigations before he met a memorable end when he succumbed to the Silurian virus.

His next appearance was in the 1974 serial Invasion of the Dinosaurs, playing the part of Professor Whitaker, the scientist who flooded London with dinosaurs. He too met a memorable end when he was transported back to his desired ‘golden age’.

Miles last appearance was perhaps his finest work. In 1975 he appeared in the classic Fourth Doctor serial, Genesis of the Daleks, as the chilling Nyder, second-in-command to Davros and holy responsible for one of the coldest moments in the shows history, when he reveals his duplicitous nature to the rebels.

It was a role he relished and one he returned to in the Big Finish audio play Guilt and in two versions of the stage play The Trial of Davros. He also appeared in the 1993 BBC Radio Third Doctor play, The Paradise of Death, playing Tragan alongside Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen, as well as several Big Finish Productions.

Miles had a distinguished TV career appearing in the likes of Softly Softly, Dixon of Dock Green, Paul Temple, Colditz, Moonbase 3, Within These Walls, New Scotland Yard, Survivors, Poldark, The Eagle Has Landed, Z Cars, Warship, Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic, Blake’s 7 and Bergerac.

The news of his passing was confirmed by his official twitter account.

No, thank you Peter Miles.

The DWC extends its deepest condolences to his friends and family at this difficult time.