William Lucas 1925 – 2016

The DWC are sad to report the passing off actor William Lucas, who passed away aged 91.

William Lucas played Range in the 1984 Doctor Who story Frontios. It was a role he took over shortly before the story was recorded following the murder of the original actor Peter Arne.

Lucas was perhaps best known for the role of Dr James Gordon in the TV series The Adventures of Black Beauty, which ran on ITV from 1972-1974. Continuing the story of the horse from Anne Sewell’s novel, the show regularly topped TV charts with its iconic theme tune. In 1990 he returned to his most famous role playing Dr Gordon in The New Adventures of Black Beauty.

He began his career in 1948 as an assistant stage manager at Chesterfield civic theatre. He worked for several years in repertory before his television breakthrough in 1955 playing a blackmailing car dealer in the crime thriller Portrait of Alison. He reprised the role for the film version the same year.

Lucas was a regular fixture on TV for the next 40 years, appearing in the likes of The Infamous John Friend, Flower of Evil, Days of Vengeance and The Prior Commitment. He had regular roles in Coronation Street as well as the ill-fated El Dorado, which was produced by Cinema Verity, the company owned by Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert.

He also made appearances in The Bill, Last of the Summer Wine, and Doctors.

William Lucas passed away Friday 8th July. He is survived by his second wife Camilla and by Daniel and Thomas, the sons of his first marriage.