Trevor Baxter 1932 – 2017

The DWC is sad to report that the actor and playwright Trevor Baxter has died, aged 84.

For Doctor Who fans, Baxter will be remembered for his indelible partnership with Christopher Benjamin as theatrical sleuths Jago & Litefoot. The pair made their debut in 1977’s Fourth Doctor serial, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, where the pairing proved so popular that there were rumours of a spin-off television series which sadly never came to fruition. However, the duo found new life through Big Finish with their own series of audio excellent adventures.

Big Finish producer David Richardson paid tribute to Baxter, saying:

“Such a sad day. Doctor Who has lost one of its legends, and we’ve lost a dear friend.”

Graduating from RADA in 1951, Baxter appeared in a variety of shows including credits in a number of well-known series such as Adam Adamant Lives!, Z Cars, Thriller, The New Avengers, George and Mildred, Rumpole of the Bailey, and in later years roles such as Lanyon in Jack The Ripper, Gordon Naylor in The Politician’s Wife, and Dr Albrigtsen in Maelstrom. On the big screen, he appeared in films including Nutcracker, Parting Shots, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.

Outside of the small screen, Baxter appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was also an accomplished playwright, with plays such as Edith Grove, The Undertaking, Ripping Them Off and Through A Glass Darkly. In 2003 he adapted Oscar Wilde’s A Portrait of Dorian Gray for the stage, and in 2005 Wilde’s short story Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.

Paying tribute to her Talons of Weng-Chiang co-star, Louise Jameson, who played Leela, said:

“Unbelievably sad to learn that marvellous Trevor Baxter has left the building. He has been in my life since 1976. Witty and vibrant to the end.”

Trevor Baxter will be missed. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.