One of the most celebrated character actors in Doctor Who history, Kevin Stoney, has died, according to reports.
Stoney was 86, and passed away following a long battle with skin cancer. His television career began in 1955, and he had served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
He first appeared in Doctor Who as the machiavellian Guardian of the Solar System Mavic Chen opposite the First Doctor (William Hartnell) 1965′s The Daleks’ Master Plan, and returned in 1968 as the Cybermen’s human ally, the mislead genius Tobias Vaughn – a character that was heavily referenced by the character John Lumic in 2006′s Rise of the Cybermen – opposite Second Doctor Patrick Troughton in The Invasion.
Stoney finally featured in another Cybermen adventure opposite Fourth Doctor Tom Baker in 1975′s Revenge of the Cybermen as the Vogan Tyrum.
His career spanned various television genres, having guest apepared in series as diverse as Inspector Morse, Blake’s 7, I, Claudius and The Tomorrow People. Interestingly, he appeared alongside Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) in both an episode of The Avengers and The Invasion
Kevin Stoney survived his wife Rosalie by 23 years.