Kevin Stoney Dies

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.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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