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Published on January 25th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Dalek Operator Death in Nationals

The UK press have in numbers reported on the sad passing of Doctor Who extra and Dalek operator John Scott Martin, who died recently following illness.

John Scott Martin’s daughter Catriona, also an actor, wrote an obituary in the Stage, describing her father as:

"A perfect gentleman, warm, kind and funny. He will be missed by so many."

The actor himself once recalled that controlling the Daleks was difficult.

"[They were] a bit like a supermarket trolley.  You were done for if you had to go into a field or woods. You had to put down hardboard sheets.”

Among his many credits, John Scott Martin also played a prominent part in the first part of the Monty Python feature The Meaning of Life (The Crimson Permanent Assurance) in 1983, as an old school insurance broker.

Our own January 13th report of John Scott Martin’s passing can be found here.

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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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