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.