Donald Pickering

Donald Pickering obituaryThe Telegraph has published an obituary to the late Donald Pickering, a renowned character who made three appearances in Doctor Who during his long career.

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on November 15th, 1933, Pickering made his stage debut in 1951 and moved to the world of television and movies in 1956. His vast number of appearances in listed at, and includes The Saint, Jackanory, The Professionals, Return of the Saint, Lovejoy and Casualty.

The first of Donald Pickering’s three Doctor Who appearances saw him appear opposite First Doctor William Hartnell in The Keys of Marinus as Eyesen during the first series of the show, with a second appearance three years later in The Faceless Ones as Blade, in the first run of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton. Coincidentally, Pickering appeared alongside Wanda Ventham in The Faceless Ones and she was also a guest in Pickering’s third and final appearance in the notorious Time and the Rani – the opening  story from Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy’s time on the show. has also published notification of Pickering’s passing on passing on December 19th, 2009.

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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