Challis Recalls Krynoid

John Challis – villain Scorby in 1976’s The Seeds of Doom and pictured here in his most famous role of Boycie in Only Fools and Horses - has recently been interviewed for a local paper and spoke fondly of his time on Doctor Who.

John Challis as Boycie in Only Fools and HorsesAs Scorby, Challis was in charge of security for insane millionaire Harrison Chase – a role that meant travelling to Antarctica to steal a Krynoid pod, a act that came close to destroying all animal life on earth…

“I played Scorby in a 6-part storyline alongside Tom Baker and it was a fantastic time.

“Tom was such a larger then life character you could not help but get swept along with the whole thing.

“I remember chasing after Elisabeth Sladen in every episode – I had this enormous space gun given to me and I never got to use it!

“I think I met a horrible end – eaten by a rampant weed.

“Somebody gave me the DVD of it quite recently and although it looks pretty ropey now it is still great fun.”

The Seeds of Doom is a genuine classic, so it’s good to see that John Challis enjoyed rewatching it.

Of course, The Seeds of Doom isn’t out on DVD – so could Challis have received a copy from 2entertain in advance of a possible commentary…?

Read more about John Challis’ long career in the Croydon Guardian.

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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