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.
As 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…
â€œI played Scorby in a 6-part storyline alongside Tom Baker and it was a fantastic time.
â€œTom was such a larger then life character you could not help but get swept along with the whole thing.
â€œI remember chasing after Elisabeth Sladen in every episode – I had this enormous space gun given to me and I never got to use it!
â€œI think I met a horrible end – eaten by a rampant weed.
â€œSomebody gave me the DVD of it quite recently and although it looks pretty ropey now it is still great fun.â€
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.