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Published on February 13th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Mark Jones

Mark Jones as Arnold Keeler, left, with Tom Baker as the Doctor and John Challis as Scorbie in The Seeds of Doom (1976)As reported by GallifreyNewsBase, Doctor Who guest actor Mark Jones died recently, aged 70.

Following appearances in A Family at War (1970-72) and Z Cars (1971), Jones played Arnold Keeler in The Seeds of Doom, the 1976 classic that pits the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) against the might of not one but two alien Krynoid monsters, aggressive, intelligent plant life capable of turning all plantlife on Earth against not just mankind but all other animals.

Mark Jones not only played the botanist Arnold Keeler in the adventure, he also underwent heavy makeup to portray the effects of the Krynoid infection on Keeler and voiced the larger version of the creature following its cultivation by the insane Harrison Chase, making him pretty much the unsung hero of the story.

With his last listed TV appearance in Red Dwarf, Jones also appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as an Imperial Officer. He  died on 14th January 2010 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

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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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