Following some rumours earlier this morning, Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed (via Twitter) the sad loss of the great Michael Gough, who has died aged 94.
A towering actor in both height and ability, he is best known to Doctor Who fans as the eponymous Celestrial Toymaker (1966) and Councillor Hedin (1983′s Arc of Infinity) as well as being the one-time husband of Anneke Wills, who played the First and Second Doctor’s companion Polly.
However Gough – who was remarkably born November 23rd, 1916 – is also well known in theatre and cinema as one of the greatest actors of his generation, with Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud among his peers.
Gough most recently appeared in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), and had previous appeared in Burton’s Sleepy Hollow and Corpse Bride, as well as famously playing Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth in both of Burton’s Batman movies as well as the Joel Schumacher-directed Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
However these titles are the tip of a screen career that dates back to 1948′s Anna Karenina, 1955′s Richard III, 1969′s Women in Love and many more.
Michael Gough’s loss will be widely felt in showbusiness, such was popular regard for him.