Peter Halliday as Pletrac in Carnival of Monsters

Peter Halliday 1924-2012

Peter Halliday as Pletrac in Carnival of MonstersAs you may have already read at our sister site Cult Britannia, veteran character actor Peter Halliday has died, aged 87.

Well-known for his starring appearance in the original TV adaptation of A for Andromeda in 1961 and its sequel The Andromeda Breakthrough, Halliday was a regular across British TV screens from the 1950s to the early 2000s. You would find him popping up in shows such as The Avengers, UFO, The Tripods and Goodnight, Sweetheart. In his later years, Halliday would often be found playing men of the cloth as he did in 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks, his final role in the original series.

In a career in theatre, film and TV spanning 60 years, Halliday he worked alongside many of Britain’s acting greats, including Richard Burton and Sir John Gielgud after joining RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in 1947 following service in World War II. Three years later he joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, now better known as the Royal Shakespeare Company, and by the end of the 1950s he had appeared on TV several times in shows such as The Adventures of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe.

His Doctor Who appearances include The Invasion (1968 as Packer/Cyber-Director), The Silurians (1970, Silurian voice), The Ambassadors of Death (1970, alien voice), Carnival of Monsters (1973, Pletrac) and City of Death as both the second Jagaroth and the Renaissance era guard of Captain Tancredi.

Obligatory appearances in The Saint, Man in a Suitcase and The Sweeney also punctuated his career, which was summarised in a 2007 exhibition about Halliday’s life. Called “An Actor’s Life”, it opened at Powysland Museum in Welshpool. At the time, he spoke to BBC News about his career, recalling:

“Richard (Burton) was extraordinarily talented and was great fun. “He used to ask me to cover for him and would say: ‘If anyone asks, I was out with you last night.'”

Born in 1924, his death has been reported as February 19th, 2012.

By coincidence, ITV1 broadcast the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale on Saturday, in which Halliday appears as a policeman.

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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