Doctor Who News Garrick Hagon in classic Doctor Who: The Mutants

Published on March 13th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Classic Series Guest Shoots in Spain

Garrick Hagon in classic Doctor Who: The MutantsYou probably haven’t heard of Biggs Darklighter – he’s a Star Wars character who was excised from the first film in 1977 for timing reasons. Interestingly, however, he was played by Garrick Hagon, who also appeared in the 1972 Doctor Who serial The Mutants, opposite Jon Pertwee.

But what has this got to do with Doctor Who in 2012?

Spanish Doctor Who fan @GenshikenSpain has tweeted that the actor – restored to the Star Wars universe when the Special Editions were released – is on the current location shoot.

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Which we think was something along the lines of  “Garrick Hagon? Ole!”

Certain Rob Cavazos has tweeted:

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It’s good to see some veteran character actors being cast in Doctor Who, but of course the big question as far as Spain goes is this: has Sophia Myles’ luggage turned up yet?

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Hurrah!

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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+.



2 Responses to Classic Series Guest Shoots in Spain

  1. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    Biggs wasn’t excised from the 1977 version of Star Wars, he is namechecked by Luke and appears in the Death Star attack…the bit when he meets up with Luke in the Yavin base before the attack was cut out of the UK version originally but has been back in it since the special editions in all territories…it was the Tosche station scenes that he was in that were cut…which weren’t cut for timing reasons they were shot because Fox were nervous about the focus on the droids in the earliest part of the film, so Lucas conceded to shoot those scenes. But they were dropped.

    So his Star Wars appearance isn’t quite as obscure as is being made out.


    • Well, yes it is obscure: being namechecked in one scene and appearing in another (along with many other people) where no one watching for the first time has any idea who you are might not be completely excised, but it is certainly being cast into obscurity.

      Actors have sued studios over less.

      Thanks for the detail on the lost scenes, however.

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