Philip Madoc 1934-2012

Welsh actor Philip Madoc has passed away aged 77, after a short illness reports BBC News.

Madoc had several encounters with the Doctor throughout his career staring with the 1966 spin off movie Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD, where he played the hilarious duplicitous double crossing smuggler Brockley opposite Peter Cushing.

From there he made two appearances during the last series of Patrick Troughton era firstly as Gond Eelek in The Krotons and then, in a much bigger part, as the War Lord in the Second Doctor’s final appearance The War Games.

However its perhaps his brilliant turn as the obsessive, maniacal scientist Mehendri Solon in the Fourth Doctor serial The Brain of Morbius that he’ll best be remember for.

Madoc’s final television appearance in Doctor Who was as Fenner in the much derided The Power of Kroll.

It was then much later in his long and distinguished career which included his magnificent contribution to one of the greatest comedy scenes of all time – where as a German U-Boat commander he got to prompt the immortal line “Don’t tell him, Pike!” in Dad’s Army – that he returned to the Whoinverse for two Big Finish productions, Master and Return of the Krotons.

Madoc’s deep, distinctive voice also made him a radio mainstay with roles in the BBC Radio Three adaptation of King Lear and, more recently in the new S4C series The Cockle Farmer.

Philip Madoc died Monday morning in a hospital in Hertfordshire surrounded by his family.  He leaves behind his widow, Diane and four children from his marriage.

The Kasterborous podKast team has devoted this week’s podKast (with a “K”) to discussing Philip Madoc’s Doctor Who appearances.

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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