Nicola Bryant as Peri with Robert Glenister as Salateen in 1984 Doctor Who serial The Caves of Androzani

Glenister Feels a 12 Year Old “Burke”

Nicola Bryant as Peri with Robert Glenister as Salateen in 1984 Doctor Who serial The Caves of Androzani

Too late, Salateen reveals his embarrassment...

Well this isn’t something you see everyday – someone regretting their appearance in Doctor Who! While Martin Clunes has previously expressed discomfort with his role as Lon in Snakedance (and let’s face it he did look a little silly, despite being awesome) this is something of a rarity.

However star of Hustle Robert Glenister (brother of Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes star Philip) has revealed to the Radio Times that he hates signing photos of himself as Salateen in Robert Holmes’ last great Doctor Who story – also Peter Davison’s swansong – The Caves of Androzani.

I probably shouldn’t say this, but about 30 years ago I played an android in a Doctor Who story called The Caves of Androzani.  I still get people outside the stage door with that picture of me looking about 12 and I am appalled at myself every time I see it.

I looked like a complete burke and wish I never had to see it again.

Now it might be that Glenister is completely unaware of the passion fans have for this story. Back in the last Doctor Who Magazine story poll, this story of android doubles and lifespan-increasing drugs – with added Phantom of the Opera thrown in for good measure – finished in first place. Thanks to Graeme Harper’s marvellous direction, this is a rather stunning serial which still looks good 28 years later.

But on the other hand, Robert Glenister sounds as though he is dissing a story in which he got to play two parts, that of Salateen and his android double. Better still, he was rather excellent in the dual role, particularly as the android.

Either way, someone send him a copy of The Caves of Androzani!

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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