Tom Baker and Bernard Horsfall as the Doctor and Chancellor Goth in The Deadly Assassin

Chancellor Goth Actor Bernard Horsfall Dies

Actor Bernard Horsfall, best known to Doctor Who fans as villainous Time Lord Chancellor Goth, has died aged 82.

Tom Baker and Bernard Horsfall as the Doctor and Chancellor Goth in The Deadly Assassin

If you have ever seen an episode of classic Doctor Who, The Saint, The Avengers, The Persuaders, then the chances are that you’ve come across Horsfall, whose stature and looks made him a popular choice of supporting actor, hero (Captain Moonlight: Man of Mystery) and villain in many shows and movies.

His most recent role was in 2008’s Stone of Destiny, but you would have to roll back the years to 1957 to find his first screen appearance, in an episode of Armchair Theatre. Over the years Horsfall also appeared in movies such as Gandhi and Shout at the Devil, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and even Braveheart, but to Doctor Who fans he will forever be known as Chancellor Goth, the Time Lord who teamed up with the emaciated Master in order to frame the Fourth Doctor for the assassination of the President of the Time Lord High Council in The Deadly Assassin (1976).

Bernard Horsfall played Taren in Planet of the Daleks

This was his fourth appearance in Doctor Who. Prior to this, Horsfall played Taron, a Thal in Planet of the Daleks (1973) opposite Jon Pertwee and in 1969 appeared opposite Patrick Troughton as the First Time Lord (some fans have speculated that within the continuity of the show, this was also Goth) in The War Games. Bernard Horsfall’s first appearance in Doctor Who was in The Mind Robber (1968) in which he played Gulliver in the Land of Fiction.

Born in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire on November 20th, 1930, Bernard Horsfall had a following beyond Doctor Who. He will probably be most remembered for his role as doctor Philip Martel in Enemy at the Door, a Channel Islands-set wartime drama that ran between 1978 and 1980.

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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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