Doctor Who has never been short on things blowing up and hapless characters falling, fighting or flying through the air! An interview with Who stalwart Stuart Fell sheds some light on what it was like working as a member of HAVOC, the stunt team who made up much of UNIT’s numbers when there were dramatic deaths and action scenes were called-for.
Broadcaster Bob Fischer and freelance academic Andrew T. Smith interviewed Mr Fell as part of their time-team style journey through all 295 episodes of Last of the Summer Wine – the geriatric comedy spanning an impressive 21 years. That’s the kind of obsessive dedication that we Who fans can respect!
From electrician to Paratrooper to medieval Jester, Fell recounts his career and how he got into television stunt work. After catching the eye of comedian Ronnie Barker for his versatility and problem-solving approach, Fell was recruited by HAVOC and appeared in numerous episodes of Doctor Who throughout the 70s and 80s including a stint as a Sontaran.
They gave me some work on Doctor Who, and after that I never looked back. Doctor Who used to work nine months of the year, and I didn’t mind playing monsters. A lot of actors didn’t like playing them, because their faces were covered!
When asked what stunts particularly stood out over the whole of his career, one involving a hovercraft and a Time Lord in a hurry came to mind…
Take a look. It’s a lovely perspective on working in TV from one of the unsung heroes of tea-time thrills!
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