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Professor Stahlman’s Gas – Olaf Pooley Reaches 100!

Happy birthday, Olaf Pooley!

Not many people have been lucky enough to live for an entire century, and there are even fewer in the Whoniverse who can claim such an accolade. The actor, who played Professor Stahlman in the 1970 story Inferno, celebrates the big day on Thursday 13th March, and is only the second actor from the series to become a centenarian, (the first being Zohra Seghal from 1964’s Marco P0lo.)

Pooley has enjoyed a long and varied career as both an actor and writer, appearing in such shows as the original Star Trek and Dixon of Dock Green, as well as writing the film The Corpse starring the Celestial Toymaker himself – Michael Gough!

In recent years, Olaf Pooley has dedicated much of his time to painting out of his studio in Southern California, where he now resides. It’s a far cry from Professor Stahlman’s frenzied gas drillings, and we’re very relieved to hear it! Wherever you are Mr Pooley, have a fantastic day. The Whoniverse salutes you!

(With thanks to David)


likes William Hartnell, whisky, being creative, debating canonicity, The Gunfighters, The Keys of Marinus and City of Death. He has a strong dislike of cold quiche, corporate PowerPoint presentations and lanyards, but loves terrible puns. He's currently employed by a mute teddy bear with black ears.

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