A Farewell to Philip Madoc
It’s always sad when one of the great actors whose performances we have enjoyed in Doctor Who numerous times over years passes away, but always a bit sadder still if one has had the pleasure of having met the actor in question. This is certainly the case for me with Philip Madoc, who appeared in four Doctor Who television stories, one Doctor Who movie and two Doctor Who audios during a distinguised career which saw him appear in countless British tv series and films, including genre favourites such as Survivors, UFO, Space: 1999 and The Avengers as well as comedy favourites such as Dad’s Army. For most readers of this blog, it is his Doctor Who television appearances - as Eelek in The Krotons, the War Lord in The War Games, Solon in The Brain of Morbius and Fenner in The Power of Kroll which fans will remember most and cherish. His first entry into the world of Doctor Who was way back in the 1966 Peter Cushing film, Daleks: Invasion of Earth 2150 A.D. as Brockley (the smuggler character based on “Ashton” from the orginal tv version of the story, The Dalek Invasion of Earth and his final two appearances would be in the audio medium, opposite Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor and Geoffrey Beevers as the Master in Master in 2003 and then a couple years later opposite Colin Baker in Return of the Krotons which brought his canonical Doctor Who appearances full circle.
I had the pleasure of meeting Philip Madoc at a convention in Wales in 2005 and he proved the old adage that actors who often play the nastiest villains on the screen are some of the nicest people in person. He was full of interesting anecdotes and tales (many of the best of which were not-Who related) and always seemed to have a smile on his face. I can remember his grin when I approached him for an autograph to let him know I had recently seen him in an old episode of Survivors, he was quite pleased that the fans knew of his work in programmes and films other than just Doctor Who.
Philip Madoc passed away at the age of 77 today, after a short illness. Farewell Philip, and rest in peace.
Posted by Luca on Monday, March 5 at 3:47 pm