Doctor-Who-original-logoThe actor Bernard Horsfall has reportedly died at the age of 82; he will be best known for his various roles in Doctor Who as well as the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Horsfall appeared in four Doctor Who stories between 1968 and 1976 ; his first role was as Gulliver in the 1968 story The Mind Robber. Horshall returned to the series a year later to play a Time Lord in the final episode of The War Games; Patrick Troughton’s final regular appearance in the series. Horshall then appeared in the 1973 story Planet of the Daleks playing the Thal leader Taron opposite Jon Pertwee.

His final appearance in Doctor Who was the in the 1976 Tom Baker story The Deadly Assassin in which he played Chancellor Goth. It has been speculated by some fans of Doctor Who that the character of Chancellor Goth and the Time Lord that Horsfall played in The War Games were the same character although this was never officially confirmed on-screen.

The Deadly Assassin is often named as a favourite of Doctor Who fans because of its dark and gritty nature. It also featured a rare occasion, in the original series, of the Doctor-Who-Bernard-HorsfallDoctor being without a companion as it was set after the departure of Elisabeth Sladen but before Louise Jameson had joined. The story fell foul of television campaigner Mary Whitehouse for a sequence in which Horsfall’s character of Goth attempts to drown the Doctor (Baker). The end of episode cliff-hanger was subsequently re-edited for repeats following the complaint by Whitehouse.

In all he appeared in 14 episodes of Doctor Who appearing opposite three consecutive doctors; Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

has a wide range of roles outside of Doctor Who; on the big-screen he appeared in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The film starred Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas and George Lazenby in his only outing as 007. In the critically acclaimed film Horsfall played ill-fated British spy Campbell who assisted James Bond and paid the ultimate price.

His other notable television roles include several appearances in The Avengers, Elizabeth R, the short-lived 1960s soap opera Harpers West One, Doomwatch, Department S, The Persuaders, Dickon of Dock Green, The Saint, Z Cars and its spin-off Softly Softly but in different roles and Harriet’s Back In Town.

In 1991 he appeared in LWT’s Poirot series in the episode The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge. Among the actors most recent television work was appearances in Casualty and Doctors.

Bernard Horsfall: 1930 – 2013

[Written by Doug Lambert, source: Doctor Who Newspage]

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