Patrick Troughton

Patrick George Troughton (/ˈtrtən/;[1] 25 March 1920 – 28 March 1987) was an English actor who was classically trained for the stage but became known for his roles in television and film. His work included appearances in several fantasy, science fiction and horror films, and playing the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running British science-fiction television series Doctor Who from 1966 to 1969; he reprised the role in 1972–1973, 1983 and 1985.

Patrick Troughton
Trougton at a Doctor Who convention in Baltimore, Maryland, c.1984
Patrick George Troughton

(1920-03-25)25 March 1920
Died28 March 1987(1987-03-28) (aged 67)
Resting placeAshes scattered at Bushy Park, Teddington, Greater London, England
Alma mater
Years active1947–1987
  • Margaret Dunlop
    (m. 1943; div. 1955)
  • Shelagh Holdup
    (m. 1976)
PartnerEthel Nuens (c.1955–1975)
Children6, including David and Michael

Although he is most well known for his television career and was loved by audiences for his versatility in roles, many of the productions Troughton performed in between 1947 and 1971 were amongst those either never recorded or destroyed by UK broadcasters, most notably his stint on Doctor Who. Many of his appearances, including most of his personal favourites, remain missing to this day.

Early life

Troughton was born on 25 March 1920[2] in Mill Hill, Middlesex, England, to Alec George Troughton (1887–1953), a solicitor, and Dorothy Evelyn Offord (1886–1979), who married in 1914 in Edmonton. Patrick had an elder brother, Alec Robert (1915–1994), and a younger sister, Mary Edith (1923–2005). Troughton attended Mill Hill School[3] and continued to live in Mill Hill for most of his life. While at Mill Hill School, he acted in a production of J. B. Priestley's Bees on the Boat Deck in March 1937.

Troughton studied at the Embassy School of Acting at Swiss Cottage,[2] being tutored by Eileen Thorndike. He was later awarded an acting scholarship at the Leighton Rallius Studios at the John Drew Memorial Theatre on Long Island, New York, in the United States.[2]

When the Second World War broke out, he abandoned his studies in the U.S. and returned to Great Britain to enlist. During the passage across the North Atlantic Ocean, the ship carrying him struck a sea mine off the coast of Britain, from which he escaped in a lifeboat as the vessel foundered. On arrival back in England, whilst waiting to join the Armed Forces, he briefly worked with the Tonbridge Repertory Company.[2]

In 1940, Troughton enlisted with the Royal Navy, receiving a commission with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in November 1941.[4] He was deployed on East Coast Convoy duty from February to August 1941, and then with Coastal Forces' Motor Gun Boats based at Great Yarmouth from November 1942 to 1945, operating in the North Sea and English Channel. During his service with the MGBs, he was on one occasion involved in an action against Kriegsmarine E-boats which resulted in one of the enemy craft being destroyed by ramming, whilst Troughton's boat and another destroyed two more with their gunfire. His decorations included the 1939–45 Star, the Atlantic Star, and was mentioned in dispatches "for outstanding courage, leadership and skill in many daring attacks on enemy shipping in hostile waters".[5][6] He used to wear a tea cosy on his head in cold weather in the North Sea.[7]


Early career

Troughton in a promotional photograph for R.U.R. in Radio Times, February 1948

After demobilization, Troughton returned to the theatre. He worked with the Amersham Repertory Company, the Bristol Old Vic Company[2] and the Pilgrim Players at the Mercury Theatre, Notting Hill Gate. He made his television debut in 1947. In 1948, Troughton made his cinema debut with small roles in Olivier's Hamlet, the Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed Escape (one of the stars of which was William Hartnell),[8] and a minor role as a pirate in Disney's Treasure Island (1950), appearing only during the attack on the heroes' hut. Television though, was his favourite medium. In 1953, he became the first actor to play the folk hero Robin Hood on television, starring in six half-hour episodes broadcast from 17 March to 21 April on the BBC, and titled simply Robin Hood.[9] Troughton would also make an appearance in The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene. He appeared as the murderer Tyrrell in Olivier's film of Richard III (1955). He was also Olivier's understudy on the film and appears in many long shots as Richard.[6]

Troughton's other notable film and television roles included Kettle in Chance of a Lifetime (1950), Sir Andrew Ffoulkes in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1955), Vickers in the episode entitled "Strange Partners" in The Invisible Man (1958, the series also featured one of his future Doctor Who co-stars, Deborah Watling, as Sally), Phineus in Jason and the Argonauts (1963),[2] Paul of Tarsus (BBC 1960, title role), Dr. Finlay's Casebook (BBC 1962, semi-regular), and Quilp in The Old Curiosity Shop (1962–63).[10] He voiced Winston Smith in a 1965 BBC Home Service radio adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Prior to Doctor Who he appeared in numerous TV shows, including The Count of Monte Cristo, Ivanhoe, Dial 999, Danger Man, Maigret, Compact, The Third Man, Crane, Detective, Sherlock Holmes, No Hiding Place, The Saint, Armchair Theatre, The Wednesday Play, Z-Cars, Adam Adamant Lives! and Softly, Softly.

Troughton was offered the part of Johnny Ringo in the Doctor Who story The Gunfighters but turned it down.[11]

Doctor Who

In 1966, Doctor Who producer Innes Lloyd looked for a replacement for William Hartnell in the series' lead role. The continued survival of the show depended on audiences accepting another actor in the role, despite the bold decision that the replacement would not be a Hartnell lookalike or soundalike. Lloyd later stated that Hartnell had approved of the choice, saying, "There's only one man in England who can take over, and that's Patrick Troughton".[12] Lloyd chose Troughton because of his extensive and versatile experience as a character actor. After he was cast, Troughton considered various ways to approach the role, to differentiate his portrayal from Hartnell's amiable-yet-tetchy patriarch. Troughton's early thoughts about how he might play the Doctor included a "tough sea captain", and a piratical figure in blackface and turban.[13] Doctor Who creator Sydney Newman suggested that the Doctor could be a "cosmic hobo" in the mould of Charlie Chaplin, and this was the interpretation eventually chosen.[14] Troughton was the first Doctor to have his face appear in the opening titles of the show. In one serial, The Enemy of the World, Troughton played two parts: as the protagonist (The Doctor) and the antagonist (Salamander).[15]

During his time on the series, Troughton tended to shun publicity and rarely gave interviews. He told one interviewer, "I think acting is magic. If I tell you all about myself it will spoil it".[16] Years later, he told another interviewer that his greatest concern was that too much publicity would limit his opportunities as a character actor after he left the role.[17]

In a rare interview with Ernest Thompson from Radio Times Troughton revealed that he "always liked dressing up, and would have been happy as a school teacher as children keep one young".[18] Troughton was popular with both the production team and his co-stars. Producer Lloyd credited Troughton with a "leading actor's temperament. He was a father figure to the whole company and hence could embrace it and sweep it along with him". Troughton also gained a reputation on set as a practical joker.[19]

Many of the early episodes in which Troughton appeared were among those discarded by the BBC. Troughton found Doctor Who's schedule (at the time, 40 to 44 episodes per year) gruelling, and decided to leave the series in 1969, after three years in the role. This decision was also motivated in part by fear of being typecast.[17][20]

Troughton at a convention in Minneapolis–Saint Paul in October 1986

Troughton returned to Doctor Who three times after formally leaving the programme. The first of these occasions was in The Three Doctors, the 1972–73 serial opening the programme's 10th series. In 1983, Troughton overcame some reluctance to reprise his role and agreed to appear in the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors at the request of series producer John Nathan-Turner. He also agreed to attend Doctor Who conventions, including the show's 20th anniversary celebrations at Longleat in 1983. He also appeared around the world with Nathan-Turner. Troughton enjoyed the return to the programme so much that he readily agreed to appear one more time as the Second Doctor, with Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor in The Two Doctors (1985). Reportedly, he also advised Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison to limit his time in the role to three series to avoid typecasting and the younger actor followed this advice.[21]

In 2013, the BBC commissioned a docudrama about the early days of Doctor Who, as part of the programme's fiftieth anniversary celebrations. Troughton appears as a character in the production, called An Adventure in Space and Time, portrayed by actor Reece Shearsmith.[22]

In 2014's "Robot of Sherwood", a still image of Troughton from 1953 appears among the future depictions of Robin Hood displayed by the Twelfth Doctor to the outlaw.[23][24][25]

Later career

Troughton (left) in a publicity still for the 1976 film The Omen

After Troughton left Doctor Who in 1969, he appeared in various films and television roles. Film roles included Clove in Scars of Dracula (1970),[8] a bodysnatcher in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973), Father Brennan in The Omen (1976) and Melanthius in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). Television roles included the recurring role of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk in five of the six episodes of The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) (for which he commenced rehearsals just one week after completing his final studio recording on Doctor Who), the villainous Nasca in Thames Television's Aztec-themed drama The Feathered Serpent (1976–78), a guest starring spot in the comedy series The Goodies in the episode "The Baddies", as well as episodes of Paul Temple, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, Doomwatch, The Persuaders!, A Family at War, Coronation Street,[26] Softly, Softly: Taskforce, Colditz, Play for Today, Z-Cars, Special Branch, Sutherland's Law, The Sweeney,[26] Jason King, Survivors, Crown Court, Angels, Warship, Van der Valk, Space: 1999, The Onedin Line, All Creatures Great and Small,[27] Only When I Laugh (Series 2 Episode #9), Nanny and Minder (in a March 1984 episode entitled "Windows", Season 4 Episode 9). He also portrayed Cole Hawlings in a BBC Television dramatisation of the John Masefield children's book The Box of Delights (1984).[2] In the same year he also appeared in a Two Ronnies Christmas Special[28] playing a judge.

Troughton's health was never completely robust due to heavy drinking and smoking (he had quit smoking in the 60s, but the damage had already been done). Later in his life he refused to accept his doctor's advice after he had developed a serious heart condition through overwork and stress. He suffered two major heart attacks, one in 1979[29] and the other in 1984,[30] both of which prevented him from working for several months afterwards. Following each of these attacks, his doctor's warnings were again ignored as Troughton committed himself to a heavy TV and film schedule.

He featured in the 1974 11-part radio adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour. In 1986, he was a regular in the first series of the LWT sitcom The Two of Us, and guested in an episode of Super Gran in May 1987, which was the last role he filmed. His final television appearance was in the autumn of the same year in Knights of God, which had been filmed two years earlier. Troughton also appeared in the first episode of Central Independent Television's Inspector Morse, entitled "The Dead of Jericho",[8] which was originally transmitted on ITV on 6 January 1987.

Personal life

Troughton married his first wife, Margaret Dunlop, at the Union Church at Mill Hill on 3 September 1943.

Troughton started living a double life when, just after the birth of his third child in 1955, he chose to leave Dunlop and their three children (then aged eight, five, and a few months) to live with girlfriend Ethel Margaret "Bunny" Nuens, with whom he also went on to have three children.[31] Troughton maintained the deception of having stayed with his original family that was so successful that his own mother died unaware of the separation in 1979, 24 years after Troughton had left Dunlop. Due to the disastrous drama Troughton caused during his divorce from Dunlop, his first daughter, Joanna, vowed never to speak to her father again. Their differences remained unresolved at the time of his death in 1987.[32] While Troughton never married Nuens, in 1976 he did marry Shelagh Holdup and acquired two stepchildren.[33]

Troughton's six children are:

  • Joanna Troughton, (born 1947, to Troughton and Dunlop), author and illustrator of children's books[34]
  • David Troughton, (born 1950, to Troughton and Dunlop), actor[35]
  • Michael Troughton, (born 1955, to Troughton and Dunlop), actor[34]
  • Jane Troughton, (born 1956, to Troughton and Nuens), attended The Queens School, Kew. From 1960-
  • Peter Troughton, (born 1957, to Troughton and Nuens)
  • Mark Troughton, (born 1959, to Troughton and Nuens)

Troughton's grandchildren include:


On 27 March 1987, two days after his 67th birthday, Troughton was a guest at the Magnum Opus Con II science fiction convention in Columbus, Georgia, United States.[38] Although he had been warned by his doctors before leaving the United Kingdom not to exert himself because of his heart condition, he appeared to be in good spirits and participated vigorously in the day's panels,[39] and was looking forward to a belated birthday celebration which was planned for that evening, as well as screenings of all of his surviving complete Doctor Who stories, including The Dominators, which he was particularly eager to see again. Troughton suffered a third and final heart attack at 7:25 am on 28 March, just after ordering breakfast from the hotel. According to the paramedics who attended the scene, he died instantly.[40][41]

Troughton was certified dead at the Medical Center (now Piedmont Columbus Regional) in Columbus, Georgia. After a local cremation, his ashes were flown back to England. During the passage to England, the ashes were mislaid temporarily. This delayed his funeral by a few weeks. His widow, Shelagh, later scattered them beneath a newly planted tree in Bushy Park, a favourite place of Troughton's near to his family home in Teddington.[42]



Year Title Role Notes
1948EscapeJim the Shepherd
HamletPlayer King
The Red ShoesBBC Radio Announcervoice, uncredited
1949Badger's GreenJim Carter
Cardboard CavalierExecuted Manuncredited
1950Chance of a LifetimeWilliam Kettle
Treasure IslandRoach
The Woman with No NameColin
1951The Franchise AffairBill Brough
White CorridorsSailor
1954The Black KnightKing Mark
1955Richard IIITyrell
19561984Man on Telescreenuncredited
1957The Curse of FrankensteinMortuary attendantuncredited (deleted scenes)
1958The MoonrakerCaptain Wilcox
1962The Phantom of the OperaThe Rat Catcher
1963Jason and the ArgonautsPhineus
1964The GorgonInspector Kanof
The Black TormentOstler – Regis
1967The Viking QueenTristram
1970Scars of DraculaKlove
1974Frankenstein and the Monster from HellBodysnatcher
1976The OmenFather Brennan
1977Sinbad and the Eye of the TigerMelanthius
1978A Hitch in TimeProfessor Wagstaff


Year Title Role Notes
1947HamletHoratioTV film
Edward IIBaldock
1948King LearEdmund
R.U.R.Radius, a robot
1950The Whole World OverNicolai Nekin
BBC Sunday-Night TheatrePtolemy
Episode: "Adventure Story"
Episode: "The Family Reunion"
1952KidnappedAlan Breck5 episodes
BBC Sunday-Night TheatreCapt. Johnnie BrownEpisode: "Lines of Communication"
1953Robin HoodRobin Hood6 episodes
1954MisallianceUncreditedTV film
ClementinaCharles Wogan6 episodes
1955BBC Sunday-Night TheatreSanchezEpisode: "Midsummer Fire"
1956KidnappedAlan BreckTV film
The Count of Monte CristoThe Ferret
Episode: "The Island"
Episode: "The Portuguese Affair"
Episode: "Marseilles"
The Scarlet PimpernelSir Andrew Ffoulkes15 episodes
One FamilyThe Tarman2 episodes
Theatre RoyalTailorEpisode: "The Ends of Justice"
BBC Sunday-Night TheatreCardinal WolseyEpisode: "The White Falcon"
The Adventures of Robin HoodConstableEpisode: "The Friar's Pilgrimage"
1957Ordeal by FireLa HireTV film
Precious BaneGideon Sarn6 episodes
Assignment Foreign LegionNadeauEpisode: "The Conquering Hero"
The Adventures of Robin HoodSeneschal
Sir William Fitzwalter
Episode: "Food for Thought"
Episode: "The Bandit of Brittany"
Episode: "The Shell Game"
Episode: "The Blackbird"
Episode: "The Dream"
Sword of FreedomBastiano
Duke Di Luca
Episode: "Vespucci"
Episode: "The Tower"
Episode: "The Ambassador"
1958The Adventures of William TellHanzlerEpisode: "The Golden Wheel"
The Rebel HeiressRoger TrevanionTV film
Queen's ChampionDon AlonzoEpisode: "The Edge of Defeat"
IvanhoeVignoleEpisode: "The Kidnapping"
The Dangerous GamePhilip BakerEpisode: "Pawns in the Game"
The New Adventures of Charlie ChanPete WilsonEpisode: "Something Old, Something New"
Sword of FreedomTeofiloEpisode: "The School"
The Adventures of Robin HoodSir BolandEpisode: "Elixir of Youth"
Armchair TheatreRagnar BrovikEpisode: "The Master Builder"
1959Three Golden NoblesMad PeterEpisode: "The Painter"
The History of Mr. PollyUncle Jim2 episodes
H.G.Wells' Invisible ManVickers – Currie's Business PartnerEpisode: "Strange Partners"
Interpol CallingSukruEpisode: "The Thirteen Innocents"
The MoonstoneDark Stranger1 episode
The Naked LadyBob Dyson2 episodes
The HillJesusTV film (voice)
The ScarfEdward Collins3 episodes
The Cabin in the ClearingSimon Kenton4 episodes
Dial 999 (TV series)Bill Mace
Episode: "Thames Division"
Episode: "50,000 Hands"
Episode: "Key Witness"
The Flying DoctorErnieEpisode: "A Stranger in Distress"
BBC Sunday-Night TheatreBarmanEpisode: "Maigret and the Lost Life"
ITV Television PlayhouseDermot Francis O'FlingsleyEpisode: "Shadow and Substance"
The Four Just MenInspector NardiEpisode: "The Night of the Precious Stones"
No Hiding PlaceBlakeyEpisode: "The Stalag Story"
1960International DetectiveSilversmithEpisode: "The Marino Case"
Danger ManBrennerEpisode: "The Lonely Chair"
Paul of TarsusSaul
Episode: "The Feast of Pentecost"
Episode: "To the Gentiles"
The Adventures of Robin HoodSir Fulke DevereauxEpisode: "The Bagpiper"
The Four Just MenVitoEpisode: "The Moment of Truth"
The True Mystery of the PassionJudasTV film
The Splendid SpurCaptain Luke Settle6 episodes
The Terrible ChoiceLucifer2 episodes
BBC Sunday-Night Play2nd EngineerEpisode: "Twentieth Century Theatre: The Insect Play"
No Hiding PlacePercy ClarkeEpisode: "Two Blind Mice"
1961MaigretGaston MeurantEpisode: "Raise Your Right Hand"
ITV Television PlayhouseJ.J.Episode: "A Walk on the Water"
International DetectiveBela DavosEpisode: "The Martos Case"
Danger ManBartEpisode: "Bury the Dead"
No Hiding PlaceDenger WellsEpisode: "Process of Elimination"
ITV Play of the WeekSpicerEpisode: "Soldier in the Snow"
1962The Sword in the WebTournayEpisode: "The Alibi"
Harpers West OneNotril1 episode
Man of the WorldThiboeufEpisode: "Death of a Conference"
BBC Sunday-Night PlayDu BoseEpisode: "Sword of Vengeance"
Wuthering HeightsHindleyTV film
Eddie Goldsmith
Episode: "Musical Evening"
Episode: "Efficiency Expert"
Sir Francis DrakeGazioEpisode: "The Bridge"
ITV Play of the WeekPrinceEpisode: "Freedom in September"
Dr. Finlay's CasebookAlex DeanEpisode: "Snap Diagnosis"
1962–63The Old Curiosity ShopDaniel Quilp11 episodes
1963The Sentimental AgentSheikhEpisode: "The Scroll of Islam"
EspionageJohn MacBrideEpisode: "He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday"
No Cloak – No DaggerTrev
Lorna DooneJudge JeffreysEpisode: "A Summons to London"
1964The Indian Tales of Rudyard KiplingMr. BronckhurstEpisode: "The Bronckhurst Divorce Case11"
Artists' NotebooksWilliam HogarthEpisode: "William Hogarth (1697–1764)"
HMS ParadiseCapt. Ahab RudlowEpisode: "Thar's Gold in Them Thar Holes"
ThorndykeFrank BelfieldEpisode: "The Old Lag"
Smuggler's BayRatsey5 episodes
The Third ManLuigi CarvossaEpisode: "A Question in Ice"
DetectiveJasper ShrigEpisode: "The Loring Mystery"
The Midnight MenSkoderEpisode: "The Man from Miditz"
CraneHugo KrantzEpisode: "Man Without a Past"
The SaintPolice InspectorEpisode: "The Romantic Matron"
Z-CarsJack CarterEpisode: "Inside Job"
1964–66Dr. Finlay's CasebookMiller/Mr. Miller5 episodes
1965No Hiding PlaceOld StarrEpisode: "The Street"
A Tale of Two CitiesDr. Manette[10]10 episodes
The Wednesday PlayLord FountainEpisode: "And Did Those Feet?"
Sherlock HolmesMortimer TregennisEpisode: "Episode: The Devil's Foot"
ITV Play of the WeekManservant
Episode: "The Misunderstanding"
Episode: "The Challenging"
Thirty-Minute TheatreStuart PendletonEpisode: "Give the Clown His Supper"
1966Adam Adamant Lives!General MongersonEpisode: "D for Destruction"
The SaintInsp. GambettiEpisode: "Interlude in Venice"
Softly SoftlyBellamyEpisode: "Best Out of Three"
ITV Play of the WeekJacob ManningEpisode: "The First Thunder"
Armchair TheatrePeteEpisode: "The Battersea Miracle"
David CopperfieldPawnbrokerEpisode: "The Long Journey"
This Man CraigAlec MacGregorEpisode: "A Wise Father"
The LiarsPipe Smoker1 episode
1966–69Doctor WhoSecond Doctor119 episodes
1967–68Salamander6 episodes
1970Little WomenMr. March4 episodes
Dr. Finlay's CasebookJack BairdEpisode: "Dust"
ITV PlayhouseMr. FidlerEpisode: "Don't Touch Him, He Might Resent It"
Paul TempleColonel HarpEpisode: "Swan Song for Colonel Harp"
The Six Wives of Henry VIIIDuke of Norfolk5 episodes
1970–72A Family at WarHarry Porter9 episodes
1971Softly, Softly: TaskforceErnie JohnsonEpisode: "Better Than Doing Porridge"
The Persuaders!Count MarceauEpisode: "The Old, the New, and the Deadly"
ITV Sunday Night TheatreReillyEpisode: "Square One"
Out of the UnknownJimmy ReedEpisode: "The Chopper"
Thirty-Minute TheatreJustleyEpisode: "Jilly"
On the HouseDoctor Stanley2 episodes
DoomwatchLyon McArthur / Alan McArthurEpisode: "In the Dark"
Owen, M.D.Charlie Lynch2 Episodes: "Where There's Smoke"
1972ColditzPadreEpisode: "The Traitor"
The ProtectorsBela KaroleonEpisode: "Brother Hood"
The Main ChanceFrederick OwenEpisode: "Acting for Self"
The BefriendersJim GoodyEpisode: "Fallen Star"
Jason KingBennettEpisode: "That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else"
The GoodiesDr. PetalEpisode: "The Baddies"
1972–73Doctor WhoSecond Doctor4 episodes
1973Hawkeye, the PathfinderUncle Cap5 episodes
Ego HugoLahorie / BiardTV film
Owen, M.D.Victor DarlingtonEpisode: "You Don't Get Me"
Whoops Baghdad!Tambalane the TartarEpisode: "Ali and the Thieves"
JackanoryStoryteller5 Episodes: "The Three Toymakers"
Z-CarsBob ParkerPressures of Work
1974Charles Dickens' World of Christmas?TV film
Jennie: Lady Randolph ChurchillBenjamin DisraeliEpisodes: "Lady Randolph" & "Recovery"
Coronation StreetGeorge Barton4 episodes
Sutherland's LawFergussonEpisode: "Who Cares"
Village HallBill LesterEpisode: "The Magic Sponge"
Special BranchProfessor Frederick DennyEpisode: "Alien"
Crown CourtJohn Fisher3 episodes
1975Crown CourtJoseph Molloy3 episodes
The SweeneyReg CroftsEpisode: "Hit and Run"
Z-CarsCouncillor Barwell2 episodes
Churchill's PeopleHainaultEpisode: "Silver Giant, Wooden Dwarf"
ThrillerLyallEpisode: "Nurse Will Make It Better"
1976Lorna DooneCounsellor Doone5 episodes
AngelsGeorge MooreEpisode: "Decision"
SurvivorsJohn MillenEpisodes: "Parasites"
Our Mutual FriendRogue Riderhood1 episode
Play for TodayVictor MarsdenEpisode: "Love Letters on Blue Paper"
1976–78The Feathered SerpentNasca12 episodes
1977The Dick Emery Christmas Show: The Texas ConnectionPotterTV film
Space: 1999ArchonEpisode: "The Dorcons"
Treasure IslandIsrael Hands4 episodes
BBC2 Play of the WeekRear Admiral MarkhamEpisode: "The Sinking of HMS Victoria"
Van der ValkFather BoschEpisode: "Accidental"
Yanks Go HomeLubbockEpisode: "The Game of the Name"
WarshipRobertsonEpisode: "Robertson Crusoe"
1978Edward & Mrs. SimpsonClement Attlee3 episodes
The Devil's CrownWilliam Marshal5 episodes
HorizonCommentatorEpisode: "Light of the 21st Century"
1979Suez 1956Sir Walter MoncktonTV film
The Onedin LineUncreditedEpisode: "The Suitor"
The Famous FiveMr. StickEpisode: "Five Run Away Together""
1980Only When I LaughBrian PerkinsEpisode: "Where There's a Will"
All Creatures Great and SmallRoddyEpisode: "Hair of the Dog"
Play for TodayJudge Barnes-RitchieEpisode: "No Defence"
1981John DiamondJoseph K'NeeTV film
BognorXavier6 episodes
Tales from the Thousand and One NightsThe SwindlerTV film
Play for TodayCommodore LondonderryEpisode: "PQ17"
1981–82NannyMr. Jessop5 episodes
1982Foxy LadyJ.P. Schofield2 episodes
Shine on Harvey MoonWilfEpisode: "The Course of True Love"
BBC2 PlayhouseWilliam PierceEpisode: "The Pigman's Protege"
King's RoyalFather Campbell2 episodes
1983DramaramaThe InstructorEpisode: "The Young Person's Guide to Getting Their Ball Back"
JuryJamesEpisode: "Ann"
Play for TodayMalcolmEpisode: "Reluctant Chickens"
The CleopatrasSextusEpisode: "100 BC"
Doctor WhoSecond DoctorEpisode: "The Five Doctors"
1984The Two RonniesMileaway Villager
The Judge
Episode #10.4
Episode: "1984 Christmas Special"
The Box of DelightsCole Hawlings3 episodes
Swallows and Amazons Forever!: The Big SixHarry BangateTV film
MinderJoe ManciniEpisode: "Windows"
AmyLord RothermereTV film
1985Summer SeasonGeraldEpisode: "Long Term Memory"
Doctor WhoSecond DoctorThe Two Doctors; 3 episodes
1986The Two of UsPerce5 episodes
1987Inspector MorseGeorge JacksonEpisode: "The Dead of Jericho"
Yesterday's DreamsJack4 episodes
Super GranGreat Sporran of the IslesEpisode: "Supergran and the Heir Apparent"
Knights of GodArthur13 episodes, (final appearance)

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2015Lego DimensionsSecond DoctorVoice archives


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Further reading

  • Roderick Braithwaite. "'Strikingly Alive', The History of the Mill Hill School Foundation 1807–2007"; published Phillimore & Co. ISBN 978-1-86077-330-3
  • Haining, Peter & British Broadcasting Corporation 1984, Doctor Who : the key to time : a year-by-year record, W.H. Allen, London. ISBN 0-491-03283-8
  • Howe, David J., Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker. Doctor Who: The Sixties. London: Virgin Publishing, 1993. ISBN 0-86369-707-0.
  • Troughton, Patrick. Interview with Terry Phillips. KTEH, San Jose, California. 1985.
  • Troughton, Michael "Patrick Troughton, by his son Michael Troughton"; published by
  • Vahimagi, Tise. British Television: An Illustrated Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press / British Film Institute. 1994. ISBN 0-19-818336-4.
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