Madoc … and Englishmen

Welsh actually.  Still it is with a heavy sigh to learn that Philip Madoc has died, aged 77.  Strange how some actors cast such a long shadow over a program such as Doctor Who.  The art of acting for many of the best character actors is to suggest menace rather than show it out-right.  In that regard Philip Madoc was masterful.

He could project such a wonderfully lugubrious quality running straight through from the smuggler Brockley in Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD to the War Lord in The War Games and then to his greatest triumph as Solon in The Brain of Morbius. 

Of course, his career carried over to many other series and appearances.  I remember his comedic appearance in “The Avengers” episode The Correct Way to Kill or as a slimy publisher in A Very British Coup.

What a magnificent head.