Del Henney

  1. James Warwick, Doctor Who #121: Earthshock, 1982.     In Doc5 Peter Davison’s Cybermen encounter, circa 2526, Lieutenant Scott was offered to Henney, Colin Baker (to be Doc6 in 1984-1986), Nicholas Ball, Andrew Burt, Lewis Collins, Peter Firth, Martin Jarvis, Tim Pigott-Smith, Patrick Ryecart, Patrick Stewart, David Warner, Simon Williams. Plus Gareth Hunt (aka Mike Gambit) from TV’s 1976-1977 New Avengers. And the more successful 1977-1983 Professionals: Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw, aka Bodie and Doyle.
  2. Richard Easton, Doctor Who # 122: Time Flight, TV, 1982.     The 19 nominations for Concorde pilot Captain Stapley in the worst Doc5 Peter Davison episode (the budget ran out…) were  Henney, Easton, Terence Alexander, Peter Arne, Keith Barron, Brian Blessed, John Carson, Michael Craig, Paul Darrow, Peter Gilmore, Michael Gothard, John Hallam, Terrence Hardiman, Glyn Houston, Martin Jarvis, William Lucas, Conrad Phillips, Anthony Valentine and Frank Windsor.
  3. Andrew Burt, Doctor Who #126: Terminus, TV, 1983.      Henney, Burt, Nicholas Ball, Tom Chabon, Paul Darrow, Michael Gothard, Bernard Hill, Patrick Mower, Patrick Stewart, Anthony Valentine, David Warner were in the Valgard mix – to join Doc5 Peter Davison at the Terminus space station which proves to be a leper colony. Dissolve…
  4. Jack Galloway, Doctor Who #131: The Awakening, TV, 1984.      Up for Joseph Willow in the Doc5 Peter Davison trip – Henney, Galloway, Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Ball, Jim Broadbent, Tom Chadbon, John Hallam, Prentis Hancock, Roy Holder, Alan Lake, Terry Molloy, Edward Peel, Jeff Rawle, Carl Rigg, Paul Shelley, Donald Sumpter, Malcolm Tierney were familiar names from producer John Nathan-Taylor’s casting/dart board. He also voted for three newcomers: Geoffrey Bateman, Scott Fredericks, Ian Talbot.
  5. Maurice O’Connell, Doctor Who #132: Frontios, TV, 1983.      Seventeen possibles for Cockerill opposite Doc6 Peter Davison. O’Connell won. And lost. Most of his work was cut. Huge sigh of relief from… Henney,   Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Ball, Jim Broadbent, Tom Chadbon, Maurice Colbourne, Forbes Collins, Michael Elphick, Michael Gothard, John Hallam, Philip Jackson, Alan Lake, Terry Molloy, Tony Osoba, Edward Peel, Donald Sumpter and Stephen Yardley.
  6. Nicholas Ball, Lifeforce, 1984.
  7. Peter Firth, Lifeforce, 1984.
  8. Chris Sullivan, Lifeforce, 1984.
  9. John Hallam, Lifeforce, 1984.
  10. Tom Adams, Doctor Who #130: Warriors of The Deep, 1984.      Competing for Commander Vorshak in Doc5 Peter Davison’s finale were 13 of the astonishing army of 203 candidates for just 18 roles in that year’s Lifeforce movie mess: Henney, Steven Berkoff, Kenneth Colley, Michael Craigh, Paul Darrow, Anton Diffring, Martin Jarvis, Ian McCulloch, Patrick Mower, Patrick Stewart, David Warner, Simon Williams and Peter Wyngarde. Plus three outsiders: Brian Blessed, Peter Gilmore, Gareth Hunt.
  11. Maurice Colbourne, Doctor Who #133: Resurrection Of The Daleks, TV, 1984.       Producer John Nathan-Turner wanted a name for Commander Lytton… like Meg Bennett, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Cope, Timothy Dalton (the future Lord President in #202: The End of Time, 2000), Leslie Grantham (not yet Dirty Den in EastEnders), Alfred Lynch, Clive Merrison (BBC Radio’s Sherlock Holmes), Terry Molloy (aka Davros), John Rhys-Davies, Maurice Roëves. Plus several Lifeforcers: Henney (he became Colonel Archer), Nicholas Ball, Steven Berkoff, Tom Chadbon, Paul Darrow, Michael Gothard, Don Henderson, Martin Jarvis, Michael Jayston, Edward Peel, George Sewell, Patrick Stewart, Anthony Valentine and David Warner. All 25 up for one role in Doctor Who… Preposterous!
  12. William Gaunt, Doctor Who #142: Revelation of the Daleks, 1985.     And yet another 25..! An unlikely choice for a mercenary, Gaunt was selected late in the game after an exhausting Orcini search through Joss Ackland, Ray Brooks, James Ellis, John Fraser, Peter Gilmore, Denis Lill, Philip Madoc, Peter Vaughan… Plus, but of course, survivors of the Lifeforce regiment: Henney, Tom Adams, George Baker, John Carson, Frank Finlay, Julian Glover, Michael Gothard, Peter Jeffrey, TP McKenna, Patrick Mower, Clifford Rose, Patrick Stewart, Nigel Stock, Anthony Valentine, David Warner and Frank Windsor.
  13. Simon Williams, Doctor Who #148: Remembrance of the Daleks, 1988.      Despite the importance of the show – the 25th anniversary season opener –   eleven actorss passed on Group Captain Gilmore. Henney, Adams, Nicholas Ball, Tom Chadbon, Michael Cochrane, Lewis Collins, Ian Ogilvy, Tim Pigott-Smith, Neil Stacy, Simon Ward and James Warwick. Enter: Williams, aka James Bellamy in Upstairs, Downstairs, the Downton Abbey of its day – 1971-1975.
  14. George Sewell, Doctor Who #148: Remembrance of the Daleks, 1988.      Aunty searched for fascist leader Ratcliffe among Joss Ackland, Kenneth Cope, Peter Gilmore, Bernard Hill, Glyn Houston, Stratford Johns… and, inevitably, more Lifeforcers: Henney, George Baker, Keith Barron, Steven Berkoff, John Carson, Kenneth Colley, Ronald Lacey, TP McKenna, David Warner, Frank Windsor. The difference being Who was science fiction and Lifeforce was science fart. The Irish Henney finally turned up in the Whoverse as Colonel Archer in #133: Resurrection of the Daleks, 1984.

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