Denis Lill

  1. Ian McCulloch, Doctor Who #130: Warriors of The Deep, 1984.     The 13 possible Nilsons were New Zealand’s Lill, Peter Arne, Ian Holm, Alfred Lynch, Ian McKellen, Clive Merrison (BBC Radio’s Sherlock Holmes), John Normington plus five of the astonishing army of 203 candidates for just 18 roles in that year’s Lifeforce movie mess: Nicholas Ball, Tom Chadbon, Michael Gothard, Ronald Lacey, Edward Peel. Not the happiest of Whoverse shoots – and not just because Doc5 Peter Davison folllowed Doc2 Patrick Troughton’s golden rule. Three seasons and out. Lill won other roles – Dr Fendelman in #94: Image of the Fendahl, 1977, with Do4 Tom Baker and Sir George Hutchinson in #131: The Awakening, 1984, opposite Doc5 Peter Davison.
  2. William Gaunt, Doctor Who #142: Revelation of the Daleks, 1985.       For the second time, 25 actors were up for a single rôle… in a Doctor flaming Who. Preposterous..! An unlikely choice for a mercenary, Gaunt was selected late in the game after an exhausting Orcini search through Lill, Joss Ackland, Ray Brooks, James Ellis, John Fraser, Peter Gilmore, Philip Madoc, Peter Vaughan… Plus Lifeforcers: Tom Adams, George Baker, John Carson, Frank Finlay, Julian Glover, Michael Gothard, Del Henney, Peter Jeffrey, TP McKenna, Patrick Mower, Clifford Rose, Patrick Stewart, Nigel Stock, Anthony Valentine, David Warner and Frank Windsor. The difference being Who was science fiction and Lifeforce was science fart.
  3. Ian Hogg, Doctor Who #153: Ghost Light, TV, 1989.       Scandal-ridden producer John Nathan-Taylor wanted to end his tenure with A Star!  He tried to land Caine opposite Doc7 Syvester McCoy as Josiah Samuel Smith. Think again, sunshine.   OK, Lill or Hogg. 

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