John Stratton

  1. Bill Fraser, Doctor Who #110: Meglos, TV, 1980.       Co-writer John Flanagan created General Grugger for Lee Marvin (!) – and was staggered when new producer John Nathan-Taylor chose Fraser, a sitcom clown. Akin to subbing Marvin with Phil Silvers. Some thought was also given to four Z Cars cops – Brian Blessed, James Ellis, Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor – and the Houston brothers, Donald and Glyn. Plus Stratton, Harry Andrews, Bernard Archard, Peter Cushing, Ronald Fraser, Peter Gilmore, TP McKenna, Donald Pleasence, Leonard Sachs, George Sewell, Nigel Stock, Richard Todd and Peter Vaughan … very familiar names on Nathan-Taylor’s casting (dart) board throughout his eclectic and scandal-ridden 80s reign.
  2. Glyn Houston, Doctor Who #131: The Awakening, TV, 1984.       A dozen of producer John Nathan-Taylor’s usual suspects were up for Colonel Ben Wolsey opposite Doc5 Peter Davison… Stratton, Houston, Joss Ackland, Terence Alexander, Michael Craig, James Ellis, Peter Gilmore, John Hallam, Jeremy Kemp, Conrad Phillips, Patrick Stewart, Peter Vaughan. The following year, Stratton was Shockeye in #140: The Two Doctors – namely Doc2 Patrick Troughton and the short lived Doc6 Colin Baker.

 Birth year: 1925Death year: 1991Other name: Casting Calls:  2