Michael Cchrane

  1. Paul Shelley, Doctor Who #117: Four To Doomsday, TV, 1981.     Cochrane was not persuaded to play the Minister of Persuasion. Nor were Michael Cashman, Tom Chadbon, Jack Galloway, Martin Jarvis, Paul Jerricho, George Baker, Clive Merrison (BBC Radio 4’s Sherlock Holmes), Martin Potter, Malcolm Tierney and James Warwick. This was Doc5 Peter Davison’s second outing. “And I didn’t know what I was doing!”
  2. Keith Drinkel, Doctor Who # 122: Time Flight, TV, 1982.       As many as 25 casting (or dart) board regulars were up for any (or all!) of three characters in Doc4 Peter Davison’s case of the missing Concorde. Cochrane, Dallas Adams, Sean Arnold, Colin Baker, Andrew Burt, Tom Chadbon, Ian Collier, Forbes Collins, Eric Deacon, Jack Galloway, Richard Heffer, Paul Jerricho, Ian McCulloch, Clive Merrison (BBC Radio’s Sherlock Holmes), Terry Molloy aka Davros), Edward Peel, Martin Potter, Jeff Rawle, Carl Rigg, Patrick Ryecart, Malcolm Stoddard, Donald Sumpter, Robert Swann Malcolm Tierney, Stephen Yardley – they were all up for Flight Engineer Scobie…
  3. Michael Cashman, Doctor Who # 122: Time Flight, TV, 1982.       …and for First Officer Bilton
  4. Michael McDermott   Doctor Who # 122: Time Flight, TV, 1982.       … also for for Sheard – who wasn’t even offered to another Whoverse favourite, Michael… Sheard.
  5. Eric Deacon, Doctor Who #141: Timelash, TV, 1985.       Cochrane was also among nine potentials shuffled by director Pennant Roberts for Mykros. The others were Deacon, Tom Chadbon, brothers Christopher and Dominic Guard, Martin Potter (a long way from Fellini), Patrick Ryecart, Paul Shelley and James Warwick.
  6. Patrick Ryecart, Doctor Who #143: The Trial Of A Time Lord, TV, 1986.       One producer John Nathan-Taylor favourte for another as Crozier in the season-long saga, putting the very franchise in the dock as much as (the disliked) Doc6 Colin Baker.
  7. Simon Williams, Doctor Who #148: Remembrance of the Daleks, 1988. Despite the importance of the show – the 25th anniversary season opener –  eleven actors passed on Group Captain Gilmore. Cochrane, Adams, Nicholas Ball, Tom Chadbon, Lewis Collins, Del Henney, 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 – TV, 1971-1975. Cochrane had been Lord Cranleigh for Doc5 Peter Davison’s #120: Black Orchid, 1982, and played Redvers Fenn-Cooper in Doc 7 Sylvester McCoy’s #153: Ghost Light, 1989. His older brother, Martin, was General Chellak in #135: The Caves of Androzani, TV, 1984.

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