Michael Jayston

  1. Emrys James, Doctor Who #112: State of Decay, TV, 1980.    There were 21 potential Aukons and all – except James – had been this way before, standing at the Whoverse portal, awaiting a callback . Jayston, Peter Arne, Colin Baker, Steven Berkoff, John Carson, David Collings, Peter Gilmore, Michael Gothard, John Hallam, Donald Houston, Martin Jarvis, Ronald Lacey, William Lucas, Ian McKellen, John Normington, Patrick Stewart, Anthony Valentine, Peter Vaughan, David Warner, Peter Wyngarde.
  2. Roger Moore, For Your Eyes Only, 1981.
  3. Michael Byrne, Smiley’s People, TV, 1982. For Alec Guinness’ second stanza as John Le Carré’s spymaster, George Smiley, the producers wanted to keep his “Circus” team intact from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 1979. Howewer Jayston was unavailable to continue as Smiley’s right-hand man Peter Guillam – due to the Flesh and Blood series, 1980-1982.  In one of his 158 screen roles (1962-2018), Byrne was a perfect substitute.  
  4. Tony Caunter, Doctor Who #127: Enlightenment, TV, 1983. Jayston and Nigel Hawthorne passed on Jackson. They must have read the script. Because poor Caunter was denied a credit… in the first (and only) Whoverse episode scripted and directed by women, Barbara Clegg and Fiona Cumming, respectively.
  5. Keith Barron, Doctor Who #127: Enlightenment, TV, 1983. Jayston was also offered Captain Striker in Doc5 Peter Davison’s four-parter. But so was Barron.
  6. Frank Windsor, Doctor Who #128 : The King’s Demons, 1983. Producer John Nathan-Taylor’s usual suspects were flagpoled for Sir Ranulf Fitzwilliam at the court of King John, circa 1215… Jayston, Joss Ackland, George Baker, Ian Bannen, Julian Glover, Peter Jeffrey, Dinsdale Landen, Alfred Lynch, TP McKenna, Clifford Rose, Peter Vaughan, Edward Woodward. Plus three Z Cars cops: booming Brian Blessed, Irish James Ellis… and the quiet Windsor.
  7. Patrick Stewart, Lifeforce, 1984.
  8. 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 of the astonishing army of 203 candidates for just 18 roles in that year’s Lifeforce movie mess: Nicholas Ball, Steven Berkoff, Tom Chadbon, Paul Darrow, Michael Gothard, Don Henderson, Del Henney (he became Colonel Archer), Martin Jarvis, Michael Jayston, Edward Peel, George Sewell, Patrick Stewart, Anthony Valentine and David Warner. The difference being Who was science fiction and Lifeforce was science fart. Jayston finally turned up in the Whoverse as the evil Valeyard (an anagam of The Doctor betwixt the 11th and 11th regenerations) in #143: The Trial of a Time Lord, TV, 1986.
  9. Christopher Gable, Doctor Who #135: The Caves of Androzani, TV, 1984. Mixed signals about Sharez Jek… Rock idols like David Bowie, Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger and the rockerish Tim Curry – or actors Patrick Allen, Nicholas Ball, Steven Berkoff, Brian Cox, Christopher Gable, Michael Gambon, Julian Glover, John Hurt, Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Michael Jayston, Oliver Tobias. Jayston was also seen for…
  10. John Normington, Doctor Who #135: The Caves of Androzani, TV, 1984.   Joss Ackland, Patrick Allen, George Baker, Ian Bannen, Julian Glover, Martin Jarvis, Michael Jayston were all on the Morgus wish list.





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