Colin Blakely

  1. Freddie Jones, Space: 1999, TV, 1976.         Battle of scene-stealers for Dr Charles Logan in the Journey To Where episode opposite Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. Freddie won. Both actors were more used to offers for journeys to Who – Doctor Who.
  2. Dennis Lill, Doctor Who #94: Image of the Fendahl, TV, 1977.      Anthony Bate quit as archeologist Dr Fendelman. Then, after musing over Blakely, John Carson, John Franklin-Robbins, Michael Gough and Robert Hardy, producer John Nathan-Taylor settled on Lill opposite Doc4 Tom Baker in a little UK village, instead of the usual strange planet. (Imagine a planet called Fetchborough!). Despite more than 80 screen roles, Blakely (a National Theatre player an a TV Jesus) never joined the Whoverse.
  3. Patrick Stewart, Lifeforce, 1984.
  4. Michael Gothard, Lifeforce, 1984.
  5. James Ellis, Troubles, TV, 1988.    A week’s strike forced many cast changes, such as a change of Irishman when Blakely had to pass Murphy to Ellis.

 Birth year: 1930Death year: 1987Other name: Casting Calls:  5