Dinsdale Landen

  1. Philip Bond, Doctor Who #2: The Daleks, TV, 1963.      When shooting dates changed for the birth of the Daleks, , Landen was no longer available. Bond, Phllip Bond, became Ganataus. However, it would be 26 years later before Landen joined the Whoverses in Doc7 Sylvester McCoy’s #154: The Curse of Fenric, 1989… as Dr Judson, based on the WWII code-breaker, Alan Turing, aka Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2014 film, The Imitation Game.
  2. Glyn Houston, Doctor Who #87: The Hand of Fear, TV, 1976.        One Glyn for another as Donald’s younger brother took over Professor Watson from Landen, Glyn Owen, Patrick Stewart and Stephen Yardley – for the Doc4 Tom Baker yarn.
  3. Scott Caffrey, Doctor Who #92: The Horror of Fang Rock, TV, 1977.    Lord Palmerdale was first offered to Landen for the Doc4 story that sounds like a Jim Henson fantasy but was inspired by the like a Jim Henson film – but was inspired by the real life disappearance of three lighthouse keepers in the Outer Hebrides.
  4. John Carson, Doctor Who #124: Snakedance, TV, 1982.      Also up for the archaeologist Ambril opposite Doc5 Peter Davidson on Manussa, were Landen, Joss Ackland, Geoffrey Bayldon, Frank Finlay, Richard Johnson, William Lucas, TP McKenna and Clifford Rose.
  5. 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… Landen, Joss Ackland, George Baker, Ian Bannen, Julian Glover, Michael Jayston, Peter Jeffrey, 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.
  6. Patrick Stewart, Lifeforce, 1984.
  7. Aubrey Morris, Lifeforce, 1984
  8. Jerome Willis, Lifeforce, 1984.
  9. Peter Porteous, Lifeforce, 1984.
  10. Martin Jarvis, Doctor Who # 138: Vengeance on Varos, TV, 1984.    Jarvis, George Baker, Keith Barron, Brian Blessed, John Carson, Frank Landen, Finlay, Julian Glover, John Hallam, Terrence Hardiman, John Hurt, Derek Jacobi, Michael Jayston, Ian McKellen, Anthony Valentine, and David Warner were the 16 choices for the beleaguered Governor of Varos, a kind of Pontius Pilate.
  11. Terence Alexander, Doctor Who #139: Mark of The Rani, TV, 1985.    And again, producer John Nathan-Taylor’s usual casting board (or dart-board?) favourites were flagpoled for Lord Ravensworth in another Doc4 adventue. Landen, Joss Ackland, Harry Andrews, Bernard Archard, Robin Bailey, George Baker, Ian Bannen, Geoffrey Bayldon, John Carson, Peter Cushing, Alan Cuthbertson, Frank Finlay, Robert Flemyng, Michael Gough, TP McKenna, Donald Pickering, Peter Sallis, Patrick Stewart, Peter Vaughan… and the Z Cars cops James Ellis and Jeremy Kemp – 23 contenders for Lord Ravenworth. Phew! Standing was the most suitable as he was the the fourth baronet in his family’s line

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