Forbes Collins

  1. Michael Keating, Blake’s 7, TV, 1978-1981.         The actor who sounds more like a publishing company was up for master thief Vila Restal in what Terry Nation (also the creator of Doctor Who’s Daleks) pitchedasThe Dirty Dozen In Space…So were Peter Benson, and Mike Grady. Keating was the only Blakian to appear inall 52 chapters. Collins went on to be Kings John and Richard in Maid Marian And Her Merry Men, 1989-1994.
  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 a missing Concorde. Collins, Dallas Adams, Sean Arnold, Colin Baker, Andrew Burt, Tom Chadbon, Michael Cochrane, Ian Collier, 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 First Officer Bilton    
  4.  Michael McDermott   Doctor Who # 122: Time Flight, TV, 1982.     … and also for Sheard – which wasn’t even offered to another Whoverse favourite Michael… Sheard.
  5. Maurice O’Connell, Doctor Who #132: Frontios, TV, 1984.      Seventeen possibles for Cockerill opposite Doc6 Peter Davison. O’Connell won. And lost. Most of his work was cut. Huge sigh of relief from…Collins, Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Ball, Jim Broadbent, Tom Chadbon, Maurice Colbourne, Michael Elphick, Michael Gothard, John Hallam,. Del Henney, Philip Jackson, Alan Lake, Terry Molloy, Tony Osoba, Edward Peel, Donald Sumpter and Stephen Yardley. The following year, Collins was the Chief Officer in #138: Vengeance on Varos, 1985.

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