Glyn Huston

  1. Bill Fraser, Doctor Who #110: Meglos, TV, 1980.     Co-writer John Flanagan created General Grugger for Lee Marvin (!) – and was staggered when new producer John Nathan-Taylor chose Fraser, a sitcom clown. Akin to subbing Marvin with Phil Silvers. Some thought was also given to fJN-T’s favourite Z Cars cops – Brian Blessed, James Ellis, Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor – and the Houston brothers, Glyn and Donald. Plus Harry Andrews, Bernard Archard, Peter Cushing, Ronald Fraser, Peter Gilmore, TP McKenna, Donald Pleasence, Leonard Sachs, George Sewell, Nigel Stock, John Stratton, Richard Todd and Peter Vaughan… very familiar names on Nathan-Taylor’s casting (dart) board throughout his eclectic and scandalous 80s reign..
  2. Richard Easton, Doctor Who # 122: Time Flight, TV, 1982.     The 19 nominations for Concorde pilot Captain Stapley in the worst Doc5 Peter Davison episode (the budget ran out…) were  Houston, Easton, Terence Alexander, Peter Arne, Keith Barron, Brian Blessed, John Carson, Michael Craig, Paul Darrow, Peter Gilmore, Michael Gothard, John Hallam, Terrence Hardiman, Del Henney, Martin Jarvis, William Lucas, Conrad Phillips, Anthony Valentine and Frank Windsor.
  3. George Sewell, Doctor Who #148: Remembrance of the Daleks, 1988.   Aunty searched for fascist leader Ratcliffe among Houston, Joss Ackland, Kenneth Cope, Peter Gilmore, Bernard Hill, Stratford Johns… and survivors of the astonishing army of 203 candidates for just 18 roles in Lifeforce in 1984: George Baker, Keith Barron, Steven Berkoff, John Carson, Kenneth Colley, Del Henney, Ronald Lacey, TP McKenna, David Warner, Frank Windsor. The difference being Who was science fiction and Lifeforce was science fart. Houston was Professor Watson in Doc4 Tom Baker’s # 87: The Hand of Fear, 1976, and Colonel Wolsey with Doc5 Peter Davison in #131: The Awakening, 1984.
  4. Ronald Fraser, Doctor Who #149: The Happiness Patrol, 1988.    If the cap fits… Sixteen actors, from the rarely changing Whoverse register, were seen for the same three roles. Fraser won Joseph C from Houston, George Baker, Keith Barron, John Carson, Peter Cellier, Kenneth Cope, Frank Finlay, Nigel Hawthorne, William Lucas, Michael Robbins, Clifford Rose, Moray Watson, Frank Windsor.
  5. Harold Innocent, Doctor Who #149: The Happiness Patrol, 1988. Innocent became Gilbert M from the same group…
  6. John Normington, Doctor Who #149: The Happiness Patrol, 1988. …and Normington was selected for Trevor Sgma instead of any of the others…

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