Maurice Colbourne

  1. Gareth Thomas, Blake’s 7, TV, 1978-1981.       Seen for Roj Blake, head of what Terry Nation (also the creator of Doctor Who’s Daleks) pitched as The Dirty Dozen In Space… His rivals included Tom Adams. Alun Armstrong, Warren Clarke, Brian Croucher (he played Travis for six episodes), Paul Darrow (who became Avon), Peter Egan, Martin Jarvis, Christian Roberts and Donald Sumpter. Welshman Thomas quit after 28 of the 52 chapters when the BBC  wouldn’t let him direct.  He never did direct for TV – never watched himself on the box,  either.
  2. 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… Colbourne, Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Ball, Jim Broadbent, Tom Chadbon, Forbes Collins, Michael Elphick, Michael Gothard, John Hallam, Del Henney, Philip Jackson, Alan Lake, Terry Molloy (aka Davros), Tony Osoba, Edward Peel, Donald Sumpter and Stephen Yardley.
  3. Michael Gothard, Lifeforce, 1984.
  4. Nicholas Ball, Lifeforce, 1984.
  5. Peter Firth, Lifeforce, 1984.
  6. John Hallam, Lifeforce, 1984.
  7. Chris Sullivan, Lifeforce, 1984.
  8. Nigel Humphreys, Doctor Who #130: Warriors of The Deep, 1984.       The 17 choices for Bulic were Richard Heffer, Roger Lloyd Pack, Bruce McCulloch, Terry Molloy, Stephen Rea, Carl Rigg, Donald Sumpter, Dave Warwick, Steve Yardley – plus Colbourne (aka the ruthless mercenary Lytton in 1984-1085), Nicholas Ball, Tom Chadbon, Paul Darrow, Michael Gothard, Tony Osoba, Edward Peel from the army of 203 candidates for just 18 roles in that year’s Lifeforce movie mess. The difference being that Who was science fiction, Lifeforce was science fart.


 Birth year: 1939Death year: 1989Other name: Casting Calls:  8