Maurice Denham

  1. Peter Illing, Campbell’s Kingdom, 1956.        It happened all the time in Rank films at Pinewood: one busy UK character actor was swopped for another. By the end of their careers, Denham had played 190 screen roles to Illing’s 20-year score of 95.  
  2. Edward Underdown, Doctor Who #110: Meglos, TV, 1980.        Second John Nathan-Taylor production of his eclectic 80s had veterans Denham, Esmond Knight and Ralph Michael in contention for Zastor opposite Doc4 Tom Baker on the forest planet Tygella.
  3. John Fraser, Doctor Who #115: Logopolis, TV, 1981.        Age apparently, didn’t matter. The Monitor was 60 but producer John Nathan-Taylor’s usual suspects ranged from Harry Andrews at 77 to Hywel Bennett at…37! Plus Denham, 72; Marius Goring, 69; Peter Cushing, 68; Bernard Archard, Michael Gough, 65; Nigel  Stock, 62; Geoffrey Bayldon, 57; William Lucas, 56; Frank Finley, 55; Barry Foster, Frank Windsor, 54; John Fraser, 50; Peter Wyngarde, 48. This as the episode that Brian Epstein would not let The Beatles appear in. But he OKed Top of the Pops footage of Ticket To Ride.
  4. Nigel Stock, Doctor Who #122: Time-Flight, TV, 1982.       After several invites, Nigel Stock finally joined the Whoverse – when winning Professor Hayter from Denham, Bernard Archard, Geoffrey Bayldon, John Carson, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough and William Lucas… in the one about the missing Concorde.
  5. Patrick Stewart, Lifeforce, 1984.
  6. Aubrey Morris, Lifeforce, 1984.
  7. Frank Finlay, Lifeforce, 1984.
  8. Frederick Hall, Doctor Who #131: The Awakening, TV, 1984.       At 82, Denham was hardly averse to playing old guys (like Tegan’s grandfather, Andrew Verney) but just not interested in short roles! The Doc5 Petet Davison tale was also short, cut from four to two chapters by the simple expecient of axing – heaven forfend! – the Daleks!
  9. Brian Oulton, Young Sherlock Holmes, 1985.      Oulton took over Master Snelgrove from an ailing Denham. The Steven Spielberg production proved to be Oulton’s final film – and indeed of three other UK character stalwarts: Willoughby Goddard, Nigel Stock, and Lockwood West.


 Birth year: 1909Death year: 2002Other name: Casting Calls:  9