Michael Elphick

  1. Gareth Hunt, The New Avengers, TV, 1976-1977.      Patrick Macnee was getting a trifle too rotund to be running and fighting around as John Steed. So a third wheel was drafted in to share the load. Instead, Elphick became Boon, 1986-1992. Also up for Mike Gambit were two other future and longer-running TV heroes – Lewis Collins (Bodie in The Professionals,1977-1983) and John Nettles (Bergerac, 1981-1991) – for he same writer-producer, Brian Clemens.
  2. 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…, Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Ball, Jim Broadbent, Tom Chadbon, Forbes Collins, Maurice Colbourne, Michael Gothard, John Hallam,. Del Henney, Philip Jackson, Alan Lake, Terry Molloy, Tony Osoba, Edward Peel, Donald Sumpter and Stephen Yardley.
  3. Maurice Roëves, Doctor Who #135: The Caves of Androzani, TV, 1984.      Regular Whoverse candidates Elphick, Patrick Allen, Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Ball, Steven Berkoff, Kenneth Cope, and outsider Warren Clarke were Stotz candidates.  
  4. Terry Molloy, Doctor Who #137: Attack of the Cybermen, TV, 1984.      Elphick (up for Russell) managed the double whammy of top UK soaps – Coronation Street and EastEnders – but never visited the Whoverse during his 106 screen roles.  
  5. Don Henderson, Doctor Who #146: Delta and The Bannermen, TV, 1987.     Chimeron Queen Delta escapes the baddies and heads to Disneyland ( !) but arrives instead at… a Welsh holiday camp! Director Chris Clough chose Henderson for Bannerman boss Gavrok from (infamous) producer John Nathan-Taylor’s familiar dartboard list: Elphick Nicholas Ball, Kenneth Colley, Michael Gothard, Bernard Hill, Jeremy Kemp, Ronald Lacey, TP McKenna, Clifford Rose, Peter Vaughan, Simon Ward, David Warner.

 Birth year: 1946Death year: 2012Other name: Casting Calls:  5