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7 years, 10 months ago
It's been bad lately. Loads of great actors have passed away. Freddy Treves, Peter Halliday, Dennis Chinnery. In non-Who
-actor news, Nicol Williamson.
And now... Philip Madoc.
This is genuinely hard for me to take in.
Philip Madoc was a great actor. An actor who could bend his whole shape into the character he was playing. An actor who could move like an entirely different person from role to role... and watch the way he moves. Solon moves in an entirely different manner to Fenner, who moves in an entirely different manner to the War Lord. And he was a great vocal actor, able to give every character his own vocal rhythm and tone.
His performance as Solon in 'The Brain of Morbius' is burned into my memories of childhood. I imagine that's true of many of us Who
fans who grew up in the VHS years.
And there's the slimey, posh, ruthless spiv Brockley in the film version of Dalek Invasion.
Later, of course, (later for me, I mean) there was the War Lord. A totally different entity to Solon.
Solon is flamboyant, jittery, vain, pompous, self-consciously machiavellian (to his own immature delight) and deeply ...