Tuesday 26 October 2010
Graham Crowden (R.I.P)
The rather marvellous Graham Crowden passed away last week following a short illness. To many Doctor Who fans, the Scottish actor will be remembered as the evil Soldeed in the season 17 story, The Horns of Nimon, alongside the then Doctor, Tom Baker.
However, Crowden is probably best known for playing the dementia-suffering Tom Ballard in another BBC series, Waiting for God with Stephanie Cole. For five years, the brilliantly offbeat show on Thursday nights, as two pensioners - left to a retirement home - keep themselves amused, by fighting against boredom and nursing home oppression.
Crowden's sole appearance in Doctor Who came several years after he was initially considered the lead part - a role that eventually went to Baker. According to then producer Barry Letts, Crowden was unwilling to commit to one job for such a long period and turned it down.
So here, find Crowden's death scene, as the deluded Soldeed finally gets his comeuppance from the wonderful Romana (played by Lady Lalla Ward) and the hero of Nimon, Seth (Simon Gipps-Kent).
Graham Crowden (R.I.P., 1922-2010)