ith the recent news of Matt Smith joining Richard E. Grant in the upcoming instalment in the Star Wars franchise, many fans on the internet have been discussing who has and who hasn’t appeared in Doctor Who and Star Wars. Many of the actors who were mentioned took me by surprise, however, after some digging turns out that some of their scenes were cut before the films’ release.
Below is a mere handful of actors from the world of Doctor Who and Star Wars, the list is vast and I've selected a few recognisable faces that us Nerds are familiar with. Some of which took me by surprise. Enjoy, my fellow Sci-Fi boffins!
The swords master used his expertise for the role of Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Due to being six inches shorter than David Prowse, the fighting scenes were filmed from a lower angle to give the sense that he was towering over Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), he also played the role of Rebel Officer; Trey Callum during the Battle of Hoth in the Empire Strikes Back. Anderson’s Doctor Who role was that of “Fighting Guard” in Enemy of the World (1967).
Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker let his voice to Disney’s Star Wars: Rebels. Where he played the role of the force-sensitive creature; The Bendu, the creature claims to represents the centre of the Force, between the light and the dark side. The heroes of Rebels encounter the malevolent creature on the remote planet of Atollon. It’s there where the creature helps rekindle the broken-down relationship between Jedi Master Kanan and his Padawan, Ezra Bridger. Baker is famously known for his rich fruity voice and his time on Doctor Who that lasted seven years.
Flash Gordon star Brian Blessed, like Tom Baker, lent his voice to the world of Star Wars. Blessed can be heard as Boss Nass in the 1999 prequel Star Wars, Episode I, The Phantom Menace. But it was in the 1980’s that Blessed had a guest appearance in Doctor Who. Brian Blessed appeared as the Warlord of Thordon; Yrcanos in the serial Mindwarp, which was the second chapter of the 13 part story, Trial of a Time Lord (1986).
Love Actually (2003) star briefly appeared in The Force Awakens (2015) but to many Doctor Who fans he appeared as Tim Latimer in the 2007 two-part story Human Nature/The Family of Blood. Originally Human Nature was originally a novel but was adapted for third series of the newly revived series. Brodie-Sangster is more known for his performance in the TV mini-series Feather Boy (2003). The baby-faced boy caught the hearts of millions of viewers and can be seen today in Game of Thrones (2013-14), The Maze Runner (2014-18), Nanny McPhee (2005) and Nowhere Boy (2008).
Doctor Who veteran Jeremy Bulloch appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy as the infamous bounty Boba Fett. He was also a stand-in as an Imperial Officer in The Empire Strikes Back. Though we don’t actually see Bulloch in the films, he and David Prowse were both hidden behind a mask. Bulloch appeared two Doctor Who serials; The Space Museum (1965) and The Time Warrior (1973-74).
Known to many as Captain Michael Yates, Richard Franklin like many other Doctor Who co-stars have joined them in the Star Wars universe. Franklin appeared in the 2016 prequel Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Franklin played the role of Sirro Argonne, one of the many scientists who were the brains behind the construction the Death Star. Sadly Franklin’s scenes for the prequel was one of those “if you blink, you’ll miss him!” Captain Yates was one of the many UNIT officers who appeared the series in the majority of Pertwee’s time on the show.
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