Philip Madoc Dies

Veteran actor dead at 77.

5 Mar 2012
by Steve O'Brien


Philip Madoc, one of the Classic Who era's most frequent and ever-reliable guest stars, has died at the age of 77.


His first brush with Who came in 1966 in the Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD movie, where he played the smuggler Brockley. Two years later, he would appear in two stories from Patrick Troughton's final series, as the Gond Eelek in The Krotons and as the War Lord in The War Games.


He would return to the series in 1976, playing the obsessive scientist Solon in The Brain Of Morbius, and later in 1979 as Fenner in The Power Of Kroll. Madoc would return to the Who fold in the noughties for Big Finish, playing opposite Sylvester McCoy in 2003's Master and later opposite Colin Baker in Return Of The Krotons, playing the new role of Rag Cobden.


Philip Madoc

His most famous role was probably the German U-Boat Captain in the episode of Dad's Army that prompted Captain Mainwaring to shout the famous line, "Don't tell him Pike!"


He was a familiar face on television in the 60s, 70s and 80s, however, turning up in programmes such as The Avengers, Porridge, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and A Very British Coup.


Arguably his most distinguished work - and his favourite role - was as the Liberal Prime Minister Lloyd George in the 1981 BBC drama The Life And Times Of David Lloyd George. Elaine Morgan, who wrote the screenplay for the serial, paid tribute to him as "immensely versatile" with "a wonderful voice".


"When he found out there was going to be a series about David Lloyd-George he was hell-bent on getting the part," said Morgan. "He was successful, of course, and did a great job of it. He was just so professional. I think other people liked acting with him because he never tried to shine at the expense of those around him."


"He was always bemused at being remembered for the 'Don't tell him, Pike' scene from Dad's Army. He used to say there were hundreds of episodes of Dad's Army and he couldn't work out why people focused on that one."


In a statement, Madoc's family said, "He will be greatly missed by his son, daughter and grandchildren. Although he suffered from cancer, he was very well looked after by the staff at Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood, for which the family are very grateful. He died peacefully in his sleep, at 9am this morning."


His last Doctor Who-connected work was in December, recording a commentary for The Krotons.


Click here for to hear that amazing Madoc voice reading Dylan Thomas's Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night




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