For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Patrick Troughton

pt6Patrick Troughton was a well renowned versatile actor, decorated war hero, one time Robin Hood and, of course, the second Doctor.pt5

Born in Mill Hill Middlesex on the 25/03/1920 he was the middle child of three. His father George was a solicitor his mother Dorothy a housewife.

He started acting in his local school plays and soon developed a love for it. He also showed a flair for performing and this lead to his parents paying for him to attend the Embassy School of Acting in Swiss Cottage Camden.

pt wargamesHis continuing success and development at the Embassy School lead to him being given a scholarship to the John Drew Memorial Theatre Long Island New York. It was here he really developed his art and started to make a name for himself within the New York theatre community.

His career was interrupted by the outbreak of World War Two. Feeling a sense of duty towards the land of his birth Patrick set out to return to the UK. Whist crossing the Atlantic the ship he was travelling on was attacked and sunk by a German U-Boat. Patrick, along with most of the passengers and crew, escaped via lifeboats. On his return to the UK he signed up and became an officer in the Royal Navy.

Patrick spent most of the war as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and was both decorated and mentioned in despatches for bravery numerous times. He was best remembered, by his comrades, for always wearing a tea cosy on his head to keep out the cold.

After the war he resurrected his actor career by appearing in a number plays in small theatres around London. This would eventually lead to him appearing in his first film. A small role in the film Escape which starred none other than William Hartnell.

More film and TV work followed but, his big break came when he became the first actor ever to play Robin Hood in a TV series. The show, simply named Robin Hood, was a hit and Patrick was critically acclaimed. He continued to appear in larger roles on both film and TV until in 1966 he was offered the role as the second Doctor.

He had already turned down a previous role, Jonny Ringo, in the Doctor Who story The Gunfighter. He was also not so keen to take the lead role within the show. He agreed to meet with the shows producers and worked on developing the character, with co-creator Sydney Newman, eventually turning him into a space hobo. William Hartnell approved of his replacement saying ’There’s only one man in England who can take over, and that’s Patrick Troughton’.


Patricks version of the Doctor was more humorous and added a little more action. He played the role until 1969. He left as he found the schedule gruelling and was worried, as many of the actors who played the role in the future were, of being typecast.

His career after Doctor Who was very successful. He continued with some major roles and appearances on both the small and large screen. One of his notable post Doctor roles was as Father Brennan in The Omen. It was in this role he also gave the world of horror films one of its most memorable deaths.

He would also appear, as the Doctor, in three more Doctor Who stories. The Three Doctors, The Five Doctors and The Two Doctors which, is remembered and one of Colin Bakers better episodes.

Patrick died, at the hotel he was staying in, of a heart attack three days after his birthday in 1987. He was attending a three day sci-fi convention at the time. Presenting some old episodes of his time as the Doctor. He had also spent hours meeting fans and signing autographs.

He was the first regeneration of the Doctor and it was down to his skill and his determination not to copy Hartnells interpretation that the character lives on. Instantly the audience has accepted that this was still the Doctor. Different face, voice and personality but, still the same character. This laid the foundation which has allowed the show to continue for over fifty years.

Recommended films and TV appearances (outside of Doctor Who):-

Phineas – Jason & the Argonauts

Robin Hood – Robin Hood

Farther Brennan – The Omen

Arthur – Knights of God

Cole Hawlings – The Box of Delights

Related Posts
Ōgon Bat

Ogun Bat is a Japanese superhero created by Takeo Nagamatsu in 1931 and is considered to be the first Japanese superhero. The anime ran 52 episodes between April 1st 1967 and March 23rd Read more

Zork: The Great Underground Empire – Part I (1980)

Released in December 1980, Zork: The Great Underground Empire - Part I aka Zork I was an interactive fiction video game written by Marc Blank, Dave Lebling, Bruce Daniels and Tim Read more

Zoolander 2 trailer released

Zoolander is back but a lot has happened since 2001! Rest assured the Ben Stiller comedy features familiar faces and a few new ones with plenty to get you excited. Read more

Zontar, the Thing from Venus (1966)

At a dinner party with their wives, NASA scientist Dr. Keith Ritchie (Tony Huston) reveals to his colleague Dr. Curt Taylor (John Agar) that he has secretly been in communication Read more

Zone Troopers (1985)

In Italy during World War II, an American military patrol discovers a spaceship that has crash-landed in the woods, along with its alien crew. A nearby Nazi unit also Read more

Zone Fighter

Zone Fighter was a tokusatsu science fiction/superhero television series produced by Toho Company Ltd. It aired from April 2nd 1973 to September 24th 1973, with a total of 26 episodes. The series follows Read more

Zombo – You Smell of Crime And I’m the Deodorant

When the government's latest crime deterrent, obmoz, goes completely off the rails and starts to destroy everything from the underfunded super team Planetronix to the president himself, who ya gonna Read more

Zombies-Outlive The Undead trailer released

Tony Todd is back in an all new zombie movie: When the world is in shambles, plagued by a zombie outbreak, only the strong will survive, but just how Read more

Zombiegeddon (2003)

Directed by Chris Watson and distributed by Troma Entertainment, Zombiegeddon begins as Satan creates a human-like race called zombies. When the zombies begin taking over the world, dirty cops Jeff Read more

Zombie Hotel

Zombie Hotel ran for twenty-six episodes in 2006 and focuses on Fungus and Maggot - two child zombies who pretend to be human to get into their local school. Read more

Zomben #1

After surviving the 'Multipocalypse', Ben tries to live a normal life, hiding the fact that he is infected with a zombie plague. His new friends have just found out ... Read more


A dutiful Samurai, a madcap Ninja and a bizarro Zen Monk team up to battle the undead in Feudal Japan. Can these unlikely allies stay friends long enough to stop Read more

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Based on Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen's book of the same name, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was directed by Kenneth Johnson and set in the year 2049. It Read more

Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (2010)

Arriving in 2010, Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City was the sequel for 2004's Zebraman, and starred Show Aikawa once again as Shinichi Ichikawa/Zebraman. As the film opens it Read more

Zebraman (2004)

Directed by Takashi Miike, Zebraman follows Shinichi Ichikawa (Shô Aikawa), a man whose life is unravelling before his eyes. At work he is a failing school teacher and at home he Read more

Zazie Beetz to Play Domino in Deadpool 2

Ryan Reynolds announced via Twitter that Zazie Beets (Atlanta) will play Domino in the upcoming Deadpool sequel: Deadpool 2 will be directed by David Leitch (John Wick), with original Deadpool scripters Rhett Reese Read more

Zardoz (1974)

Zardoz, often referred to as "the one where James Bond is in his pants," is set in a future post-apocalypse Earth in the year 2293. By this point in history Read more


Zapped is a British sci-fi/fantasy sitcom that takes place in both in the real world and in a town called Munty which exists in a medieval fantasy world. The series Read more

Z-Nation #1

A prequel set in the world of Syfy's #1 scripted hit zombie series Z Nation, Black Summer is as bad as the apocalypse gets. A worldwide drought and famine when Read more

Z-Mart 1

The employees at George's Market survive the night of the living dead, but not without some power-ups. Written by Bill Jemas and Matt Summo, with art by Wood Ashley and Read more