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 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 6:23 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Actor David Collings has died at the age of 79.

David Collings had a number of memorable appearances in Doctor Who appearing in eleven episodes of the Classic series between 1975 and 1983.

His first appearance was in the Fourth Doctor story Revenge of the Cybermen. Collins played Vorus, leader of the guardians on Voga. His performance as the proud renegade, trying to assert his races sovereignty but nearly bringing about their destruction was a tour de force.

He returned to the series in 1977 playing Poul in the story The Robots of Death. A very different role Poul was an undercover agent for the Kaldor City Company, eventually succumbing to Grimwade's Syndrome, the fear of Robots.

His final appearance came in the fifth Doctor story Mawdryn Undead, playing the title character Mawdryn, desperate to get the Doctor to give up his remaining regenerations.

David Collings was born in Brighton in East Sussex in 1940. His first television appearance came in 1964, playing Raskolnikov in a live production of Crime & Punishment. Over the next thirty years, he was a regular of the British screen appearing in such programmes as Dr. Finlay's Casebook, Point Counter Point, The Possessed, Canterbury Tales, Elizabeth R, By the Sword Divided, Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced, Sapphire & Steel and The Shadow of the Tower.

He played William Wilberforce in The Fight Against Slavery and Blind Pew in Treasure Island. In 1981 he appeared in the final episode of Blake's 7 playing Deva. He played Monkey in the late seventies adaptation of a Chinese folktale.

Film roles included Bob Cratchit in the classic 1970 film musical, Scrooge, as well as roles in The Thirty Nine Steps and The Outsider, while Radio listeners heard him as Legolas in the acclaimed BBC dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings.

In recent years Collins had worked for Big Finish appearing in several Doctor Who related productions.

David Collings died suddenly earlier today. He is survived by his children and by his wife, Karen Archer, who announced the death on Twitter.

I don’t if this is the right time, maybe no such thing anymore, but I feel I should share the news, for those who knew him, that our dear David Collings, actor, husband, father, died suddenly in the early hours of this morning. Perhaps we can celebrate him properly next year ...

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2020/03/david-collings-1940-2020.html

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

David Collings' appearances were always welcomed; loved his character portrayals.

I remember Collings playing a starving artist at the beginning of "A Sting in the Tail", a segment of DANGER MAN directed by Peter Yates.
He was also composer Hugo Wolfe in Ken Russell's MAHLER ('74).

One of his earliest roles was "The Prowler" which is perhaps my favorite episode of GIDEON'S WAY.

R.I.P.

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Very sad. I primarily remember him as mawdryn, but I liked him as Silver in Sapphire and Steel.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Sad news. I too remember him on UK tv as Silver in Sapphire and Steel, and those Who stories, of which of course Mawdryn was the biggest. Those Vogans had the Seal of Rassilon before the Time Lords knew it was theirs! And Vorus displays it proudly on his chest..

All of the above I have on dvd so maybe a tribute evening coming..

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Ah, I just loved this guy!

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

RIP

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Also appeared in the final episode of Blake's 7.

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I liked him as Silver in Sapphire and Steel.

Same.

Sad news.

 
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