Doctor Who and James Bond actor Bernard Horsfall dies aged 82

Horsfall starred alongside three successive Doctors and was also known for wartime drama Enemy at the Door

Fans of cult television will be sad at the news that actor Bernard Horsfall has died at the age of 82.


Throughout the 1960s and 70s Horsfall appeared in a string of classics including The Avengers, The Saint, The Persuaders!, Freewheelers, Crown Court and Within These Walls. 

He also worked alongside three actors to have played the Doctor in fondly remembered Doctor Who stories. He was Gulliver in The Mind Robber (1968), First Time Lord in The War Games (1969), a Thal called Taron in Planet of the Daleks (1973) and Chancellor Goth in The Deadly Assassin (1976).

The last story featured an infamous cliffhanger in which Goth (pictured) attempted to drown Tom Baker’s Doctor, a scene that drew complaints from TV campaigner Mary Whitehouse about violence in the show.

Hertfordshire-born Horsfall also played an ally of James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – part of an impressive film career that also included Shout at the Devil, Gandhi and Braveheart. 


But he is perhaps best remembered as respected doctor Philip Martel in the Channel Islands wartime drama Enemy at the Door, which ran for 26 episodes between 1978 and 1980.