The great Geoffrey Bayldon has sadly died at the age of 93.
An actor of far too many credits to mention, the Leeds born Bayldon held a special resonance for fans of cult, sci-fi and fantasy drama and anyone of a certain age now thanks to his most famous role, the eccentric medieval wizard Catweazle, from the 1970s series of the same name, who found himself transported to the present day.
Born in 1923, Bayldon served in the RAF during the war and trained to be an architect in peace time. However, a change of heart saw him take up study at the Old Vic with an ambition to become an actor, an ambition that was soon met; Bayldon was pretty much a regular face on British television from the 1950s onwards. He was considered for the lead role in Doctor Who not once, but twice; first in 1963 when the programme was commissioned and again in 1966 when the original lead William Hartnell stepped down. On each occasion, Bayldon said thanks but no thanks, but eventually took a guest role in the 1979 story The Creature from the Pit as the astrologer Organon opposite Tom Baker and Lalla Ward. In more recent years, he relented enough to play an alternate reality version of the Doctor in two Big Finish audio adventures; Auld Mortality and A Storm of Angels. Other famous roles include the sinister Crowman opposite Third Doctor Jon Pertwee in Worzel Gummidge, the title role in 1995's Magic Granddad and as Weston, the cynical teacher in the film To Sir, With Love.