Wednesday, 28 February 2018

RIP Peter Miles

The actor Peter Miles, famous for his three appearances on Doctor Who in the 1970s, has died at the age of 89. Miles' best known role of the three guest spots was that of Nyder, the cold and sadistic, loyal lieutenant to Davros in 1975's Genesis of the Daleks.

Miles was a regular on the Doctor Who convention circuit and a much loved guest. His other appearances on the show were as Dr Lawrence in the 1970s serial The Silurians and Professor Whitaker in 1974's Invasion of the Dinosaurs. Both were opposite Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, and the pair were reunited for the 1993 radio adventure The Paradise of Death. He also appeared in several audio productions for Big Finish as well as recording cast commentaries for the DVD releases of the serials he took part in. Away from Doctor Who, Miles appeared in films, including The Eagle Has Landed, in which he played Hitler, and many classic television shows such as Paul Temple, Colditz, Moonbase 3, Survivors, Blake's 7, Poldark, The Sandbaggers and Bergerac. Asides from acting, Miles was an accomplished jazz singer and musician and accompanied his childhood friend Dusty Springfield on guitar for the very first recording she made; Can't We Be Friends...


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