"I believed totally in the possibilities implied by the series. I never thought of it as fantasy. Far from it."Patrick Troughton (1920-1987) is best known for playing the second Doctor in the TV series Doctor Who. He was in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He was the first actor to play the folk hero Robin Hood on television.Troughton was known largely for his comedic roles before playing the Doctor, and thus decided to play the character differently from William Hartnell: the stern but caring grandfather was replaced by a clownish eccentric. This established a major factor to the show's popularity: the idea that regeneration not only changed the Doctor's appearance, but elements of his personality as well, allowing each actor who played him to put their own mark on the character. Hartnell fully endorsed Troughton's casting, reportedly saying that "there is one man in Britain who can take over [the role of the Doctor] and that's Patrick Troughton."Troughton left the role after three years, but retained a life-long affiliation with the program, returning to play the Doctor three more times in various special episodes. Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, cites Troughton as an inspiration for his version of the character, and it shows. He is also the actor who has reprised his role for televised multi-doctor specials most often ("The Three Doctors", "The Five Doctors" and "The Two Doctors"), beating fellow actors from that period Jon Pertwee ("Dimensions in Time" and "The Five Doctors") and William Hartnell ("The Three Doctors" and The Other Darrin in "The Five Doctors"). Troughton advised Peter Davison to limit his time to three seasons in order to avoid being typecast as the Doctor, and the rule has since been followed by David Tennant and Matt Smith.He died of a heart attack at the Magnum Opus Con II Science Fiction convention in America, after ignoring the advice of his doctors who had told him not to go. He had two daughters and four sons. Many of his sons and grandsons have followed in his footsteps and become actors. His son David has made two significant Doctor Who appearances, as King Peladon in the Third Doctor story "The Curse of Peladon" and as Professor Hobbes in the Tenth Doctor episode "Midnight", whilst his other son Michael appeared in the 2014 Christmas special. David's son, Sam Troughton, is best known as Much, in the recent Robin Hood series. Another grandson, Harry Melling, is best known as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films.
Works this actor has appeared in:Films
- Chance Of A Lifetime (1950)
- Hamlet (1948 version)
- Treasure Island (1950 version)
- Jason and the Argonauts (1963 version)
- The Phantom of the Opera (1962 version)
- The Gorgon (1964)
- Scars of Dracula (1970)
- The Omen (1976 original)
- Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
- The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1956 TV series)
- The Box Of Delights
- Doctor Finlays Casebook (1962 TV series, ran to 1971)
- Doctor Who (1963 TV series, hiatus 1989-2005, still ongoing.) In it from 1966-69, reprised role in 1972-1973 for The Three Doctors, 1983 for The Five Doctors and 1985 for The Two Doctors.
- The Feathered Serpent (TV series, 2 seasons, 1976 and 1978)
- The Old Curiosity Shop (1962 TV series)
- Paul Of Tarsus (1960 TV series)
- Robin Hood (1953 TV series)
- The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970 TV series)
Tropes associated with this actor include:
- And a Diet Coke: A tragic example.
- Fan Convention: He infamously died at one in America. His doctors told him not to go. He ignored them.
- Refuge in Audacity: Was once remembered by his son David as having a love for peeing on public golf courses. And on that note:
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Cursing like a sailor when he bungled his golf games.
- Wearing a Tea Cosy on Your Head: He did this in cold weather in the North Sea, when he was in the Royal Navy. It's recognizably as British as a Union Flag.