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SF trivia question (a hard one, I think)

To my knowledge, only one actor has appeared in Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars and Blake's 7 (only counting films and TV episodes, not for example Big Finish audio productions).

Name him / her.

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iainjcoleman
Feb. 2nd, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Deep Roy: An Ewok in Return of the Jedi, Keenser in the recent Star Trek movie, The Clute in Blake's 7: Gambit and Mr Sin in Dr Who: Talons of Weng Chiang.
philmophlegm
Feb. 2nd, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
Correct - I'm impressed. I'd thought that would involve more clues!

He was also the alien woodwind player in the band playing in Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi and one of the decimas in an earlier episode of B7.

For those people still wondering who he is, by far his biggest* is as all of the Oompa Loompas in the Tim Burton version of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.





* "Biggest" is a relative term for a 4'4" tall actor...
iainjcoleman
Feb. 2nd, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
The obvious candidate was Julian Glover, but it turns out Star Trek passed him by. After him, there aren't that many people in the intersection of Who and B7 that might plausibly be in Star Wars/Trek. If Roy hadn't panned out, the next one on the list to check would probably have been T.P McKenna: it's not hard to imagine his considerable talents being woefully underutilised as "Second Ambassador" or whatever.
philmophlegm
Feb. 2nd, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
Julian Glover also gets ticks for Space 1999 (I think) and Game of Thrones. And his Who experience covers not only the Douglas Adams story 'City of Death' but also playing Richard the Lionheart back in the William Hartnell era.

Other not-quite-but-close candidates would be:

Brian Blessed (Trial of a Timelord in Doctor Who as King Yrcanos or something like that, the god / priest guy on Cygnus Alpha in the third episode of Blake's 7 and the Gungan king in Phantom Menace (as well as Prince Vulcan in Flash Gordon)

Michael 'Mr Bronson in Grange Hill' Sheard (Admiral 'You have failed me for the last time...' Ozzell in Empire Strikes Back, Section Leader Clegg (or something like that) in the episode of Blake's 7 where Tarrant first appears and a few things over the years in Doctor Who. Oh and a Space: 1999 appearance too.


It's Trek that seems to be the obstacle here - not much hiring of British actors for guest roles it seems.
parrot_knight
Feb. 2nd, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Barrie Ingham is in an episode of ST:TOS, I think, as well as in The Myth Makers. There have, I think, been actors from latterday Trek in current Who, but I forget which!
philmophlegm
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Simon Pegg would be a good example of modern Trek and modern Who, but he's far too young for B7.

Joan Collins counts for Star Trek (original series - she's in the Harlan Ellison-written time travel episode where they go back to the 1930s) and Space: 1999. No B7 or Star Wars though. She'd be great as a Who guest star though, perhaps as a Time Lord...
parrot_knight
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
W. Morgan Sheppard finally made it to Doctor Who in 'The Impossible Astronaut', having appeared in various iterations of Star Trek and Star Wars; but he makes up for no Blake's 7 by appearing in Babylon 5.
philmophlegm
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Good one!

But his son Mark Sheppard arguably goes further:
Doctor Who (also The Impossible Astronaut), Star Trek Voyager, The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica and Firefly, as well as a whole bunch of lesser cult series!
parrot_knight
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Indeed - and the elder Sheppard boasts a similar range of other cult series such as Quantum Leap, as well as BBC drama like When the Boat Comes In, where his character has the solid Geordie name of Dixon.
philmophlegm
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
That reminds me of the Mark Knopfler / James Taylor song 'Sailing to Philadelphia', about the drawing of the Mason-Dixon Line:
I am Jeremiah Dixon
I am a Geordie boy
A glass of wine with you sir
and the ladies I'll enjoy
Oh Durham and Northumberland
are measured out by my own hand
It was my fate from birth
to make my mark upon the Earth.
parrot_knight
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I doubt that someone from eighteenth-century mid-Durham would have identified himself as a Geordie, but the song is a good commemoration of the collaboration. I tried reading Pynchon's novel once, but didn't get very far.
philmophlegm
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
I think bunn had the same experience with the novel.
wellinghall
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Vultan, surely?
philmophlegm
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
You're right. Strange, I'd always somehow heard that as Vulcan.
wellinghall
Feb. 4th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
I don't think the name is ever articulated very clearly in the film.
iainjcoleman
Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Of course, I rather stupidly overlooked Sheard, he would also have been a prime candidate.

Trek is, as you say, the sticking point. I guess the relevant difference is that Star Wars was filmed at Elstree, while Star Trek was produced in LA.
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