BlogtorWho is sad to report the news that actor Geoffrey Bayldon passed away yesterday at the age of 93. A distinguished actor of big and small screen he made guest appearances on a wide variety of television shows during a career spanning over half a century.
During the 1960’s Bayldon was considered for the roles of both the First and Second incarnations of The Doctor but is said to have declined the part. Bayldon would however later appear as Organon in 1979’s ‘The Creature from the Pit’ opposite Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor. He would later fill the role of The Doctor for Big Finish audios in their Unbound series. Playing an alternative First Doctor opposite Carol Ann Ford’s Susan ‘Auld Mortality’ was released in May 2003 with ‘A Storm of Angels’ released in January 2005.
Geoffrey Bayldon will be best remembered as Catweazle in the LWT series of the same name and also as the Crowman in ‘Worzel Gummidge’ opposite Third Doctor actor Jon Pertwee. He also made guest appearances in shows including ‘Z Cars’, ‘The Saint’, ‘The Avengers’, ‘Bergerac’ to name but a few, and more recently in ‘My Family’. On the big screen he also played the role of Q in 1967’s ‘Casino Royale’ plus appearances in films which varied from ‘The House That Dripped Blood’ to ‘Ladies in Lavender’.