Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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Harry Towb, 1925-2009

Harry Towb, a Northern Irish actor who made it moderately big on the British stage and screen, died at the weekend (a few days before his 84th birthday), and I just wanted to acknowledge his two roles in Doctor Who - as Osgood, the lunar controller in episode 1 of The Seeds of Death and McDermott, the old-school plastics factory man in episode 2 of Terror of the Autons. In both cases he gets kiilled off pretty early on, but rather memorably so. Osgood has a fairly standard English accent, but McDermott is the only character ever to appear on Doctor Who sounding like he shares Towb's Norn Iron origins.


The Seeds of Death


 Osgood bids his farewell as he heads up to the moon...
 
...disappearing in the T-Mat booth...
 
...to find that his management problems...
 
...have been made worse by...
 
...the unseen intruders...
 
...(actually the Ice Warriors)...
 
...who shoot him. And he dies.


Terror of the Autons

McDermott is puzzled by the plastics factory...
 
...and the new advisor with the natty beard...
 
...who wants to show him a new invention...
 
...the chair you can just sink into...
 
...this is the forerunner of the bin that eats Mickey in "Rose"...
 
...and so McDermott dies.


Towb also returned rather bizarrely to play the Brigadier's aged Italian Uncle in The Ghosts of N-Space, Jon Pertwee's last outing as the Doctor, in 1996. There are no pictures from The Ghosts of N-Space, but perhaps that is just as well.
Tags: deaths, doctor who: 02, doctor who: 03
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