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The Perfect GENTLEMAN

Following his initial appearance in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, George Litefoot became one of Doctor Who’s most popular and enduring characters. We pay tribute to Trevor Baxter, the actor who brought the Professor to life.

Trevor Baxter, who has died aged 84, was best known to Doctor Who fans for having played the genial pathologist George Litefoot in the 1977 serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Professor Litefoot contributes to some terrific scenes, notably in Part Two where the polite Victorian gentleman tries not to make tribeswoman Leela (Louise Jameson) uncomfortable at dinner, and so eschews both plate and cutlery in order to eat with his hands.

Later on in the serial, Litefoot teams up with theatrical impresario Henry Gordon Jago (Christopher Benjamin). The two very different characters – Jago all bluster and bravado, Litefoot considered and intelligent – complemented each so well that there was talk of giving them a starring role in their own spin-off series. “He was wicked person, Trevor,” says Christopher with affection. “A wicked, quite naughty person. But he was delightful and he was very, very clever. I had to put up with him always getting the better of me in any argument or joshing. He was a raconteur and an intellect.”

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Contents include: · An exclusive interview with the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker · DWM asks what the casting of Jodie Whittaker means for the future of Doctor Who. · Go behind the scenes with monster makers Millennium FX, with never-before-published imagery from the making of the last series. · DWM talks exclusively to former showrunner Russell T Davies about his illustrations for the forthcoming collection of Doctor Who poetry, Now We Are Six Hundred. · Nicholas Briggs reveals the secrets of giving voice to the Cybermen. · Discover new information about a classic adventure as the 1964 First Doctor story The Aztecs goes under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction. · DWM pays tribute to the late Trevor Baxter, who played Professor Lightfoot in 1977's The Talons of Weng-Chiang, with contributions from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin, Lisa Bowerman and more. · A brand-new comic strip adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill The Parliament of Fear, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Staz Johnson. · A sneak preview of the forthcoming book on the history of Doctor Who in the USA: Red, White and and Who. · Legendary guitarist Hank Marvin talks about his latest recording – the Doctor Who theme! · Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.
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