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A Natural Charmer

Kevin Lindsay’s performance as Styre the Sontaran was one of the highlights of Doctor Who’s twelfth season. Sadly, this proved to be the actor’s final screen role…
Kevin Lindsay in his most famous role as Commander Linx in The Time Warrior (1973-74).
Kevin Lindsay (in short sleeves) at Oldham Rep with Carl Paulsen, Audrey Matheson and Kenneth Alan Taylor – a clipping from The Stage, dated 17 December 1964.

In December 1964, the Australian actor Kevin Lindsay was winding up a fruitful association with the repertory company at Oldham by playing Phileas Fogg’s comic manservant, Passepartout, in Around the World in 80 Days.

After a final role as Wishee-Washee in the company’s Christmas presentation of Aladdin, he then headed south and on Tuesday 30 March 1965 made his first appearance at Watford’s Palace Theatre – in, coincidentally, another version of Around the World in 80 Days. This time, however, he was playing a couple of apoplectic colonels (Cromarty and Proctor), with Passepartout going to a young actor called Brian Miller.

Elisabeth Sladen and Kevin Lindsay (in full Sontaran costume) pictured between takes on The Time Warrior.

“Typical Aussie, he was so relaxed, which was just what I needed.” ELISABETH SLADEN

Eight years later, this connection came in handy when Miller’s wife, Elisabeth Sladen, was cast in Doctor Who as the Third Doctor’s final companion, Sarah Jane Smith – and was naturally somewhat apprehensive about it. Noticing that his old colleague had been cast as the titular alien in Sarah Jane’s first story, The Time Warrior, Miller arranged for Lindsay to accompany his wife to the Cheshire location shoot, a journey that took place on Sunday 6 May 1973.

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TOM BAKER REVISITS HIS FIRST SERIES AS THE DOCTOR IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! As part of DWM’s detailed preview of the forthcoming Season 12 Blu-ray set, Tom Baker reflects on the role that changed his life. Also in this issue... ROGER MURRAY-LEACH An extensive interview with the production designer who achieved the impossible on Season 12 of Doctor Who. THE HOLMES MASTER PLAN How Season 12 script editor Robert Holmes created a storytelling formula that continues to influence the modern series. KEVIN LINDSAY The life and career of the Australian actor who played Styre in Season 12’s The Sontaran Experiment. BREWING UP The untold story of how Doctor Who led a marketing campaign for tea bags in 1976. GEORGIA TENNANT The actress talks about how her life has changed since she made her Doctor Who debut – and met her future husband – in 2008. JESSICA MARTIN Jessica talks about illustrating her character Mags (from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) for a new Seventh Doctor comic. NEW FACES The second part of a series looking at how new Doctors have been introduced to the public. THE TIME TEAM It’s hankies at the ready as the Time Team watch tearjerking episodes from 1982, 2006 and 2010. THE CLOCKWISE WAR Part Three of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross. PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!