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GOD Complex

Stephen Thorne has played numerous roles as part of his long association with Doctor Who, but he’s best-remembered for the definitive portrayal of the legendary Omega.

Stephen Thorne made the first of his four Doctor Who appearances in the 1971 story The Dæmons. “What was going to happen was that the creature, Azal, would be played by [tall actor] Michael Kilgarriff, and I would do the voice,” he says. “I did a lot of voice work and radio around that time. But when I went along to see them, [producer] Barry Letts saw how tall I was.” Stephen is six feet four. “He said, ‘Well, you might as well do both.’ So I did poor Michael out of a job.”

Stephen Thorne, pictured during recording of the BBC audio drama The Ghosts of N-Space in 1994.

Letts must have liked his performance, as a year later Stephen was asked to play an Ogron in Frontier in Space and then the main villain in the next story to be recorded (though it was broadcast first). The Three Doctors marked Doctor Who’s tenth anniversary and for the first time showed all the different incarnations of the Doctor together.

A publicity shot of Stephen as Azal in The Dæmons (1971).
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The Doctor’s own people, and his home planet, were introduced in 1969 as a major chapter in the series’ history came to an end. Five decades later, the Time Lords and their devastating war with the Daleks are still essential parts of Doctor Who’s mythology. This special publication analyses every story set on Gallifrey, reveals previously unseen images from the making of the episodes and interviews key players in the Time Lords’ fascinating story.