It is with deep sadness that BlogtorWho reports the death of Doctor Who actor David Warner.

It is not hyperbole to state that David Warner can be regarded as one of the best actors of his generation. His career was so broad that it spanned over 50 years. To Doctor Who fans he will be immediately recognisable as Professor Grisenko from the episode ‘Cold War‘. He also provided the voice for Lord Azlok for the animated Doctor Who story ‘Dreamland‘. For fans of Big Finish productions he will be remembered as the voice of the ‘Unbound’ Doctor, regularly appearing alongside Lisa Bowerman’s Bernice Summerfield. Bowerman took to Twitter to pay a very personal tribute.

Away from Doctor Who, Warner trod the boards for the Royal Shakespeare Company with title roles in Henry VI and Hamlet amongst many others. On the big screen Warner was often the villain such as in Titanic (1997), The Thirty Nine Steps (1978), Time Bandits (1981) and Tron (1982). He also met a memorable demise in The Omen (1976). Warner also played several roles for another sci-fi franchise Star Trek perhaps most notably as Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country but also as St. John Talbot in the previous film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. More recently Warner played Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins Returns (2018), another credit on a lengthy list of movie appearances.

Television roles were also numerous and included episodes of Z Cars, Remington Steele, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Wallander. His voice work also included Ra’s al Ghul for Batman: The Animated Series and reprising the role for the equivalent series of Superman. His legacy will be substantial, leaving a significant body of work, not only in terms of quantity but quality.

BlogtorWho extends our thoughts to David Warner’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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