BlogtorWho takes a look at Trevor White, one of the guest stars in this week’s episode of Doctor Who, ‘Rosa‘.
Trevor White was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1970, and is now based in London. He has been acting professionally for over twenty years and has appeared in a wide variety of British and American films and television series. He has also starred in several high-profile stage productions, as well as lending his voice to a number of video games.
Check out some of his career highlights below!
Telepathy, Alternative Timelines, and Period Dramas
White is no stranger to sci-fi. From 1997 to 1999, he frequently appeared as FBI technician Doug Scaife in X-Files creator Chris Carter’s series Millennium, which followed ex-FBI agent Frank Black, who had the ability to see inside the minds of criminals.
More recently, he portrayed Daniel Hapkiss in BBC drama SS-GB, which takes place in an alternate timeline in which the UK is occupied by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. This role is particularly noteworthy, as this week’s episode of Doctor Who sees someone trying to change the course of history in 1950s Alabama.
Elsewhere, White has appeared in a few other period dramas. He played Major Patrick Gordon in the second series of Downton Abbey, as well as appearing in ITV’s The Durrells, which saw him portray controversial American writer Henry Miller alongside former Doctor Who guest star Keeley Hawes (Time Heist).
He has also appeared alongside another former Doctor Who star in 2017 film Mad To Be Normal as Bryan, which featured Tenth Doctor David Tennant in the lead role as psychiatrist R.D. Laing.
Adventures in Outer Space
Trevor White is also a familiar voice in the world of video games. He’s had previous experience with all things outer-space prior to Doctor Who, as he voiced alien ex-Spectre agent Avitus Rix in Mass Effect: Andromeda. He has also provided additional voices for several of the Assassin’s Creed games, as well as for Star Wars: Battlefront, amongst other games.
White has also been heavily involved in the world of theatre throughout his career. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the Suspect Package Theatre Company, which was formed in London in 2003 to perform Canadian plays in the UK.
He also starred in the 2012 West End production of Eugene O’Neill’s 1956 play A Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre. He starred in this production as James “Jamie” Jr. alongside David Suchet, who is most famous for his role as the eponymous Belgian detective in ITV’s Poirot. Doctor Who fans will also recognise Suchet as portraying The Landlord in 2017’s Knock Knock.
In 2014, White starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Henry IV Parts I and II as Hotspur and Mowbray respectively.
In the upcoming episode of Doctor Who, Trevor White is set to take on the role of James Blake, who was the bus driver who ordered Rosa Parks to give up her seat to a white man in the event which sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It will be very interesting to see how Blake and his role in Rosa Parks’ story will be portrayed within the episode.
Doctor Who continues this Sunday 21st October with ‘Rosa‘ on BBC One at 6:55pm. Guest stars include Vinette Robinson, Joshua Bowman and Trevor White. Written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall. Directed by Mark Tonderai.