Blogtor Who is sorry to report the death of Stephen Moore, at the age of 81

The actor Stephen Moore, who played the Silurian elder Eldane in 2010’s Cold Blood, has died. Remarkably, not only was Doctor Who simply one credit in a long career, but even Doctor Who fans probably know him better from his other roles.

Despite the extensive Silurian prosthetics, his rich tones were instantly recognizable. To Blogtor Who he was Adrian Mole’s dad George in the iconic The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾. But to many he would have been equally familiar as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android in the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

On screen, Moore often portrayed hapless everymen, standing by as chaos and weirdness exploded around them. Popular CBBC comedy The Queen’s Nose saw him face the regular madness caused by his daughter’s magic coin. While The Peter Principle prefigured The Office with its concept of an incompetent manager driving his own workers to distraction. Always with Moore as the world weary bank teller ironically observing Jim Broadbent’s foolishness. In Harry Enfield and Chums he mixed a similar weary acceptance with occasional rage and fear as the father of the world’s worst adolescent – Kevin the Teenager.

Moore lived a life on stage as well as screen

He was also well known on the stage. He won a Laurence Olivier Award for his Torvold, the overbearing husband of Nora Helmer in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. More also received a Tony Award nomination as Parolles in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s All’s Well That Ends Well.

Portraying Eldane for Doctor Who was one of Moore’s final roles. But he leaves behind a legacy as a beloved figure in British television and fantasy, and children’s television. Whether as a robot that manages to wind up older than the universe itself (and properly cross about it) or a wise reptile man from the dawn of time, he’s sure to be remembered fondly for decades to come.


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