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Star Wars Connections

By Jon Preddle

Jeremy Bulloch's roles in both Star Wars and Doctor Who inevitably give rise to the question, how many links are there between the two series' casts? Here's the answer...

The following is a by no means complete listing of the actors who have appeared in both series. (The article has been updated since its original publication).

Episode I: The Phantom Menace

  • Brian Blessed (Boss Nass): King Yrcanos (The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 5-8)
  • Alan Ruscoe (Plo Kloon): Auton (Rose); Tree person (The End of the World); Slitheen (Aliens of London)
  • Hugh Quarshie (Captain Panaka): Solomon (Daleks in Manhattan)

Episode II: Attack of the Clones

  • Silas Carson (Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray, Pilot): Alien voices (The End of the World); Ood voices (The Impossible Planet, Planet of the Ood)
  • Ayesha Dharker (Queen Jamillia): Solana Mercurio (Planet of the Ood)
  • Malcolm Tierney (Naboo Citizen): Doland (The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 9-12)

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

  • Silas Carson (Ki-Adi-Mundi): See: Attack of the Clones

Episode IV: A New Hope

  • Dave Prowse (Darth Vader): The Minotaur (The Time Monster)
  • Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin): Dr Who (Dr Who & the Daleks, Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD)
  • Garrick Hagon (Biggs): Ky (The Mutants)
  • Leslie Schofield (Commander One): Leroy (The War Games); Calib (The Face of Evil)
  • Don Henderson (General Taggi): Gavrok (Delta and the Bannermen)
  • Graham Ashley (Gold Five): Overseer (The Underwater Menace)
  • Malcolm Tierney (Imperial Officer): See: Attack of the Clones
  • George Roubicek (Imperial officer): Hopper (The Tomb of the Cybermen)
  • John Holland (Officer): Tigellan (Meglos)
  • Peter Roy (X-Wing engineer): Policeman (The Mind of Evil), Kastrian (The Hand of Fear), Policeman (Logopolis)
  • Shane Rimmer (Rebel technician): Seth Harper (The Gunfighters)
  • Mike Mungarvan (Stormtrooper): various roles (The Mutants, The Stones of Blood, and Dalek operator Destiny of the Daleks, Resurrection of the Daleks)
  • Michael Leader (Stormtrooper): Terileptil (The Visitation)
  • Cy Town (Stormtrooper/Guard/TIE fighter pilot): Dalek operator (various)
  • Tim Condren (Stormtrooper): Guerrilla (Day of the Daleks)
  • Pat Gorman (Stormtrooper): stunt man (various)
  • Peter Diamond (stunt man / Tusken Raider / Stormtrooper): Delos (The Romans); Technician (The Space Museum); Sailor (The Highlanders); Davis (The Ice Warriors); Morris Dancer (The Daemons). Diamond apparently doubled for Dave Prowse as Darth Vader in A New Hope, but sources also say that Prowse did all his own stunts. Diamond was famously the Tusken Raider that attacked Luke.
  • Steve Ismay (Stormtrooper): Sea Devil (The Sea Devils); body guard (The Mutants); mutant (Death to the Daleks); Cyberman (Earthshock)
  • Stephen Calcutt (Chewbacca stunt man): Mutant (The Armageddon Factor); Marshman (Full Circle)

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  • Dave Prowse (Darth Vader): See: A New Hope
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett): Tor (The Space Museum); Hal (The Time Warrior)
  • Julian Glover (General Veers): King Richard (The Crusade); Count Scarlioni (City of Death)
  • Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel): Rhos (The Ark); Dr Summers (The Mind of Evil); Laurence Scarman (Pyramids of Mars); Lowe (The Invisible Enemy); Mergrave (Castrovalva); Headmaster (Remembrance of the Daleks)
  • John Hollis (Lando's Aide): Sondergaard (The Mutants)
  • Milton Johns (Imperial Officer): Benik (The Enemy of the World); Crayford (The Android Invasion); Kelner (The Invasion of Time)
  • Mark Jones (Imperial Officer): Arnold Keeler (The Seeds of Doom)
  • Oliver Maguire (Imperial Officer): Shrieve (The Ribos Operation)
  • Ian Liston (Janson): Hero (The Armageddon Factor)
  • Stuart Fell (Imperial Snowtrooper): stunt man (various)

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

  • Dave Prowse (Darth Vader): See: A New Hope
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett): See: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Claire Davenport (Fat Dancer): Empress (Marco Polo)
  • Deep Roy (Droopy McCool puppeteer): Mr Sin (The Talons of Weng-Chiang), Posicar representative (The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 5-8)
  • Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna): Guard (The Mind of Evil)
  • Tony Starr (Gamorrean guard): Dalek operator (various)
  • Ailsa Berk (Bounty Hunter): movement choreographer (new series, various)
  • Alf Joint (Stuntman): uncredited stuntman (various)

Also noted...

Jeremy Bulloch had a second, uncredited role in The Empire Strikes Back as the Imperial Officer who grabs Princess Leia on Cloud City.

Toby Longworth (voice artist in many Big Finish audios), provided the voice of Trade Federation representative Lott Dod in The Phantom Menace.

Guy Siner (Ravon in Genesis of the Daleks) has played a variety of characters in the Star Wars video games.

Declan Mulholland (Clarke in The Sea Devils and Till in The Androids Of Tara), appeared as Jabba the Hutt in a scene originally cut from A New Hope, but restored for the special edition with Mulholland replaced with a computer-generated Jabba.

Dermot Crowley (General Madine in Return of the Jedi) has never actually appeared in Doctor Who, but screen-tested for the role of the Seventh Doctor in February 1997.

It is frequently claimed that the creation of K9 came about due to the popularity of C-3PO and R2-D2, however K9's introductory story The Invisible Enemy was already well into production before Star Wars screened in Britain.

Star Wars received an on-screen mention in Survival. Ace learns that one of her old friends, Flo, has married a brain-dead plumber nick-named ‘Darth Vader’. Establishing Star Wars as a fictional series in the Doctor Who universe however proved no deterrent to author Paul Magrs, whose novel The Scarlet Empress has on page 163 a reference to ‘a Corellian pirate’, a member of Han Solo's race.

More recently in The Sarah Jane Adventures, Clyde refers to Obi Wan Kenobi in Warriors of Kudlak, and to the Battle of Hoth in The Last Sontaran.

This item appeared in TSV 60 (June 2000).