John Scott Martin 1926-2009

We’re sorry to report the passing of veteran Doctor Who guest actor and Dalek operator John Scott Martin, who sadly passed away on January 6th 2009.

One of Doctor Who’s longest running returning artists, Martin first appeared on television in 1958 on the BBC Sunday-Night Theatre. Large and small appearances on both television and cinema kept him busy in his niche as a reliable character actor, and his small stature made him the perfect choice to operate a Dalek in 1966’s The Chase. His first appearance in Doctor Who was however as a Zarbi in 1965’s The Web Planet, the first of 74 appearances across many Doctor Who stories. Between 1966 and 1988, John Scott Martin appeared in every Dalek story except Destiny of the Daleks.

Sadly he wasn’t given the chance to control the Daleks under the new regime at BBC Wales, however he was cast in Russell T Davies’ Mine All Mine in 2004 as Rico Vivaldi, the eldest member of the Vivaldi family who inherit Swansea in the story.

With film appearances as diverse as The Meaning of Life, Little Shop of Horrors and Pink Floyd’s The Wall, John Scott Martin’s everyday life was in sharp contrast. He was church warden and school governor in his home of Great Maplestead in Essex – a world away from Z Cars, I, Claudius, A for Andromeda and Adam Adamant Lives!

John Scott Martin was born April Fool’s Day 1926 in Toxteth, Liverpool, and died January 6th, 2009; he had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for several years.

His funeral will take place at 12 noon on Saturday, January 17 at St Giles Church, Great Maplestead, Nr Halstead, Essex.



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