Theatrical agent Michael Summerton – who died on June 16th 2009 – made the transition from acting following an appearance in Doctor Who in the shell of one of the Daleks from the aliens very first appearance, the 1963 tale The Daleks.
Summerton’s early career is one of might have been moments, and much of it is unknown with only 3 episodes of Doctor Who recorded on IMDb; he appeared in at least one other TV series.
Of playing one of the first Daleks in Doctor Who he recalled:
“We want to test this prototype for manoeuvrability. We want you to move forwards, backwards, sideways. Quickly, slowly.” Presently the director lowered a lid over him with a plunger sticking out of it. Summerton found himself in total darkness. He would later relate: “When the lid went on I knew my career as an actor was over.”
Summerton’s later career saw him open his own talent management agency in 1970 (www.michaelsummerton.com) with a raft of dance talent and choreographers on his books. Born in Rochdale on December 22 1943, he died of cancer, unmarried on June 16th 2009. His Memorial Service took place on July 10th.
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(Thanks to Dave Cawley)