Iain Cuthbertson 1930-2009

Kasterborous is sad to report the passing of Scots actor Iain Cuthbertson, who sadly died on September 4th 2009, aged 79.

Ian Cuthbertson in The Ribos Operation, 1978Cuthbertson was popular with Doctor Who fans as the galactic conman Garron in 1978’s The Ribos Operation which featured an audacious attempt to sell a planet to a psychotic deposed prince the Graff Vynda-K. Garron’s ruse was based around a single piece of Jethrik, a rare element with vast energy properties which was in fact the first segment of the Key to Time.

Written by Robert Holmes, The Ribos Operation features a superbly entertaining performance from Cuthbertson who as Garron was part of a criminal double act (with Nigel Plaskitt as Unstoffe) that has gone down in the annals of Doctor Who fandom.

Interestingly, Cuthbertson – born January 4th 1930 – was the son of noted biochemist Sir David Cuthbertson, who was part of the team that invented the saline drip. Iain Cuthbertson graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA Honours in French and Spanish and worked for a short time as a radio journalist with the BBC in Glasgow before deciding to become an actor at 25.

Also known for starring in the television series Budgie, spinoff Charles Endell, Esq and Sutherland’s Law, Cuthbertson also became well known to children in the 1980s as Scunner Campbell, the sworn villain of bizarre TV hero Supergran.

His film career kicked off in 1970 in The Railway Children in which Iain Cuthbertson played the children’s father, Charles Waterbury; several other movie appearances followed including 1991’s Let Him Have It which starred Christopher Eccleston.

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