Borusa Actor Angus MacKay Dies

It is with great sadness that Kasterborous relates the passing of actor Angus MacKay who appeared in several classic era Doctor Who episodes.


The actor, a star with numerous television appearances, made two separate Doctor Who roles his own. He first appeared in the 1976 classic The Deadly Assassin and made Doctor Who history when he brought to life the Doctor’s old teacher Chancellor Borusa. The character then went on to make a further three appearances in the series but it was MacKay who first gave us the likeable pomposity of Borusa.

The actor then went on to play the role of Turlough’s headmaster at Brendon Public School in the 1983 Fifth Doctor story Mawdryn Undead.

Outside of the Doctor Who world, MacKay made many a television appearance in classic shows including Only Fools and Horses, The Sweeney, One Foot in the Grave, Howard’s Way, Z Cars, Minder, The Professionals and Steptoe and Son. He also dipped his toes into the world of film when he appeared in the 1971 movie Percy which also featured T P McKenna. He also made appearances in both the Chevy Chase film European Vacation and the John Cleese comedy Clockwise.

MacKay was 86.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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