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David Troughton (born 9 June 1950) is the son of Second Doctor actor Patrick Troughton. He is also one of the few actors to have appeared in both the 1963 and 2005 versions of Doctor Who. He also appeared in several Big Finish Productions audios. Like his father, Troughton is both a noted Shakespearean actor and a contributor to Doctor Who.
His largest role in the original version of Doctor Who was in the Third Doctor story The Curse of Peladon, where he played King Peladon, a role which he reprised in the Companion Chronicles story The Prisoner of Peladon. He had earlier appeared in minor roles in stories starring his father, in The War Games as Private Moor and The Enemy of the World as a guard.
In the early 1990's he was to become the face of Virgin Publishing's proposed new Doctor who would have appeared in the New Adventures line of books following the regeneration of the Seventh Doctor. The idea went as far as a photoshoot before the BBC vetoed the idea.
In licensed Big Finish Productions audios, he has played the villain in several Fifth Doctor adventures. He was the Tinghus in Cuddlesome, a new incarnation of the Black Guardian in The Key 2 Time stories, The Destroyer of Delights and The Chaos Pool and Raymond Gallagher in The Crimes of Thomas Brewster. He also read short fiction in the Short Trips audiobooks starring the Second Doctor.
Beyond Doctor Who, Troughton is also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a renowned classical actor. He co-starred with Peter Davison in the TV series A Very Peculiar Practice, and Colin Baker in three episodes of the home video and audio play series The Stranger. He enjoys strong friendships with both of these actors, and even shared living accommodations with Baker in the early 1970s. He was also friends with actor Katy Manning at one point. According to Manning, they had both apparently had wanted to convert the friendship into a romance, but neither had the courage to do so. (BBC DVD: The Three Doctors)
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