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Former Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs legend Steve Folkes has died, aged 59.


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Peter Miles has passed away.

Born on August 29 1928, Miles had appeared numerous times in Doctor Who most notably as Dalek creator Davros’ henchman Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks.
Davros in Genesis of the Daleks was played by Michael Wisher and while Davros would make further appearances but by different actors, Genesis of the Daleks marked Nyder’s only appearance in Doctor Who as he was exterminated by a Dalek when the Daleks turned on their creator Davros.

Miles later reprised Nyder in two stage versions of The Trial of Davros. In 1993 he was reunited with Wisher as Davros and in 2005 he appeared alongside Terry Molloy as Davros who had played the Dalek creator in the three 1980s Dalek stories and Wisher having died in 1995.

Miles then reprised Nyder alongside Molloy’s Davros in the Big Finish mini-series I, Davros in the final episode Guilt. I, Davros takes place before the events of Genesis of the Daleks for Davros.

Miles’ other Doctor Who roles in the TV series was in The Silurians playing Dr Charles Lawrence and in Invasion of the Dinosaurs playing Professor Whitaker.

In work related to Doctor Who, he appeared in the BBC Radio story The Paradise of Death playing Tragan.
As well as I, Davros: Guilt, Miles’ first work for Big Finish was for one of its early Doctor Who releases Whispers of Terrors playing Gantman.
He then made two appearances in Doctor Who spin-offs produced by Big Finish in Sarah Jane Smith: Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre playing Dr Brandt and in Bernice Summerfield: The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel playing Straxus.

Other audio work relating to the Doctor Who universe was for BBV Productions in Zygons: Absolution playing Christopher Shaw and for Magic Bullet Productions in the Kaldor City series playing Layly Landerchild.
Also for BBV, Miles appeared in The Stranger video More Than A Messiah playing Bernard. The Stranger video series is a Doctor Who-like series but could not be explicitly be Doctor Who itself due to copyright issues.

He also appeared in the parody video The Few Doctors playing BBC Executive.

Miles is one of many actors who appeared in both Doctor Who and Blake’s 7.
Like the Daleks, Blake’s 7 was created by Terry Nation who incidentally had written Genesis of the Daleks and Miles appeared in two episodes of Blake’s 7 Seek-Locate-Destroy (written by Nation) and Trial playing Rontane.
Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 were stablemates at the BBC and despite Doctor Who representing the plurality of Miles’ career as listed on IMDb and having made only two appearances in Blake’s 7, it is Blake’s 7 that appears with his name in the IMDb search engine.

He also appeared in Doomwatch in Hear No Evil playing Cook.
Other work included Sherlock Holmes (1964-68), Moonbase 3, The Sweeney, Survivors & The Eagle Has Landed.

Miles died on February 20 2018 at the age of 89.


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Dorka Nieradzik has passed away.

Born on March 5 1949, Nieradzik provided make-up for the Doctor Who stories The Leisure Hive, Logopolis, Four to Doomsday, Time-Flight, Vengeance on Varos, Revelation of the Daleks, Mindwarp segment of The Trial of a Time Lord, The Happiness Patrol & Silver Nemesis.

She also worked on Eastenders.

Other work included King Arthur, Children of Men, Elizabeth: The Golden Age & Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

She died on February 12 2018, exactly three weeks before her 69th birthday.


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Ken Dodd has passed away.
Born on November 8 1927, Dodd appeared in Doctor Who in Delta and the Bannermen playing Tollmaster.

Outside of Doctor Who his work included Alice In Wonderland & The Canterbury Tales.

He died on March 11 2018 at the age of 90.


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Debbie Lee Carrington has passed away.
Born on December 14 1959, Debbie Lee Carrington had appeared in the Buffy episode Listening to Fear playing Creature.
Outside of Buffy her work included Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, The Ewok Adventure, Amazing Stories, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, Invaders from Mars, Howard the Duck, Harry and the Henderson, Spaced Invaders, Total Recall, Batman Returns, Men In Black, Mighty Joe Young, She’s All That, The Lone Gunmen, Scary Movie 3, The Polar Express, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Boston Legal, Dexter, Bones, Dumb and Dumber, Titanic, Dennis The Menace Strikes Again!, Van Helsing & The Invasion.

She died on March 23 2018 at the age of 58.


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Geraldine Stephenson has passed away.

Born on December 4 1925, Stephenson worked on the Doctor Who story The Brain of Morbius as she credited for movement for its first two episodes.

Outside of Doctor Who her work included Strange Report, The Tripods, The House of Eliott & The Mrs Bradley Mysteries.

She died on Christmas Eve 2017 just 20 days after her 92nd birthday.


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Nicolas Chagrin has passed away.
Born on November 26 1945, Nicolas Chagrin appeared in Doctor Who in Vengeance on Varos playing Quillam.

Outside of Doctor Who his work included The Champions, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Department S, The Box of Delights, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The House of Eliott, Highlander, Bugs, Hex & Upstairs, Downstairs.

He died on August 26 2017 exactly three months before his 72nd birthday but his passing did not become widely known until sometime into 2018.


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