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David Banks (born 24 September 1951 in Hull, England) is a British actor.

David Banks
Born (1951-09-24) 24 September 1951 (age 67)

As a theatre actor, he has played many leading roles in London and throughout the UK. His numerous TV appearances include long-running portrayals in Brookside, playing the wrongly convicted murderer Graeme Curtis, and 181 episodes of L!ve TV’s drama series Canary Wharf as Max Armstrong, head of news, who was finally abducted by aliens. He also appeared in EastEnders in 1992, playing the photographer, Gavin, at Michelle Fowler's graduation ceremony.

During the 1980s, he was the Cyberleader in the science fiction series Doctor Who in all stories featuring the Cybermen: Earthshock (1982), The Five Doctors (1983), Attack of the Cybermen (1985) and Silver Nemesis (1988). In 1989, he played the part of Karl the Mercenary in the stage play Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure, except for two performances when he appeared as The Doctor, replacing Jon Pertwee who had fallen ill.

He writes and directs and has worked extensively as a voice artist, recording over 100 audiobooks – including an unabridged version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (Talking Books, 2006). In 2007, he revived his portrayal of Karl the Mercenary in a Big Finish Productions audio adaptation of Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure with Colin Baker as The Doctor.


Banks is the author of several published books. In 1988, he wrote Doctor Who – Cybermen, illustrated by Andrew Skilleter (Who Dares Publishing, 1988),[1] which encompasses the history and conceptual origins of cybermen. He adapted the book into four audio cassettes, The ArcHive Tapes, which he also narrated.[2] (These were re-released on CD in 2013 with bonus material by Explore Multimedia.[3]) He later wrote the novel Iceberg (Virgin, 1993) for the Virgin New Adventures range of Doctor Who spin-off novels, which was set in 2006, when an inversion of the Earth's magnetic field is threatening to destroy human civilization, and featured the Cybermen and the investigative journalist Ruby Duvall. His play Severance, about the 12th century lovers Abelard and Heloise, was first performed in 2002. In 2008, he was invited to deliver a paper about cyber emotions entitled "Life as an emotionless killing machine: Cybermen in a Strange State"[4] by the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne. This paper references the recent reappearance of Cybermen on television after a long absence.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Keep it in the Family Leslie Episode: The Mouthtrap
1982-88 Doctor Who Cyber Leader 9 episodes, 1 TV special: The Five Doctors
1991 The Bill D. I. Graveny Episode: Caught Napping
1994 EastEnders Gavin
2006 Doctors Inspector Headley Episode: Beat


  1. ^ Doctor Who - Cybermen also published by WH Allen & Co, 1990, ISBN 0-352-32738-3
  2. ^ The ArcHive Tapes: Origins of the Cybermen (1989), The Early Cybermen (1989), The Cyber Nomads (1990) and The Ultimate Cybermen (1990). Origins of the Cybermen was also released on CD in 2004 as part of the BBC Doctor Who Cybermen audiobook box set tin, ISBN 978-0-563-52508-0.
  3. ^ Cybermen: The ArcHive Tapes, Explore Multimedia
  4. ^ The paper was first presented at the Centre for Time and the Russellian Society on 28 March 2008 at the invitation of Huw Price, Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney [1]

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