Frazer Hines

Frazer Simpson Frederick Hines (born 22 September 1944) is an English actor. He began his career as a child actor and appeared in A King in New York (1957) with Charlie Chaplin.[1] He later played Jamie McCrimmon in Doctor Who, appearing in 117 episodes of the series, more than any other companion.[2] He was a regular in the series alongside Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor between 1966 and 1969, and made guest appearances in the 1980s stories The Five Doctors and The Two Doctors. He also had a long-running role as Joe Sugden in Emmerdale between 1972 and 1994.

Frazer Hines
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Frazer Hines in 2014
Born (1944-09-22) 22 September 1944 (age 76)
Horsforth, England
Alma materCorona Theatre School
OccupationActor
Years active1955–present
TelevisionDoctor Who
Emmerdale
Spouse(s)
(m. 1981; div. 1984)

Liz Hobbs
(m. 1994; div. 2003)
Websitewww.frazerhines.co.uk

Early life and careerEdit

Hines was born in Horsforth, a north-west suburb of Leeds in the West Riding of Yorkshire. His mother was Scottish and came from Port Glasgow.[3] He attended Corona Theatre School in London while a young boy. By the age of 10, he had appeared in numerous feature films as minor characters. In 1957, he performed the role of a boy called Napoleon in a six-part television adaptation of John Buchan's 1922 novel Huntingtower. From 1957 and throughout the 1960s, he performed a steady stream of roles in various television series, such as Jan in The Silver Sword (1957–58), Tim Birch in Emergency – Ward 10 (1963–64), and Roger Wain in Coronation Street (1965). He appeared in a 1964 serial, Smuggler's Bay, with Patrick Troughton.[4] With a well-established career in television, Hines appeared in feature films less frequently. However, he did appear in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, providing his voice for the dub of Mr Osato's Secretary who also does the Mission Control tannoy in the famous volcano base in the film.

Doctor WhoEdit

Hines' Doctor Who debut came in 1966, when he was cast to play the part of Jamie McCrimmon, the companion of the Second Doctor (played by Patrick Troughton). Originally intended as a one-off guest character, Jamie joined the regular cast and appeared in the series from 1966 to 1969. Hines reprised the role in a cameo in the 20th anniversary serial The Five Doctors (1983) and as a guest star in The Two Doctors (1985). Hines would appear in 117 episodes of Doctor Who in all[5]—more than any other "companion" actor in the history of the series. The only actors appearing in more episodes are those who played the first four Doctors. Many of the episodes featuring Jamie no longer exist in the BBC's collection.[6]

In 1968, during his third year on the show, Hines released with Major Minor Records the novelty record "Who's Dr. Who?" Esteemed songwriters Barry Mason and Les Reed composed the music and lyrics, but the record was a commercial failure. Hines would later call it the only flop Mason and Reed ever wrote.[7]

Frazer Hines and his fellow lead actors Patrick Troughton and Wendy Padbury (who played the Doctor's other companion Zoe Heriot) decided collectively that the workload of Doctor Who was exhausting them. Frazer was the first of the three to announce his intention to leave. Troughton asked him to stay a few more months, to the end of the sixth series, as this was when Troughton planned to relinquish his role. The three actors remained with the show until the conclusion of the final Season 6 serial The War Games (1969). In a documentary about Patrick Troughton, Hines reported that they all left with smiles on their faces, feeling that their job was done and that it was well done. Frazer attested that he remained in contact with Troughton afterward.

Author Diana Gabaldon credits watching Frazer Hines in the Doctor Who serial The War Games (and finding him attractive in a kilt) as the inspiration for her first novel, Outlander, a time travel story set in 18th century Scotland. Consequently, she named the novel's male protagonist Jamie.[8] She says that the character's surname, Fraser, is a coincidence, as the PBS station on which she watched Doctor Who habitually cut off the episode's credits. She did not learn Hines' name until several years after Outlander was published.[8]

 
Deborah Watling and Frazer Hines at a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary event

Up until 2007, Hines was the only surviving Second Doctor companion actor not to have acted in a Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio play. (The others have played characters other than their television roles.) In November 2007, he starred as Jamie in Helicon Prime, the second instalment in Season 2 of Big Finish's Companion Chronicles. Since then he has appeared in many more Companion Chronicles, where his uncanny ability to mimic Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor has been welcomed by fans of the show.[9] Hines has also recorded linking narration for many Second Doctor serials which no longer exist in video form; the soundtracks, along with Hines' narration, have been released on CD by BBC Audio. He also appeared in an audio trilogy with Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor as an older Jamie. In 2013, Hines portrayed both Jamie and the Second Doctor in the Big Finish audio play The Light at the End, produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

EmmerdaleEdit

After his tenure as Jamie in Doctor Who, Hines resumed the life of a jobbing actor until 1972, when he was cast in the soap opera Emmerdale Farm as Joe Sugden, [10] a role he played until 1994. In between making episodes of Emmerdale, as it was renamed in 1989, he has continued a career in the theatre and made occasional appearances in other TV shows. He stated in a 2019 interview, “I left Emmerdale because I got sick of going to work when it was dark and coming home when it was dark. I’d just got married and owned a stud farm, and so I said I would leave." He stated he was asked back to the show the following year but refused and was later killed off.[citation needed] Hines confirmed that he would like to return to the soap despite his off-screen death.

Later careerEdit

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1992.[11]

Hines appeared in Peter Kay's Comic Relief video of 2007, as one of the many guests dancing to Kay's Brian Potter and Matt Lucas' Andy Pipkin to the song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers.

He appeared as Daddy Warbucks in the stage musical Annie in 2014.[12]

Hines was cast in a 2015 episode of the television adaptation of Outlander, which he had helped to inspire.[13] In the May 2015 episode "Wentworth Prison", Hines portrayed Sir Fletcher Gordon, an English prison warden.[13][14]

Hines appeared as Sonny Troughton, a former criminal, in two episodes of Doctors in 2020[15] and starred in the romantic-comedy film Lost at Christmas set in the Scottish Highlands later that same year.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Hines has dated Deborah Watling, Susan George, Liza Goddard and Pamela Franklin. He has been twice married, first to Irish actress Gemma Craven[17] from 1981 to 1984, and second to waterskiing champion Liz Hobbs[5] (with whom he lived in Coddington, Nottinghamshire) from 1994 to 2003.

Boxtree, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, published Hines' autobiography in 1996. This work, titled Films, Farms and Fillies, first appeared in a paperback edition. Thirteen years later, in December 2009, Telos Publishing released a revised hardcover edition, titled Hines Sight.

In July 2010, Hines disclosed that he suffered from colorectal cancer for eleven years, explaining that he kept his illness a secret for fear of professional alienation. Since his recovery, Hines has openly promoted cancer awareness through Cancer Research and the Bobby Moore Cancer Foundation. His older brother Roy Hines (1942–1982) was also an actor and died of cancer aged 40.

Hines later toured Northern England in a solo performance covering his career.[citation needed]

Hines is a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats.[18]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1955 One Good Turn Boy
John and Julie Citizen at Palace
The Woman for Joe Boy
Geordie Boy
Windfall Boy
Stock Car Boy
On the Twelfth Day... Choirboy
1956 Moby Dick Boy
The Long Arm Urchin
Peril for the Guy Kim
The Weapon Jimmy
X the Unknown Ian Osborn
1957 The Smallest Show on Earth Boy
Miracle in Soho Boy
A King in New York Chef
1958 The Salvage Gang Kim
1959 A Woman's Temptation Tommy
Witness in the Dark Newsboy
1960 The Young Jacobites Angus
Tunes of Glory Boy
1963 I Could Go On Singing Schoolboy
1964 Go Kart Go Harry Haggetty
1967 You Only Live Twice Spectre Number 4 Voice
1971 The Last Valley Corg
Zeppelin Radio Operator
2013 A Voice to Die For Quentin Lucas
2014 Two Days In The Smoke Mr. Hemmings
2015 Impurity Carlson
2018 Sundown William
Blood Corral Thomas
2020 Lost at Christmas Frank
2022 G.O.D. Tech Dr. James Sheppard Pre-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1955 London Playhouse Mickey Day Episode: "Fighting Chance"
1957 Huntingtower Napoleon All 6 episodes
1957 Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! Bellhop Episode: "The Littlest Sergeant"
1957-1958 The Silver Sword Jan 6 episodes
1958 Run to Earth Mick Fairbairn 5 episodes
1958 Queen's Champion Toby All 8 episodes
1958 Mary Britten, M.D. Geoff Bates Episode: "The Doctor in the Dark"
1958 Cinderella Buttons
1958 The Adventures of William Tell Carl Episode: "The Boy Slaves"
1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre Donald Episode: "Proud Passage"
1959 Great Expectations Trabb's Boy Episode: "#1.5"
1959 Heidi Organ-grinder Episode: "Away from Grandfather"
1959 The Case Before You Peter Houghton Episode: "#1.5"
1959 Three Golden Nobles Tom Episode: "The Painter's Apprentice"
1959 The Men from Room 13 Hooligan Episode: "The Man Who Watched
Birds: Part 1"
1960 The Long Way Home Philippe Rondeur Episode: "Cross Country Run"
1960 Rendezvous Bully Episode: "The Dodo"
1960 No Man's Island Tim 2 episodes
1960 Armchair Theatre Perce Episode: "Mr Nobody"
1960 The Charlie Drake Show Nicholas Nickleby Episode: "A Christmas Carol"
1960 ITV Television Playhouse Landlady's Son Episode: "The Song of Louise
in the Morning"
1960 Yorky Phil Grundy Episode: "A Change of Tune"
1960 ITV Play of the Week Barney MacKean Episode: "The Member of the Wedding"
1961 The Cheaters Harry Episode: "The Man with the Ticking Head"
1961 Dear Charles Bruno
1961 ITV Television Playhouse Leonard Scott Episode: "Paris Round the Corner"
1961 Yorky Jimmy Episode: "The Student Teacher"
1961 Family Solicitor David Lee Episode: "In Custody"
1961 ITV Play of the Week Ephraim Episode: "Over the Bridge"
1961 Young Boy Episode: "The Whisperers"
1962 Late Summer Affair Youth
1962 Dr. Finlay's Casebook Robbie Grant Episode: "The Quack"
1962 Probation Officer Tom Harvey Episode: "#4.19"
1962 Z Cars 1st boy Episode: "The Five Whistles"
1962 Suspense Fred Markham Episode: "Needle Point"
1963 Billy Johnson Episode: "The Honest Man"
1963 The Plane Makers Bob Millett 2 episodes
1963 Smugglers' Cove Tim All 6 episodes
1963–1964 Emergency-Ward 10 Tim Birch 14 episodes
1963 ITV Play of the Week Noisy Boy Episode: "I Can't Bear Violence"
1964 Television Club Tony Brent Episode: "The Brent Family: A
Youth Hostel Weekend"
1964 Compact Ray 4 episodes
1964 Smuggler's Bay John Trenchard All 6 episodes
1964 The Old Wives' Tale Cyril 2 episodes
1965 The Villains Sonny Episode: "Sonny"
1965 Coronation Street Roger Wain 3 episodes
1965 The Flying Swan Jonathan Steele Episode: "The Age of Consent"
1965 Theatre 625 Peter Episode: "The Siege of Manchester"
1965 ITV Play of the Week Andy Episode: "Giants on Saturday "
1966 This Man Craig Keith Mitchell Episode: "Sticks and Stones"
1966 King of the River Bob Elliot 4 episodes
1966–1969,
1983, 1985
Doctor Who Jamie McCrimmon 117 episodes
1966 ITV Play of the Week John Episode: "Stories of D.H. Lawrence #4:
Samson and Delilah"
1967 Man on Motor bike Episode: "Cry Baby Bunting"
1971 Rules, Rules, Rules Alan Episode: "Rules and the Generation Gap"
1971 Seasons of the Year Jethro Episode: "The Three Graces"
1972–1994 Emmerdale Joe Sugden Series regular; 1515 episodes
1984 Duty Free Frazer Hines Episode: "El Astro"
1996 Expert Witness Michael Kyte Episode: "The Answer's in the Soil"
1997-1998 Out of Sight Mr. Spinks 3 episodes
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Duncan Ramsden Episode: "Glory Days: Part 1"
2008 Panto the Series Baron
2015 Outlander Sir Fletcher Gordon Episode: "Wentworth Prison"
2020 Doctors Sonny Troughton 2 episodes

Music videosEdit

Year Artist Title Role
2015 Linzi Gold "Killing Kiss" Barman[19]

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ "Frazer Hines | Doctor Who Interview Archive". Drwhointerviews.wordpress.com. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. ^ "5 Best & Worst Doctor Who Songs Of All Time". WhatCulture. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  8. ^ a b Gabaldon, Diana. "FAQ: About the Books". DianaGabaldon.com. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Frazer Hines Interview". Youtube.com. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Wedding in Emmerdale". TV Times via twitter. 9 September 1974. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Frazer Hines". Bigredbook.info. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Annie Star excited for show". Stuff.co.nz.
  13. ^ a b Ross, Robyn (19 August 2014). "Exclusive: Doctor Who Alum to Guest-Star on Outlander". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  14. ^ Leeds, Sarene (12 May 2015). "Watch Claire Receive Jamie's Personal Effects in Exclusive Clip From This Saturday's Outlander". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  15. ^ https://www.whatsontv.co.uk/news/emmerdale-legend-frazer-hines-doctors-606378/
  16. ^ https://film.list.co.uk/listing/1615249-lost-at-christmas/
  17. ^ "The Two Doctors **". Radio Times. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  18. ^ "List of members of the GOWR". Gowr.net. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  19. ^ Marcus (14 July 2015). "Frazer Hines Makes his Pop Video Debut". Doctor Who News Page. Retrieved 24 April 2017.

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