Hamish Wilson

Hamish Wilson (13 December 1942 – 26 March 2020) was a Scottish actor from Glasgow who was best known for briefly taking over the role of Jamie McCrimmon for part of two episodes in the 1968 Doctor Who serial "The Mind Robber" when series regular Frazer Hines was ill with chickenpox and unable to attend the recording. The change of actor was written in as part of the story when Jamie is turned into a cardboard cut-out and has his face removed by the Master of the Land of Fiction. The Doctor's first attempt to reconstruct his face is unsuccessful. Eventually, Jamie's real face is restored when Hines recovered.[1][2]

Hamish Wilson
Born(1942-12-13)13 December 1942
Glasgow, Scotland
Died26 March 2020(2020-03-26) (aged 77)
  • Actor
  • radio producer
Years active1959–2013

Wilson trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama[3] and his early work includes an appearance on the first series of The Vital Spark (in the only surviving episode of that series, 1966's "A Drop O’ The Real Stuff"). At the time of his Doctor Who appearance, he was working in London for a furniture removal firm.[2] His other work includes numerous TV guest appearances in programmes such as Softly, Softly and Monarch of the Glen, and involvement in the documentary and the audio commentary on the 2005 DVD release of "The Mind Robber". Wilson also acted in Greyfriars Bobby (1961) and TimeLock (2013).[4] Starting in the 1970s, Wilson became a radio producer, working with Radio Forth and Radio Clyde[5] before moving to BBC Radio Scotland in 1989;[6] he later also became a senior producer for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, and received a fellowship from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1996.[7] He was also a staff member at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[5]


Wilson died from COVID-19 near his home in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire on 26 March 2020, aged 77. He was survived by his wife Dianne.[8]


  1. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - The Mind Robber - Details". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Kenny (27 September 2014). "Appearing on Doctor Who made massive impression on Hamish Wilson". scotlandnow. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  3. ^ A tribute to my good friend Hamish Wilson.
  4. ^ "Hamish Wilson". IMDb. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Guildhall School of Music & Drama | Hamish Wilson - Radio". www.gsmd.ac.uk. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Playing on a passage to Edinburgh". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Fellowships". Times Higher Education (THE). 15 March 1996. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  8. ^ A tribute to my good friend Hamish Wilson.

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