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Mark Strickson (born 6 April 1959) is a British TV producer and actor best known for his acting role as the character of Vislor Turlough, a companion of the Fifth Doctor, on the television series Doctor Who.

Mark Strickson
Born (1959-04-06) 6 April 1959 (age 60)
Stratford-upon-Avon, England, United Kingdom
Years active1982–2003
Spouse(s)Julie Brennon (divorced)
Delny Britton (divorced)
Lisa Strickson

Early lifeEdit

Strickson was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School in his home town, the same school as William Shakespeare,[1] and was also a chorister at Holy Trinity Church (Shakespeare's Church), where his father, John Strickson, was organist and choirmaster. He studied drama at RADA in London.[2] After he left Doctor Who, Strickson emigrated to Australia, where he studied zoology at the Armidale campus of the University of New England, part funding his education by teaching Theatre Studies for 5 years.[3] He subsequently relocated to Dunedin, New Zealand, where he took up residence.[4]


As an actor, he appeared in the BBC medical series Angels before landing his part in Doctor Who,[5] in which he starred for two years. He also played the young Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol.

Strickson subsequently became a documentary producer and director, especially of wildlife documentary programmes. He has produced programmes for, amongst others, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Animal Planet. It was he who, in this capacity, brought Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter," to public attention with such shows as The Ten Deadliest Snakes in the World.[6][7][8][9]

Strickson appeared at Doctor Who's 20th Anniversary celebrations in Longleat in 1983 alongside many other cast and crew members from the series. He has reprised the role of Turlough in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio dramas.[10] He has also contributed interviews and voiceover commentaries for DVD releases of his various Doctor Who serials.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Angels Terry 6 episodes
1983-84 Doctor Who Vislor Turlough 31 episodes, 1 TV special: The Five Doctors
1993 Minder Swan 1 episode: For a Few Dollars More


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  2. ^ "Mark Strickson (1994)". 11 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ "Mark Strickson (1994)". 11 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Producer Mark Strickson Joins NHNZ (NHNZ Press Release)". 9 March 2006. Archived from the original on 11 August 2007.
  7. ^ Pieter de Vries ACS "Steve Irwin and Crocs around the World". 8 September 2006. Archived from the original on 12 October 2006.
  8. ^ Pieter de Vries ACS "Cinematographers Life - Croc Around the Rock". 18 July 2006. Archived from the original on 12 October 2006.
  9. ^ Mark Strickson Interview in The Malaysia Star Newspaper 8 March 2005, Quoted by Outpost Gallifrey "Mark Strickson: Crocodile Hunter". Archived from the original on 2 September 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2006.
  10. ^ "Doctor Who - Interview with Mark Strickson". 13 March 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2015.

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