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Roger Delgado

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Roger Delgado (1918-1973)
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Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto

Born: Fri 1st March 1918
Died: Mon 18th June 1973 (age: 55)

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Roger Delgado was an English actor, best known for his role as The Master playing alongside the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee.

He was born in Whitechapel, in the East End of London within the sound of the Bow Bells. He attended the CVMS, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Holland Park. Delgado worked extensively on the British stage, and on TV, film and radio.

He appeared in the 1955 BBC Television serial Quatermass II, had a role in the Powell and Pressburger wartime drama Battle of the River Plate (1956), and came to wide popular attention in Britain when he played the Spanish envoy Mendoza in the ITC Entertainment series Sir Francis Drake (1961–62). Other work included roles in The Champions (1969), Danger Man (1961), The Saint(1962, 1966), and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969). He also appeared in The Avengers (1961, 1969), The Power Game (1966) and Crossfire (1967). In film, he appeared alongside Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in The Road to Hong Kong.

He began work on Doctor Who in late 1970, his first broadcast appearance being in the January 1971 adventure Terror of the Autons and was the principal villain for all of Series Eight’s stories. He made appearances in Series Nine and Ten with his last appearance being in The Frontier in Space.

Delgado planned to leave the series in 1974 and a grand battle was planned between the third Doctor and the master which would end in the Master’s Death and the Doctor’s regeneration. However while on location, shooting his first movie comedy role in the feature film Bell of Tibet, he was killed in a car crash, when the chauffeur-driven car in which he was travelling went off the road into a ravine.






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