Jimmy Gardner

Last updated 09 January 2020

Jimmy Gardner (1924-2010)
(this image appears for illustrative purposes only and no attempt is made to supersede any copyright attributed to it)

Edward Charles James Gardner, DFM

Born: Sunday 24th August 1924
Died: Monday 3rd May 2010 (age: 85)


Jimmy Gardner had two roles in Doctor Who. In 1964 he played the role of Chenchu, the manager of the way station at Tun-Huang, in the fourth story of the series Marco Polo. He returned to the series in 1978 to play the role of Idmon in the fourth Doctor story Underworld. Idmon was a Trog on the planet formed around the P7E, and the father of Idas. He tried to encourage the other Trogs to rebel, but was arrested by the Guards and selected for sacrifice. He was rescued by the Doctor and escaped his planet's destruction on board the R1C.

Gardner had a long eventful life. He was a war hero, a survivor of two shipwrecks and numerous escapades on land, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal after completing some 30 missions as a Halifax rear gunner in No 10 Squadron. After the war he trained as an actor at The Central School and had a long career in television, film and stage. He appeared in many classic TV series including The Forsyte Saga, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars and The Onedin Line. In film he worked on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and had his most notorious role as Ernie the bus driver in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.