Mark Strickson

Last updated 09 January 2020

Mark Strickson
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Mark Strickson

Born: Monday 6th April 1959 (age: 65)


Mark Strickson  is a British TV producer and actor best known for his acting role as the character of Vislor Turlough alongside Fifth Doctor Peter Davison.

Strickson was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School in his home town, 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. After he left Doctor Who, Strickson emigrated to Australia where he studied zoology at the University of New England, Armidale. He now lives in Dunedin, New Zealand.

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

Strickson is now 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. He was the person who brought Steve Irwin to public attention with such shows as The Ten Deadliest Snakes in the World.

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