Doctor Who: Six actors with links to Sunderland and the sci-fi series

John Hurt in Doctor Who - with two of the doctors.
John Hurt in Doctor Who - with two of the doctors.
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As Doctor Who prepares to burst back on to our screens on September 19, here are six actors with links to Sunderland and the sci-fi series.

• William Russell - born Sunderland 1924: Played the Doctor’s first male companion, science teacher Ian Chesterton, in 1963. Also acted in Superman, as well as Van der Valk, Shoestring and The Professionals.

Maurice Ro�ves in the Doctor Who serial The Caves of Androzani in 1984.

Maurice Ro�ves in the Doctor Who serial The Caves of Androzani in 1984.

• Karen Gillan - born 1987: Played Doctor Who’s companion Amy Pond from 2010-13. Her dad, Raymond, was born in Sunderland - but moved to Inverness before Karen was born.

• Maurice Roëves - born Sunderland 1937: Appeared in the Doctor Who serial The Caves of Androzani in 1984. Other TV performances include EastEnders and A Touch of Frost.

• Sir John Hurt, born 1940. His father served as vicar of St John’s parish, Sunderland. Appeared in three episodes of Doctor Who in 2013. Other performances include Elephant Man, Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter films.

• James Bolam - born Sunderland 1935. Known for roles in The Likely Lads and When the Boat Comes In - but also played Sir Archibald Flint in the Doctor Who audio play The Spectre of Lanyon Moor in 2000.

James Bolam (left) in The Likely Lads - but he also has links to Doctor Who.

James Bolam (left) in The Likely Lads - but he also has links to Doctor Who.

• Alan Browning - born Sunderland 1926: Played Alan Howard in Coronation Street and was married to Pat Phoenix. Had been due to play Fenner in the 1963 Doctor Who episode Power of Kroll but was replaced by Philip Madoc after falling ill.

• And then there was Doctor Who himself, Tom Baker, who took part in a Christmas parade through Sunderland in 1977.

William Russell as the Doctor's first male companion, science teacher Ian Chesterton, in 1963.

William Russell as the Doctor's first male companion, science teacher Ian Chesterton, in 1963.

This scene from Coronation Street shows Alan Browning with Pat Phoenix. Alan had been due to play a part in Doctor Who - but fell ill.

This scene from Coronation Street shows Alan Browning with Pat Phoenix. Alan had been due to play a part in Doctor Who - but fell ill.

Tom Baker in Sunderland in 1977.

Tom Baker in Sunderland in 1977.

Dr Who Matt Smith with Karen Gillan at Sunderland University in 2010.

Dr Who Matt Smith with Karen Gillan at Sunderland University in 2010.