Terry Mol­loy

Davros in Doc­tor Who

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De­spite hav­ing be­ing por­trayed by five ac­tors over 40 years, Doc­tor Who vil­lain Davros – cre­ator of the Daleks – is syn­ony­mous with ac­tor Terry Mol­loy. First breath­ing life into the hideously scarred, but in­tel­lec­tu­ally su­pe­rior, Kaled sci­en­tist in 1984’ s “Res­ur­rec­tion Of The Daleks”, Mol­loy has con­tin­ued to voice the char­ac­ter on stage and in au­dio dra­mas.

Would you play the role again on TV?

I’d love to. It’s ar­du­ous, phys­i­cally, but he’s a char­ac­ter I love. He has a depth to him.

What’s the strangest re­quest you’ve had from a fan?

A fan in a cave girl cos­tume came up and asked me to sign them – this fan was 26 stone and male with a beard!

Would any of Davros’s at­tributes have been use­ful in real life?

The in­tel­lect and the abil­ity to ex­ter­mi­nate peo­ple is some­thing I feel when I’m driv­ing! I sym­pa­thise with Davros. When you look at “Rev­e­la­tion”, he thinks he’s solv­ing star­va­tion, but he’s feed­ing peo­ple dead bodies! Morally that’s not a prob­lem for him.

Did you get any sou­venirs from set?

I did have one of my fin­gers that were blown off in the se­ries. Colin Baker got two of them and I gave one to char­ity. I plan to raid Colin’s house some­time to get the oth­ers back!

What would it say on his grave­stone?

There is only a new re­gen­er­a­tion to come!

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