Michael Gough died today at 94, and it’s only right for us to pause to honor him, considering that he appeared in two iconic nerd entertainments, the Tim Burton (and Joel Schumacher, although we can forget those if we want) Batman films and Doctor Who, the latter as two different characters 27 years apart.
In Batman, he was, of course, Alfred, the faithful butler:
In Doctor Who, he first appeared in four 1966 First Doctor episodes as the evil Celestial Toymaker, of which only the last episode remains.
He returned as Councillor Hedin in another four-parter, “Arc of Infinity,” with the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. He was also married for a while to Anneke Wills, a/k/a Polly, the companion to the First and Second Doctors.
Gough appeared in non-Batman Tim Burton movies, too, right up to Alice in Wonderland, and was in a lot of the classic British horror flicks of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. You won’t find too many actors whose resumes include an Ealing comedy, Hammer horror, movies by Ken Russell, Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker, Sydney Pollack, and Martin Scorsese, plus Batman and Doctor Who. And those are just a few of his appearances.
Here’s his IMDB listing. He worked a lot.