Patrick Troughton

Patrick Troughton

67 (passed away Mar. 28th, 1987)
Mar. 25th, 1920
Born in
Mill Hill, London, England, UK

Patrick Troughton's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Doctor Who (UK) (1963) TV Show
Doctor Who (UK) (1963)
Inspector Morse (UK) TV Show
Inspector Morse (UK)
Only When I Laugh (UK) TV Show
Only When I Laugh (UK)
A Family at War (UK) TV Show
A Family at War (UK)
Doomwatch (UK) TV Show
Doomwatch (UK)
Robin Hood (UK) (1953) TV Show
Robin Hood (UK) (1953)
Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (UK) TV Show
Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (UK)
Knights of God (UK) TV Show
Knights of God (UK)
Little Women (UK) TV Show
Little Women (UK)
Nationwide (UK) TV Show
Nationwide (UK)
Bognor (UK) TV Show
Bognor (UK)
Lorna Doone (UK) TV Show
Lorna Doone (UK)
No Cloak - No Dagger (UK) TV Show
No Cloak - No Dagger (UK)
The Devil's Crown (UK) TV Show
The Devil's Crown (UK)
The Midnight Men (UK) TV Show
The Midnight Men (UK)
The Naked Lady (UK) TV Show
The Naked Lady (UK)
The Old Curiosity Shop (UK) TV Show
The Old Curiosity Shop (UK)
The Scarf (UK) TV Show
The Scarf (UK)
Treasure Island (UK) TV Show
Treasure Island (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Patrick Troughton was born in Mill Hill, London and was educated at Mill Hill School. He trained as an actor at the Embassy School of Acting in the UK and at Leighton Rollin's Studio for for Actors at Long Island, New York in the USA. During World War II he served in the Royal Navy and after the war ended he joined the Old Vic and became a Shakespearean actor. He won his most famous role as the second Doctor in "Doctor Who" (1963), in 1966 and played the role for three years. His hobbies included golf, sailing and fishing. He was a father of six (David, Jane, Joanna, Mark, Michael and Peter), a stepfather to Gill and Graham and a grandfather to Harry Melling, Jamie and Sam Troughton.

  • When it was announced in 1980 that 'Peter Davison (I)' (qv) was to play the Fifth Doctor, he advised the 29-year-old actor to limit his time on the series to three years, as he had done, in order to avoid being typecast. Davison followed this advise. In March 1987, only weeks before Troughton's death, Davison advised 'Sylvester McCoy' (qv), who had been announced as the Seventh Doctor that month, to do likewise.
  • Children: Joanna, Jane, David, Michael, Peter and Mark.
  • Of the first four actors to play the Doctor in _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv), he had the shortest lifespan at 67 years and three days.
  • He was the earliest living Doctor from the death of 'William Hartnell' (qv) on April 23, 1975 until his own death on March 28, 1987. As he predeceased 'Jon Pertwee' (qv), nine months his senior, he was never the oldest living Doctor.
  • He was the first actor to play the legendary folk hero Robin Hood on television, in _"Robin Hood" (1953)_ (qv). The series ran for six episodes in March and April 1953 and were broadcast live. Coincidentally, his grandson 'Sam Troughton' (qv) plays Much, a trusted friend and ally of the character, in _"Robin Hood" (2006)_ (qv).
  • Troughton died while attending a science fiction convention (Magnum Opus Con) in the United States. His successor as the Doctor, 'Jon Pertwee' (qv), also died of a heart attack while visiting the U.S.
  • He was the only actor to play the Doctor and his archnemesis in the same story, which was "The Enemy of the World," in which he played a Hispanic dictator named Salamander.
  • Stepchildren: Jill and Graham.

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