Sylvester McCoy is a well-known Scottish actor, best known for being the seventh Doctor after taking over the lead role in Doctor Who in 1987 from Colin Baker. He remained on the series until it ended in 1989 but appeared with other subsequent Doctors and became the actor who, in a way, played the Doctor for a longer period of time than any other. In 1990, readers of Doctor Who Magazine voted McCoy’s Doctor as ‘Best Doctor.’
McCoy returned to the role of the Seventh Doctor in 1997, recording new audio for the video game – Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors.
Sylvester has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and in King Lear in 2007, playing the Fool to Ian McKellen’s Lear, a performance which made use of McCoy’s ability to play the spoons.
Most recently, Sylvester filmed ‘The Hobbit’, a three-part adaptation of the book, portraying the wizard, Radagast the Brown, alongside fellow King Lear actor Ian McKellen who reprises his role as Gandalf. Although the character of Radagast is only alluded to in The Hobbit, and only a minor character in The Lord of the Rings, the part was expanded for the films.
Sylvester plays the part of Curious McAye in ‘Dance of the Gobin Pipers’
The Hobbit – Radagast The Brown, Seventh Doctor – Doctor Who
Michelle Fairley appeared in Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), the USA Network series, Suits. She is, perhaps, best known, for her role as Catelyn Stark in the internationally TV series, Game of Thrones (2011). Michelle brought her sense of humour and irish charm to Edinburgh to create the voices of Curious MacAye’s mother and grandmother, in Dance of the Goblin Pipers. She was delighted to contribute to the book and help raise funds for the NSPCC.