Doctor Who's Professor Litefoot, Trevor Baxter, dies

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The actor and playwright Trevor Baxter has passed away, aged 84.

Baxter was perhaps best known for his role as Doctor Who's Professor Litefoot, a hugely popular supporting character who appeared on the show in 1977.

He shared the screen with Tom Baker's fourth Doctor in the fan-favourite outing 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang' – and formed an unforgettable partnership with Christopher Benjamin as Henry Gordon Jago.

Born November 18, 1932, Baxter graduated from RADA in 1951. He performed with the RSC, toured Shakespeare in South America and performed in the US with David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre.

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A playwright as well as actor, Baxter wrote the original plays Lies, Office Games and Undertaking and also adapted the works of Oscar Wilde, including Dorian Gray in 2003 and Lord Arthur Savile's Crime in 2005.

He also enjoyed a long and varied career in film and television from 1950 onwards, appearing in Adam Adamant Lives!, Z-Cars, Maelstrom, The New Avengers and 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Since 2009, Baxter had been recording new adventures as Professor Litefoot, with Big Finish releasing 13 series of the Jago and Litefoot audio plays.

Big Finish producer David Richardson paid tribute to the late actor, saying: "In the nine years that I knew and worked with him, Trevor Baxter never stopped laughing. Even when he first joined Big Finish... he was not a well man, but his illness never seemed to dampen his joy of life.

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"He loved reading – he didn't own a TV but read books on his Kindle voraciously. He loved classical music, and could talk about it with passion and at length. He was a hugely intelligent man with great taste, and yet he never made you feel uncomfortable if you didn't match his intelligence or taste. It was simply a joy to listen to him talking passionately.

"He also loved Jago and Litefoot, which kept him busy in the final years of his life, and he would listen to every single episode in every single release off the press, and write to me and tell me what he loved (which was usually everything)."

Richardson continued: "He adored working with Big Finish, but most of all he adored his co-star Christopher Benjamin, who he would tease mercilessly throughout every hour of every recording day. Those precious days (I think there might have been 60 of them) that I spent in their company were some of the happiest of my working life."

"Such a sad day. Doctor Who has lost one of its legends, and we've lost a dear friend."

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